Is this blurred, slightly abstract photo capturing a picture of grapes? a deadly virus? bacteria on the head of a pin?
None of the above.
It is mature berries from the beautyberry bush.
I wrote about beautyberries here, and they continue to fascinate me. This year, they seemed to mature quicker than usual.
The bush shakes with birds when they start eating the berries. I think it is a favorite of the redbirds.
The bush is so pretty that it almost, but not quite, makes me happy to see the autumn and admit summer is over. I hang on to summer as tight as I can until I have to let go.
We planted this bush several years ago, and it thrives here without any petting. I have seen them growing wild east of Huntsville, but I have never seen any growing in our area that wasn't planted.
This bush is a must-have if you enjoy attracting birds to your yard.