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Holly berries

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is Holly (Ilex aquifolium) berries.

Technically they’re a fruit rather than a berry. They are a popular winter food source for a variety of birds as well as being a traditional Christmas decoration.

These berries were photographed on a mature female tree in a garden in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Holly
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Hawthorn berries

This week the subject of Flora and Fauna Friday is Common Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) berries although technically they’re a fruit rather than a berry. The fruit is also know as a haw.

The Common Hawthorn is native to Europe, northwest Africa and West Asia. These examples were photographed at Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Hawthorn fruit
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Blackberries

This week Flora and Fauna Friday features Blackberries (Rubus fruticosus) growing on the bank of Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Blackberries
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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Find Something Red

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Find Something Red.

One photo came to mind instantly, a freshly painted red post box in Faddiley, Cheshire, England. The chalked “Wet Paint” warning and the excess paint on the utility pole and hedge have always amused me.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Find Something Red

 

The next photo that came to mind was this red Maple leaf on a Lichen covered boulder on the South Bruce Peninsula last autumn.

Six Word Saturday: Red Maple Leaf on a Boulder

 

Then I thought about the giant red butterfly garden ornament I pass on some of my walks around the neighborhood.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Find Something Red

 

Finally I thought about various red species, birds, berries and fruit and remembered this extreme closeup of a Raspberry.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Find Something Red