The first thing I noticed was this. It's a HUGE mass of roses near the parking lot... now big plump & juicy rosehips. These are not cranberries.
The grasses are all blonde, and those deeper greens are junipers. We walked a little further and came across this. It's a funny little shrub. It was bare with the exception of red, red berries. I don't know what they are or how I'd identify it without the leaves present. It was growing right in a bed of juniper.
I can only assume they are not cranberries since it's the only little thing there like it. How could they name a whole area after a 2 ft tall branch? We moved on... We passed the rasperries. No cranberries here.
I saw a lot of these little white berry clusters along the boardwalk that heads to the lookout point. I am pretty sure these are not cranberries either.
Please id if you like! We walked around up on the cliffs and we found these berries high above our heads. They are in tall trees and the fruit was deep purple/black. These are likely not cranberries either.
We walked on. We came to these next bushes, red in color and only about a metre high. They were full of berries the same colour as the last photo. I am sure these are not cranberries. sigh. Where are the cranberries!? ARE there cranberries!?
Here are a close up of berries in the junipers. They are quite pale. They are certainly not cranberries.
We stopped to look around. I had never realized that the entire hillside is carpeted in juniper!
I went to snap some closer photos for you and HOLY COW look what I spied!
No way! Are these cranberries!? They are EVERYWHERE if you look underfoot... if you look really, really close. Millions of them are out there growing on the ground, under and within the juniper. I know you aren't supposed to take from nature, but I took one. I did. And I ate it. It was not bitter though. It was apple-like on the inside and quite flavorless. Are they just not ripe yet!? Are they not cranberries?
Wow. I need an interpreter to take me around out there are do some explaining. : ) I googled 'cranberries' when I got home and I swear it's them. I also looked at the flowers for cranberries when they bloom, and they look just like little shooting stars. I can't wait to see that next year.
So - let this post serve as Sunday Snapshots as well. I'm off to drive 5 hrs east for a weekend of teaching. I will see you next Tuesday. : ) Take care!