Berry Picking Photography

Well, it’s definitely that time of year here in my part of Alaska: berry picking. And boy has it been a great year for berries. I had to put the brakes on my nearly daily forays into the woods/muskeg due to the fact that there’s a shortage of canning jars locally. Happens nearly every year… and I thought I was prepared but it’s been such a great year that I ran out and finally was able to find a business that had some tucked away, still in stock. So, it’s back out for more berries again.

This year (so far) I’ve been able to harvest wild strawberries (much much much better than those flavorless ones you find at the grocery store), lingonberries (just getting started on these – also known as low-bush cranberries), low-bush blueberries, watermelon berries, and some currants, though they aren’t quite ready yet. Oh, and some rhubarb because I do love my rhubarb jam.

Anyway, hope you enjoy a couple quick pics from recent days.

A few gallons of wild strawberries.
Watermelon berries.. which I’m not a huge fan of, but a request for jelly was made.
My favorite: lingonberries.
Best place to find lingonberries (low-bush cranberries), is on old rotten logs.
Gooseberries, also known as stink currants. This is the first time I’ve seen these on my property.
The more common red currant, *almost* ready in the setting sun.
Low-bush blueberries. Hard not to eat these suckers, they’re so tasty. Much better than from the store.
Not quite ripe in this section. I’ll come back for you guys later…
Dwarf dogwood, which I don’t like at all, but they sure are cheerful.
My number one favorite berry is the moss (or crow) berry… and this is the first I’ve seen them this year. This was on someone else’s land, so I didn’t get any…
….the bear did though.

tara caribou | ©2021 all photos by me

42 Comments on “Berry Picking Photography

  1. not ok. seriously. how can someone live so close to so much goodness? this is abuse of your internet friends who live in the desert, to post pictures of such wonderful edible things !!! love it. to be fair, there is some amazing stuff here, considering, but not even quite the same. thanks for sharing 😉 they are great pictures also, from a photographic perspective …

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  2. I marveled at the details of the first photo, but then realized that the others are also brilliant (such vibrant colors!).
    Lingonberries I love, too! (Never heard of watermelon berries.)
    And the last photo made me chuckle.

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    • Thank you. I have way too many photos of lingonberries because they are yummy, are pretty, and their flowers are so pretty as well.

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