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Swamp Blackberries

The North side of our condos’ property is bordered by a wetland. It’s basically an area, sanctioned off some years ago from allowing man kind to enter. It’s not that big, and currently is surrounded by suburbs. I’m sure there were times when someone wanted to develop the land, but you know what? I think it’s okay to have these “sanctuaries” found in the suburbs. One reason is that in the event of floods the wet lands will flood first, instead of some residents who didn’t know when they were buying they were buying into the “flood plain” of the surrounding area. The other reason is that wetlands/swamps help purify water as it finds its way to the ocean. Nothing wrong with that.

One of the “benefits” of living in the Pacific Northwest is that during late summer/early fall the invasive blackberry species grows wild blackberries. Since there are a lot of blackberry vines on our fence line, during this time of year there’s always a couple of ripe blackberries to pick everyday. Most of the year property owners are actively fighting off the invasive, take-over-everything-vines, but for a few weeks one can’t help but enjoy them. I was surprised today by the variety of flavors the blackberries provided. Most were sour, in a good citrusy sour way, but some were really sweet. None of the berries are duds (unlike oranges), so it’s always worthwhile to pick one.

While I’m not going to cross the fence line and go into the wetlands for harvesting blackberries I’m glad that we can at least get a little treat out of our swamp.

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