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salmonberry three by VickiOBrien

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This erect, spindly shrub is a native of the temperate rainforests of the Pacific Northwest , where it provides cover and food for birds and often forms dense thickets.The “tissue-paper” magenta flowers appear even before the leaves, with hot pink, crinkly blossoms, which turn into berries that are at first a bright orange and move to a deep red color as they mature. Both the older main stalks and the new green stems are heavily “armed”!!!

Hummingbirds love the salmonberry bush. Its bright pink flowers are a beacon to the birds, who migrate back to the temperate rainforest in early spring. The Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) follows the wave of pink as it sweeps northwards. In turn, the hummingbird pollinates the flowers: a lovely example of mutualism in the rainforest.
This photo taken alongside my driveway in Kanish Bay on Quadra Island BC.


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  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsalmost 5 years ago

    this is beautiful Vicki, could you just give us a location of where you took this please :-))

  • done….thanks for the reminder Vickie

    – VickiOBrien

  • annalisa bianchetti
    annalisa bianc...almost 5 years ago

    Very beautiful shot !!!!

  • Rainy
    Rainyalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful work Vicki!

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconalmost 5 years ago

    Wow!! What a gorgeous flower!! Excellent composition and such a well-written description!!

  • Thanks Blair…the composition was my main goal with this shot, and I took a few at different angles but this is the one I like. As for the written description, well I guess you could say the other Vickie…keeps me on my toes in that department!!

    – VickiOBrien

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 4 years ago

    Hi Vicki, would it be OK if we used this lovely photo in our red/white theme avatar in Berries, Fruits & Seeds for the rest of December

  • Sure Vickie….that sounds great!

    – VickiOBrien

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 2 years ago

    Congratulations!! Your LOVELY image is being
    FEATURED in the group, “Wildflowers of North America!!”

  • Navigator
    Navigatoralmost 2 years ago

    What lovely colors and remarkable fruit, is it? So cool! Love this! Congrats on your feature. Pink’s my favorite color…next to purple. :))

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