Buffalo Berry by the Beach at the Bluffs: December 2021

Here is how Shrubs of Ontario describes the branchlets and buds of Buffalo berry: bright rusty-brown, completely covered with a layer of fine white stellate (like the points of a star) hairs and numerous brown overlapping circular scales.

It was a sunny morning with little wind (good for close-up photography) so I headed to the large beach at Bluffer’s Park to try and photograph Buffalo berry.

Buffalo-berry (Shepherdia canadensis)
Buffalo-berry (Shepherdia canadensis)
Buffalo-berry (Shepherdia canadensis)
Buffalo-berry (Shepherdia canadensis)
Buffalo-berry (Shepherdia canadensis)

This plant is also called Soapberry as a soaplike froth is produced when the fruits are agitated in water.

Buffalo-berry (Shepherdia canadensis) summer photo

Other botany:

Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadense)
Common Burdock (Arctium minus)
Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)
Phragmites (Phragmites australis)
Panicled Aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)
Red-osier (Cornus sericea)
Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)
Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadense)
Panicled Aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)
Cottonwood (Populus deltoides)
Willow (Salix)
Cottonwood (Populus deltoides)
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
Pine Cone Willow Gall
Missouri Willow (Salix eriocephala)
Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum)
Beach Grass (Ammophilia breviligulata)
Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)
Evening-primrose (Oenothera)

Bluff scenes:

MAILBOX

NATURE POETRY

Holly, fir, and spruce boughs
Green upon the wall,
Spotless snow upon the road—
More going to fall.                         – Unknown 

Miles Hearn

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