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Blackberries (2013-09-02 14-41-02a)

The photo was taken in my backyard in Chicago, Illinois. My wife and I tried to grow blackberries but this was all we got. We didn’t even get to eat them since some bird beat us to it.

I used a Nikon Coolpix P7700 with a Raynox DCR-150 (+4.8) multi-element close-up lens. I used ACDSee Ultimate 10.1 to adjust the lighting and boost the contrast.

Photo © 2013 Gary J. Sibio. All rights reserved.

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  1. Sorry to hear Gary. They take a few years to establish. I knew at once when I saw the shot that this was a first harvest for the plant without even reading. Try again, plant one on a border. After a few years there will be enough for you and the birds. Or you can try netting fruits and veggies you want to keep for yourself. I planted some on the banks of the river when I lived in Arkansas. Beware, they can take over.

      • When I arrived here there was a !0 foot x 90 foot mess of them along a fence. They had overgrown and partially buried a shed. They grow like crazy (you can almost see them growing) and I spent 100’s of hours each year barely keeping them in check. Eventually I had to dig them out to replace the fence. I dug down two feet and the roots were the diameter of baseballs. They’re gone now along the fence but they grow other places from birds spreading them. Like in the rose hedge. I may never be completely rid of them. The thorns on them have drawn a lot of blood. The wild bushes are little nastier than the varieties you can buy. There is even a thornless one.
        Anyway, the amount of work they caused me is hard to forget. A friend of mine sent a YouTube time lapse video of blackberries growing – it was like a horror film to me.

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