This is a small wild plant, Mahonia aquifolium that has beautiful yellow blossoms in spring and small dusty-blue grapes in autumn. They are the most sour berry I’ve ever encountered, but can be use for jelly and I’ve heard, wine.
Looking at your photo and reading your comments, I didn’t know there were any Mahonia with edible fruit. We’ve a couple of Mahonia here and my parents had one, too… very pretty leaves and flowers and those berries are as you describe, but certainly not edible.
You would probably laughed had you seen how I got that shot. One knee in wet sand, the other in snow, one hand holding up my poncho over the camera and myself and one elbow resting on a rock to steady the camera. It could have been steadier!
A lovely series of early winter in your mountains of Montana, Terry. I know the conditions had to be a bit raw for photography but that is why your photos are so great. Thanks for getting out in rain for us!
I really don’t mind the weather, Scott. In fact, I love being out in storms, rain, snow, etc. I’ve gotten pretty good at protecting my camera gear and really enjoy the challenge. I think severe cold is the most difficult because of its effect on batteries. And fingers!
Simply gorgeous. My blogging has been buried under a pile of school work the past week or so. It was a treat to visit you this morning and get caught up on the beauty that you share with us. Thanks for some great shots.
Oregon grape can be pretty just about any time of the year. We have a big patch of it on the hillside to the east of our house and it’s all the deep red color now; it has a deer trail right through the center of it.