Sunday, May 23, 2010

"Last Years Berries" - Photo of the Day - May 23rd, 2010

Last Years Berries - Photo of the Day - May 23rd, 2010
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"Last Years Berries"

A close-up image of three dried red rose hips still clinging to the vines of a wild rose bush in winter.

Captured in mid-winter in Pavan Park in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

Each year in the fall, when the flower of the Wild Rose begins to wither, it turns into a small oval shaped hard seed container called a “rose hip” which is also considered the fruit of the plant.

Small animals such as squirrels and birds are attracted to the hips. Larger animals too such as deer, moose, rabbits, coyotes and even bears are known to eat the rose hips.

Rose hips have been an important food for all Native tribes where any kind of roses can be found. They are extremely high in vitamin C, much more so than oranges, for example. Dried, they keep well, and will always be available in winter.

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