It has been such a dry summer that I just about gave up on berries, even chokecherries. That is, until today when I went down to the river and found that the cherries there are ripe and plentiful. They have also had some visits from the bears: there was bear scat everywhere and it was easy to see large areas that the bears have harvested.
So, tomorrow will be chokecherry picking day for me. I’ll have to remember to take a hiking staff for a bear thumper. A few years ago when I went down there fishing I chased a big boar out of that patch on my way to the river.
This photo of chokecherry blossoms was taken in May.
And here is what the berries look like now.