It’s amazing how fast the temps change on the Oregon Coast; even in the Spring. I believe it depends on which way the wind blows. (Maybe that’s obvious to a meteorologist. hahaha)
We had a long, wet spring and it seems like the wildlife cycle is a little late. That’s not a scientific fact; just a feeling.
The wild berries also seem a little late. I love the Salmonberries when they are a little over-ripe like this one. And I think they are the prettiest when red rather than the earlier school bus orange. I’ve found that the Salmonberries that get more sun aren’t as sweet; no matter how ripe they are. So look for a bush that is mostly shaded during the day.
Alllie didn’t have a calf last year. I hope she will this year.
We took our lunch out to Canal Creek Group Campground today. It is only open for reservations from mid-May through Labor Day now. We walked in to look at the creek and eat lunch. Those little white moths are so fast that I’d never noticed they have a black pattern. This one was apparently just drying out his wings. I think the steelhead like them.
This knot looks like an eye on the picnic table. I can tell the ground is warming up because the grass is growing again. Everything is starting to green-up!
Now that’s something I can sink my tooth into. These salmonberries are so pretty! But the orange ones are still a little sour. Salmonberries begin ripening in late June to early July, depending on the elevation.
I only found a couple ripe salmonberries. The red ones are sweet. I like them even a little redder than this one.
I had to arm wrestle that spider for this one. But it was worth the 8 matches. 🙂
Horse Creek Campground has lots of salmonberries and thimbleberries.
The thimbleberries are just starting to come on but it seems like they ripen faster than the salmonberries.
That red one is ready to eat. The thimbleberries remind me of a hollow strawberry. The flavor is similar and the tiny seeds crunch between your teeth.
They are very delicate. The berries are easy to squish when you pull them off the plant.
And they almost have a slight fuzz on them, like a peach fuzz.
In mid to late-July the Salal Berries ripen. They taste like a blueberry. The ones near the salt air of the ocean get a slight salty crust on them; to add a yummy dimension.
And, of course the blackberries can’t be missed. There are a couple different varieties of wild blackberries. Himalayan is one and I think the other is either called Evergreen or Trailing? You see them covering the roadsides and fields and old cars and houses! The ones along many of the roadsides are sprayed for weed-control; so don’t eat those.