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Anita (West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States) on 26 January 2008 in Plant & Nature.

Note the thorn on the left. This vine forms impenetrable thickets in nearaby woods and preserves. The berries provide food for animals.

Greenbrier is a native plant which has become invasive, like deer, and has run rampant due to the lack of natural enemies to keep it in check. Periodic hot fires used to control it naturally. Now, fires are promptly put out due to the proximity of homes. Controlled burns are used, but have limited impact. Greenbier continues to flourish, crowding out native grasses.

KONICA MINOLTA MAXXUM 5D 1/160 second F/3.2 ISO 100 100 mm


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Chris from South Jersey, United States

Wonderful close up - the colors in the berries are great and the depth of field perfect.

26 Jan 2008 12:43pm

Ina from Krugersdorp, South Africa

Great closup, like the colors of the berries.

26 Jan 2008 1:48pm

«miguel.peixeiro» from Coimbra, Portugal

...very well.

26 Jan 2008 8:36pm

Barbara from FloridaIt, United States

Your image has excellent light and DOF. So nice to see something other than the usual red berry shot ( of which I do have some) I like the blue here. I found your caption of interest on this being invasive to the native plants. While it provides a beautiful image I see it can have it's negative effects. Nicely done.

27 Jan 2008 4:18am

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

Thanks for this. Your narrative and your photo surprised me, for from the photo I thought of how lovely is this plant, but I see it's a more complicated situation. Anyway, it's a lovely image with a nice use of DOF.

27 Jan 2008 9:48am

Paul Michko from Exton, PA, United States

Excellent composition and great commentary, Anita.

28 Jan 2008 11:16am

Kerri from United States

Those purple berries are striking!

28 Jan 2008 2:38pm

Teri D from Oxford PA, United States

such an artistic eye

29 Jan 2008 3:50am

1/160 second
ISO 100
100 mm