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Sky Watch: Berries and Sky

Hawthorn trees with beautiful crimson berries are all over Highland Park. This particular beauty is on Lawrence. Click on any of these to enlarge.

I couldn’t resist another post of hawthorn berry photos (see previous hawthorn berry tree).

This is as about as close as I can get to those berries without producing a blurry image (anyone want to buy me a new camera? The ones in the $3,000 range would do fine).

Same photo as above, cropped closer so it looks larger (thanks, Robin, for the idea).

This shot shows the thorns well.

It snowed two days ago, so I went around the corner to my local hawthorn tree and photographed these. Nice contrast to the bluer sky above.

I’m working on a post of Donaldson Park for My World, and I thought I’d throw in a sky above the park.

And here’s a gull, flying over the Raritan River.

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Ilana-Davita says

You are early. Lovely series. I wish I had seen a bit of blue sky since last week's SWF.

Robin says

Very lovely. I particularly like that closeup with its vibrant red berries. Are you able to crop to simulate getting in closer, or does it get too blurry? I actually "cheated" that way with my raindrop shot. Looks great as long as you don't enlarge it too much ;-).

Leora says

>to simulate getting in closer
Thanks, Robin, I'll give it a try!

Mckay K says

Leora your photographs are so full of life. Even with the leaves gone, the plump red berries show a tree full of life. The grey sky is stimulated by the lovely gull climbing in flight. Interesting shots-everyone of them.

Janet says

I love the vivid red against the pretty!

Guy D says

These are fantastic shots, thanks for sharing with us.

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Melissa's Cozy Teacup says

Great composition. Happy SWF!

Photo Cache says

Great shots. I am wishing Santa would bring me a high tech five paychecks costing camera, but for now I have to make do with my point and shoot.

Happy holidays.

East Gwillimbury WOW! says

The berries are such a gorgeous shade of red. The birds have eaten ALL of mine, every single haw! Happy Sky Watch!

Melissa's Cozy Teacup says

I am feeling better but I appreciate the information. It is always helpful!

Rune says

Beautiful color on this pictures! Happy weekend and SkyWatch from Norway :o)

Mojo says

Those look remarkably like something we have down here, except the local version has berries that are a little flatter and a little more orange and I don't think the trees grow quite so large. But the thorns? Yeah, they look just like yours. And for the life of me I can't remember what they're called just now. Could be a variant of the Hawthorn though. Certainly a cousin at least.

Nice job capturing these. I love the red against the blue like you have it.

kayleen says

the berries against the sky make a very nice contrast. thanks for sharing.

Ces says

Hello Leora. I love the red berries clinging to the bare branches. I wish we had them here so I can decorate my wreath! Have a great day.

Champ says

Very nice, Leora. I love these shots!

Pat says

What a lovely contrast between the blue, blue skies and the red of the Hawthorne berries. Very nice Sky Watch photos.

Thanks for your visit to my SWF post.

Celine says

Great shots. Delightful. Thank you for sharing.

My SWF images are at:

Tarolino, Finland says

Love these images. Especially the first one. Lovely tree and berries and gorgeous sky too. Also like the one nearly at the bottom with the light whisps of cloud floating over the blue.

Happy Holidays to you and yours.

Fishing Guy says

Leora: We are never so old that we can't learn a new camera trick. Those were some neat shots of a blue sky.

Lurdes Lopes says

Wonderful set of pictures...Well done!...
Merry Christmas!

Napaboaniya APAD says

I love the little red berries against that nice blue sky :)

Suzanne says

Your photos are awesome and I love the colour of the sky. Happy SWF/

Kathy says

The berries are so intriguing, I almost forgot to look at the sky! Lovely shots.

Indrani says

Lovely series of shots.
The red berries against the blue look beautiful!

Arija says

Lovely colour contrast between sky and berries, really like the way you bring your subject forward.

Reluctantfarmchik says

Ooh - I love the red against blue . . . and the shot with drops of water on the little berries is brilliant. Simply beautiful. Happy SWF!

Jientje says

You love those berries, don't you? You're right, they do look great against that gorgeous blue sky!

Erin says

a nice series of berry shots...always enjoy compositions with red berries against the blue sky...lovely.

Carletta says

A beautiful series of sky shots!
The red berries against the blue sky is a gorgeous contrast.
Loved the cropping idea.

ramblingwoods says

The berries are perfect with the blue sky. I hope you don't get the freezing rain which is so much more difficult to deal with than the careful...

Mottel says

Beautiful pictures! A Happy Chanukah for you and those you love


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