Monday, 12 January 2009

Snowberries

I thought I'd start the week with a macro photo. The Snowberries are a common sight around town at this time of year, these ones are planted around the tennis courts at Montpellier Gardens. I found the following about the plant at Wikipedia "Symphoricarpos is a small genus of about 15 species of deciduous shrubs in the family Caprifoliaceae. All but one are natives of North America and Central America; the one remaining is from western China. Its common names in English are Snowberry and Waxberry. It is a member of the Honeysuckle Family, the Caprifoliaceae." So there you go! If you split the berry open the inside is like granules of snow, very cool. But they are poisonous - no making Snowberry Pie people!
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17 comments:

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Babooshka said...

Excellent. Your macros really are superb. In my line of work I seldom have a call for macros but stock photography sites use them. I will sort out some useful sites for you.

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Virginia said...

Marley,
Great job on these. Just gorgeous!

magiceye said...

lovely macro!

Ruby said...

But Marley, snowberry pie sounds sooo tasty! Like something a wicked snow queen in a story book might make, perhaps!!

As a kid, I used to go collecting snowberry branches (among other things) for my grandmother's winter flower arrangements. They were always my favourite.

Brilliant photo.

Mo said...

Wow. What an amazing little plant. haven't come across it before. Will keep an eye out on my travels. I assume these berries are only around at this time of the year.

Bibi said...

Very good macro. I am waiting for my new macro lens; old one stolen....:<(

I agree that snowberry pie sounds luscious...stshneu

Hilda said...

I've never seen white berries before — nor heard of snowberries either. Amazing.

Dusty Lens said...

No sowberry pies, you crack me up! I enjoy your macro shots.

Knoxville Girl said...

and you know what I think is absolutely the best - that little drop of water hanging from one of the berries.

Bergson said...

a amazing macro
a wish with this This droplet

Lori said...

This macro photo is just gorgeous! I've never heard of a snowberry, nor do I think I've ever seen one. I'm going to be on the lookout though, the next time I'm in a woodsy area. The insides must be beautiful too!

Tanya said...

Awesome photo Marley! Interesting about the snowberries, I've never heard of them before but if they are related to the honeysuckle family, then they are ok by me!

D.C. Confidential said...

Pretty, pretty. What I like is the reflection of the plant captures in the water droplet on the bottom of the berry on the right. Enlarged, that would be really cool.

Jackie said...

That's a great macro. I've seen these in Glasgow's botanic garden, but when I tried to take a close-up they were all just blurred. One day I will work out how to use all the features on my camera (I've only had it 4 years already, lol!).

brian said...

SUPER PHOTO, Marley!! very cool!

Chuck Pefley said...

Little macro enlarged water droplets always intrigue me. Looks a bit chilly, Marley

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