Thursday, October 13, 2011

Wild Creature Food
















Several varieties of wild grapes adorn our forest, the vines often reaching high into the trees, and sometimes growing as thick as a giant's wrist, yet we seldom see the fruit.  This has puzzled me somewhat, until I read a list of the creatures that feed on the grapes, including white-tailed deer, wild turkey, quail, cardinal, cowbird, raccoon and red fox.

So this week, I was delighted to find a patch of ripe winter grapes just off our driveway among the cedars.  I tasted one in anticipation.  Though hardly a representative sample, the pulp was sweet, but the seeds and tough skin made me grateful that grapes have been domesticated.

According to Don Kurz's excellent book, Shrubs and Woody Vines of Missouri, wild grapes are used for fine jellies and wine, but winter grapes, which are the last to ripen, "are seldom used for jellies or juice because most people have forgotten about them by the time they are ready."  And after eating just one, I would concur; I've already forgotten any whim I may have had of using them for any purpose.  I'll be happy to leave them to the wild creatures.





Also linked to Texture Thursday,


First posted on October 13, 2010
The photo texture I've used is luminous, by Kim Klassen.

12 comments:

deb duty said...

This is so pretty. I love the colors!

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

I love this. Such excellent composition and light. Love it.

S. Etole said...

You made beauty from them nevertheless.

L. said...

This is a gorgeous shot and I love how your processed it; so lovely!

hannah said...

Those leaves are so decorative and lovely in that edit.
We have wild as well as the usual Black Homburg dessert grapes. I used to combine them in my winemaking days, when the skin was the thing.

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Just wonderful !

Mira said...

Wow! This is a beautiful photo. I like the composition, crop, texture and colors! Super lovely!

EG Wow said...

They do make delicious jelly but they truly are more work than the domesticated varieties.

homeschoolceo said...

Beautiful colors and texture. I just love this!

I've never tried them so I'll take your word for it ;)

Lisa said...

Why should we have all the fruit of the vine fun? Good idea to leave the wild wine for the critters to enjoy! :-)

ShonEjai said...

Excellent color and composition. I love it!

Cathy H. said...

A beautiful image! I love the light on the berries and the wonderful textures! Lovely!! Thanks for your kind comment on my blog!!