It's a feeling, an attitude, almost a state of mind. It's mid-May in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Seasons are rudely contesting. One's not willing to let go, another's not willing to wait. Weather feels tormented, uncertain and surprising turbulent. Frost turns into cold rain. Warm sun becomes a penetrating chill. Back and forth. Soon the hillsides take on what appears to be a layer of dusted snow. Meet the blossoms of Rubus L. Bramble the common blackberry, birthed in chaos; Monarch of Blackberry Winter.
Rubus allegheniensis - USDA official noxious weed. Scourge, pest, vilified and despised, bane of ones existence, nuisance and annoyance, pain in the neck with chiggers, irritating plague with thorns, the devil's curse, afflicted and disgusting, repulsive, exasperating, should be wiped out, quarantine or exterminate, and so the expletives flow...
But Mister Pest Manager I remind you the middle initial Rubus "L." stands for 'Linneaus', the Godfather of biology. The determined blackberry was classified and named by Carolus Linneaus himself over three hundred years ago, and is sure to survive to another time when it's more appreciated!
Title: (c) Blackberry on Fence. r0554-34
Location: Blue Ridge Parkway
Alleghany County, NC
Date: Wednesday 10 June 1992