Ernie & Christine Hunter
Freelance Photographers
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The Boysenberry ( Rubus ursinus x idaeus ) - The Thorny One

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A new crop of berries. Rain, blossums and then large lucious berries. If you can get through the thorns the fruit is really worth it. Vines grow five to seven feet long. ©Ernie Hunter

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Boysenberry ( Rubus ursinus x idaeus ) blossom and very thorny vines. These berries are also available on thornless vines - much better for picking and your well being. ©Ernie Hunter

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Big white blossums attract all sorts of insects thus aiding in pollination. A fly checks out this flower. ©Ernie Hunter

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As the fly crawls over the flowers it transfers pollin from flower to flower - thus pollinating the fruit. ©Ernie Hunter

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Attracted by the sweetness and colour, insects crawl over the blossums and pollinate them in their search for food. ©Ernie Hunter

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In their search for food, insects pollinate flowers. We sometimes feel insects are pests but without them we would not have a lot produce. Even this fly is helping Mother Nature. ©Ernie Hunter

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As the berries form they are brilliant red. But wait until they turn deep black, they come off the vines easily and are lucious. ©Ernie Hunter

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Deep black and shiny, thesae berries are ready for picking. Watch the thorns, on the stems just behind the fruit. They're razor sharp and will grab you cutting deep. ©Ernie Hunter

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As the berries form they are brilliant red. But wait until they turn deep black, they come off the vines easily and are lucious. Leave the red ones for a few more days. ©Ernie Hunter

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Beautiful white flowers attract bees and other insects in order to pollinate. Without this pollination we would have no fruit. Boysenberry ( Rubus ursinus x idaeus ) ©Ernie Hunter

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Large white flowers attract various insects and end up producing a large brilliant glossy black fruit. The fruit also attracts birds and other fruit eating insects. Boysenberry ( Rubus ursinus x idaeus ) ©Ernie Hunter

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A close up of the flower of the Boysenberry ( Rubus ursinus x idaeus ) shows the beauty Mother Nature has given us. Look closely and see the different parts of a flower. ©Ernie Hunter

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From the bud on the left, the Boysenberry ( Rubus ursinus x idaeus ) flower opens. Foreground flower is partially open and the one in the background is fully open. ©Ernie Hunter

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This bee is transferring pollin from flower to flower as it crawls over the blossums. As a result we will have a sweet Boysenberry ( Rubus ursinus x idaeus ) to eat. ©Ernie Hunter

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The Boysenberry ( Rubus ursinus x idaeus ) fruit is formed on the new shoots and tips of older vines. You can see lots of blossums and lots of thorns. Pretty but Prickly. ©Ernie Hunter

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A good look at the Boysenberry ( Rubus ursinus x idaeus ) leaves and thorns. A similiar variety produces the same lucious fruit but the vines are smooth and much easier to work with. ©Ernie Hunter

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Lots of blossums. Lots of fruit. Lots of Thorns! the thorns are natures way of protecting the fruit from predators such as humans. Doesn't seem to work well with the birds though. ©Ernie Hunter

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Insects, such as this bee, crawl over the flowers of the Boysenberry ( Rubus ursinus x idaeus ) and pollinate them so they will produce fruit. No insects, no pollination, no fruit! ©Ernie Hunter

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These flowers of the Boysenberry ( Rubus ursinus x idaeus ) are fully open and awaiting pollination by some passing insect. By Fall we will have large beautiful fruit to eat and make jam with. ©Ernie Hunter

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A Boysenberry ( Rubus ursinus x idaeus ) blossum, fully open and up close. The flowers will measure close to 2 inches wide. The fruit will be an inch long. The thorns - well that is something else. ©Ernie Hunter

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The large blossums on the Boysenberry ( Rubus ursinus x idaeus ), nearly 2 inches, produce berries up an inch long and very juicy. ©Ernie Hunter
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