The weather has been very mild this fall with lots of warm sunny days along with the rains that wash the air and earth a few times during the week. This climate has caused the Evergreen blackberries to stay on the vines longer. The berries look edible, not mushy, rotten, or hard and black as in previous years. The long thorny vines intertwine through the mass of other vines on the tall wide spreading bushes. The edges of the sharp jagged green leaves have turned burnt reds and raw umbers; the berries are now deep reds with some even a dark purplish blue. My favorite feature on the bush during this time of year is the beautiful vines as they weave throughout the bush; they are a deep wine color with highlights of red, green and purple.
This rough thorny blackberry bush, that is actually a noxious plant growing wild in the woods or on private property, is what I saw on my walk this foggy and gray morning. The lovely rich colors of vines and leaves caught my eye; I broke off a branch brought it home and attempted to represent the lovely colors with paint on paper.