Friday, January 2, 2009

It Didn't Look Like This Today

Yesterday's blue, blue skies disappeared overnight. I awoke to a heavy overcast that turned into a moderately heavy fog as the temperature rose. I had to run some errands during the afternoon, and was very careful as I drove. Fog can play disastrous tricks on drivers if they are not alert.

If I were clever (and more photographically experienced) I suppose I could have managed to take some photos in the fog, but chose instead to post a more colorful shot I took earlier this week. The shrub pictured is Pyracantha and, like the holly tree of which I spoke in a recent post, was loaded with berries, more correctly called pomes, as I discovered from Wikipedia.

According to Wikipedia: Firethorn (Pyracantha) is a genus of thorny evergreen large shrubs in the family Rosaceae, subfamily Maloidae. They are native from southeast Europe east to southeast Asia, and are closely related to Cotoneaster, but have serrated leaf margins and numerous thorns (Cotoneaster is thornless).  The plants reach up to 6 m tall. The seven species have white flowers and either red, orange, or yellow berries (more correctly pomes). The flowers are produced during late spring and early summer; the pomes develop from late summer, and mature in late autumn.

While I was out and about, I made a run to the library to pick up a few mystery stories. I brought home a relatively new book, Cheating at Solitaire, by Jane Haddam. Over the years I've read most of the books in her Gregor Demarkian series; I find them well-crafted and entertaining. I also picked up several paperback books by an author I've not yet read, Rhys Bowen, an Agatha Award winner. These ought to keep me occupied for a while.


Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Pat, I tried to post a comment and it didn't go--so I'll try again. You may get my message twice! ha

Love your shrub.. Do the birds enjoy the berries (pomers)??? That red color is pretty this time of year.

Looks as if you have plenty of reading to catch up on. It's a good time to do that---during this dark, drab winter.

TSannie said...

I like this one much happier!

Snap said...


I love your pictures. Have you ever made jelly from the berries? My mother and I did one year while in New Mexico and it tasted like apple jelly. Recipe was from Reddy's Rendezvous ... I'll check to see if I still have it.

Re: Rhys Bowen -- I really enjoyed her cozy detective series set in Wales. I really tried to get into her historical series and I think I liked the other series too much! Just couldn't do it and I usually like historicals. Ah well. I'll be waiting to see what you think.

MindyLew said...

So sorry to hear your blue skies turned to fog. Love the red berries with the pretty blue sky in the background. Nice capture.

Louis la Vache said...

"Louis" has been so busy with his new espresso shop he hasn't had time to visit!

All best wishes to you this New Year, Pat!

Anonymous said...

We've swapped skies, Pat. Today we awoke to the bluest skies since...August.

Bit worried about the lady who is thinking of making jelly with pyracanthus berries, I always believed them to be poisonous to humans.

rhymeswithplague said...

We had pyracantha when we lived in south Florida. It was trimmed to be FLAT against the wall between the garage and the front porch. Nobody down there let it just grow wild. Had to be PRUNED.