I don’t mind sharing our fruit trees and berry bushes with the wildlife. I just wish they weren’t so voracious! I thought it was birds until I saw the Marionberry leftovers on the rock. So I camped out and caught the little thief red-handed AND red-lipped.
They pick the berries before they are all the way ripe! Even if we had a greenhouse I bet they’d find their way in. We hadn’t had any problems with them eating our blueberries until this year.
These chipmunks are a little less cute with berry juice on their lips!
When the “valley” gets hot, the “hot” go to the beach! It’s cooler on the Oregon coast beaches but sometimes fog comes with it.
So, what’s there to see in the fog?
Well, there’s still the little sand critters to play with. If you see the mole crab tracks or their holes, dig a few inches down to find them. No, they’re not good to eat! Just fun to catch. The legs tickle your fingers as they wiggle like crazy to get away. See if you can figure out which end is their head. 🙂
Building sand castles isn’t just for kids!
Graze on the Salal berries. They start from a pink flower, turn into a pink berry and ripen to dark blue. In Tillicum Campground, the berries collect a fine layer of salt from the salty air. The berries taste like blueberries. Sweet and salty – YUM!
The huckleberries and blackberries are just starting to ripen in the campground. The blackest ones are the sweetest.