Salal

This is another of our common native plants. The leaves may look familiar to you. They are commonly harvested for use in floral arrangements. The little blossoms become tiny blackish berries that area eaten by birds, deer, and humans. I’ve never tried them; I must add them to my foraging menu.

Collage people

Today’s theme day challenge, “smell,” could take many pictorial forms: lush flowers, food, icky stuff. I choose to go to the source. What’s a smell without a nose to identify, reject, or savor it? And don’t noses take wonderful and interesting forms? Two of the noses above belong to siblings but they are each entirely unique.

Collage animals

And in the Department of Noses, humans routinely come in rather inferior to animals in what can be discerned in a sniff.

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Saskatoon 1

The lands of the Dungeness Recreation Area are frosted with blossoms of native serviceberries (amelanchier alnifolia) these days.

Saskatoon 3

Also called saskatoons, in summertime these showy blossoms turn to tiny purple berries. They attract birds, among them one of my favorite visitors, cedar waxwings.

Saskatoon 2

People also eat the abundant berries though they can be a bit mealy. We met a Native American woman harvesting them for pies and other treats one summer and a couple of Eastern Europeans who were convinced they’d found wild blueberries. Some trees have better berries than others. I suspect the soil quality is a big factor.

Dutch baby

I made Dutch babies the other day. I’ve posted about them before. They’re delicious breakfast souffles that I make from time to time, usually topped with seasonal fruit, and sometimes lemon curd. See the raspberries on this? I picked them fresh last summer and froze them for a moment like this, sometime long after raspberry season when summer still feels too far away.

I’m almost counting the days until berries here come into season again. You better believe it’s worth waiting for.