Friday, October 29

Nature's Eye Candy


Out early one morning last week before the frosts came,
I noticed these exquisite berries
entwined around a tree trunk, climbing towards
the light through the gloom of a shady copse


I don't know what the plant is, although
I see it nestling in many of the hedgerows
on my journeys through the countryside


In a predominant swathe of greenery
the vibrant red caught my eye, making me
stop and stare with awe and admiration
for the blessings that nature provides,
if only we take the TIME to see. . .

(note to self: I must slow down more often)

29 comments:

tracey @ the vintage bothy said...

How unusual.
You are correct in the slowing down, that's why I enjoyed my afternoon out with Tom the other day.
T X

Vintage Tea Time said...

Wow, that first picture is beautiful! Aren't the colours of the bark / leaves / berries wonderful? They must have seemed like jewels in a shady place. I'm often brought close to tears by rainbows, sunsets, etc. You're so right about the 'slow down'! Have a lovely day. We're off to Bristol :)

BusyLizzie said...

that is amazing. Quite beautiful. See you tomorrow! Lizzie xx

KC'sCourt! said...

I wonder what the berries are? The leaf looks like Bindweed! Whatever they are the picture is wonderful.
Julie xxxxxxxxxx

Menopausal musing said...

What a coincidence! This is the second time I have seen these berries on a blog and I still don't know what they are. It's the way they circle the host like a necklace. Lucille:
http://usefulorbeautiful.blogspot.com/ had a picture of them on her blog last week in the post titled "Happy Valley"........ would love to know what they are.

Menopausal musing said...

Me again: think I have "got" it.......... a combination of Google and Google images and it looks like Black Bryony...... I shall have to take a good walk out and see if I can see some, it looks so very beautiful!

Hesta Nesta said...

What beautiful photographs. When we take the Pugs out I love just taking time to look at how beautiful nature and the countryside actually is. Our lives are so hectic nowadays it is lovely just to slow down a bit.
Jo xx

ilovemyhouse said...

Red not always my favorite color, except for fall and winter. How lovely, these pictures. And you are so right my dear, when we take the time to see things, that's when we see them.
Have a happy, happt weekend.
Check out our new Pony!

XX

Autumn Mist said...

Wow! If you'd trained it like that yourself deliberately I don't think it would have looked so nice. It's amazing what catches your eye when you slow down. I rode out the other day and spotted a kestrel watching me from a telegraph pole. He was so near I felt like I could reach out and touch him.

Jee said...

Lovely berries - they look like beads! Like Cathy, I think they're bryony but I haven't seen any locally.

Shirl said...

Beautiful ... :0)

Shirl x

melbatoast68 said...

So pretty!

Sherri B. said...

I agree with M. M., they do appear to be Black Bryony - poisonous berries and blackish root tubers (thank you Google). But they are beautiful, thanks for sharing and reminding us to slow down.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Serenata said...

They are lovely. It does pay to slow down sometimes :-)

elegancemaison said...

Those photos are lovely and heart-lifting, Elaine. I've been slow all week because in bed feeling poorly. But today I was up driving through the drizzle to my storage container to load up for The Vintage Bazaar. And did it all wrong because I was not on top form. But I took to heart your words of comfort on Tracey's (The Vintage Bothy) blog and thank you for them. And of course - all my vintage home treasures are now saved exclusively for Vintage at The Village Hall!

sandiart said...

Beautiful, nature in all her glory.
Sandi xx

Heidi said...

That is just lovely!

Sylvia said...

So beautiful these red berries !
Have a nice weekend,
Sylvia

A Bun Can Dance said...

Hi Elaine!
I saw the back of you at the Bazaar today !! I was at Niki's stall and asked her if she'd seen you - she pointed you out to me, but by the time I got round to the next aisle, I'd lost you in the crowd! So we were there at the same time, though still haven't met! What a great bazaar it was too! And, surprise, I bought a chocolate chest of drawers box the same as in your blog header picture !!
Happy weekend to you!
D x

Kim said...

They look rather poisonous to me...you know pretty but deadly as they say. I had some really pretty white berries growing in my yard and I wouldn't let KennyRogersLookAlikebeforethe plasticsurgerywentwrong cut it down. The plant kept getting bigger and bigger and our friend came over and said don't touch it! It is Poke berry. They sing a song about it in the south ~ Poke Salad Annie. So there you go...tryin' to preserve something to make a salad and find out it could kill me or at least make my mouth itch! Love to Kit

Kim said...

I also looked them up...I have to say, your photos are much better than any of the ones on Google. Your berries hang like earrings...You should send you pictures into Wikipedia!

bad penny said...

I've never seen those before but they are totally stunning and now I'm going to look for them !

Vintage to Victorian at Dairy House Antiques said...

Hi Elaine

Lovely to meet you yesterday - even if I had absolutely no idea who you were when you arrived! I see Tracey says she was vague, but at least she recognised you!! I'd been inundated with Elaines over the last couple of days, hence the blank look!

If you want to drop over some more flyers to DH then please do. I'll be more than happy to display them.

Still hoping to get over to see you on 29th.

Sue x

tracey @ the vintage bothy said...

......he he !!!! :-)

John Gray jgsheffield@hotmail.com said...

amazing......they almost dont look real

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Gorgeous photos Elaine. Wise words - Its good to slow down now and then...

Lovely to meet you on Saturday - and thank you for your purchase. May I wish you every success with your Vintage Fair...

Have a great week,
Niki

VintageWantsNotNeeds said...

How beautiful those berries are they stand out against the bark. Once the fair is over take a breather.
Debbie

The English Writer said...

I've never seen anything quite like that, how beautiful, it's like something you'd see on a Christmas card xx

Country Style Living said...

So pretty...great photo's!

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