The plentiful spring and summer rains were good for wild fruit here on our Ouachita ridge top. While the clusters on vines nearer the house were reduced to raisins by a stretch of 100-degree days, the ones in the woods survived just fine. The birds, raccoons and coyotes will eat well. At least one of the persimmons will wind up being plucked and its seed split for our annual winter forecast.

Weekly photo challenge: Hue

This week’s photo challenge is about color — capturing a color or colors that captures you — at the moment.  Blue has always been a favorite color and this morning’s cloudless sky was made more intense by a  polarizer. These berries were among many in the rows of vines at the University of Arkansas’ Fruit Research Station in Clarksville.

Green muscadines
BLUE & GREEN — Intense blue is the background for these green muscadine vines and fruit.

A rainbow of  hues:



Last year, there was so much rain, none of the grape vines twined around the trees was pollinated. No grapes. Anywhere. This year, there were grapes, but the hot dry summer caused many to become raisins on the vine — which is why it was so surprising to see these plump muscadines ripening.

Muscadines are a hardy grape and often wind up in jellies and wine.

Muscadines on the vine
Muscadines ripen in late summer in the Ouachita forest.