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On Vancouver Island (British Columbia, Canada) there are all kinds of wild and native fruit that are edible.
When I see fruit on native trees and shrubs, I straight away think that when these plants were in bloom, there were lots of bees in the area. It is always fun for me to have a closer look.
These photos were taken under a Douglas fir/Pine canopy. Filtered sunlight and sunlight available along trails and roads allows these plants to grow profusely.
|Salal berries. Ready to eat!|
|Some of these Salal berries are shriveling up from the drying sun.|
|Red Huckelberries- few, but great tangy morsels for eating|
|Thimble berry. A real treat!|
|A profuse number of Salal berries. Ready for eating.|
|Thimble berry flowers are about as big as a bumble bee. If a smaller bee visits
a Thimbleberry flower and if this smaller bee does not move around the flower, only part of the flower will be pollinated- as in this flower. 95 percent of the flower in this photo is pollinated, but a small strip was not pollinated (seen as a band of unpollinated ovaries).