Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Last haughty splash of colour.

Yesterday's wind removed most of what was left of the fall colour, so the remaining leaves of this spindly domestic blueberry stood out in an otherwise subdued plantscape. The plants that dominate the foreground are Labrador tea, a wild Rhododendron, and the conifers in the background are shore pine, both of which mean I was standing in a bog. The colourful domestic blueberry is an intruder, an invasive non-native, and this particular bush has been cut to the ground twice in the past five years, yet back it grows. And now it stands out like flagging tape, resilient and sassy. It's a good thing we still have a whetstone for our loppers, and, of course, opposable thumbs.

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