Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The color of autumn

When we checked the weather last night we saw a blob of of green and yellow inching its way through Mississippi toward us. It wasn't nasty weather, just more rain.
So this morning, we drank our coffee and headed out on our walk before it moved in. Down at the back of the barn I noticed the sun peeking through a bank of grey clouds and highlighted a bush there.
It's called a beauty-berry bush. I'm not sure if that's the real name, but it's the one passed on to us by our parents and grandparents.
It has clusters of berries that look like tiny grapes. They're a different shade of purple than that of grapes, but the color is stunning.
I snapped a quick photo before the sun ducked behind the clouds. I love the color of autumn. A new show will debut each day over the coming months. It might not be as beautiful, as places in the Rockies, or the Northeast, but I think it's just grand.


  1. What a beautiful plant! This is a wonderful time of year, isn't it? Especially in the Smokies.

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  3. The colors are beautiful!
    I remember this bush; I even imagained the Native Americans using it for coloration (I don't know if they did, but it's what I always wondered about when I was a girl and noticed how brightly the colors of the berries stained my fingers.)

  4. The purple is a magnificent color... just beautiful:)

    My last post was a bit down and sad... I had been blind sided with some news and felt I had no one to talk to about it, combine that with no sleep and that is what I end up writing... I have since rested and I have talked about it with someone... Thank you for your kind words on my blog, I really appreciated them :)

  5. I don't think I have ever seen that plant before! The color is beautiful. Enjoy your rainy day!

  6. So incredibly beautiful! And your photo appears as almost a painting! Have never seen those berries (or if I did, I was too young to stop and see them).

  7. Rick you could sell this and make money on it. It's beautiful. I'd hang a 5x7 on my wall if I could. Hmmm....

  8. I wouldn't mind the rain so much if it would cool off afterwards.


  9. Now that's a gorgeous and most apt name for this berry! Beauty-berries!! Wonderful! take care

  10. Oh yes, the beauty berry bush ! I remembered them from my childhood, but had seen them in years. My friend "possum" from VA sent me some of the berries.. I planted them everywhere, but didn't realize what the leaves looked like. That first year I found only one growing up among the azaleas. And just last week, I found one on some land we bought that haven't had goats put over there yesterday. I think tomorrow I must go back there and collect some of the berries and plant some in pots, until I can recognize them when they are little... not telling how many I snatched from the ground thinking they were weeds. The one that hid in the azalea bush my only survivor. Thanks for reminding me!!


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