9 November finds us hunting for Bittersweet fruit in various spots where we've previously seen the vines around Bishops Mills, Ontario. In 2008 we found one that we'd thought was the invasive Celastrus orbiculatus at the edge of a Jack Pine plantation along South Bolton Road, but today it looks as if those vines may have been included in the roadside clearing that was done by chipping machine this spring.
In swampy Soft Maple woods between wetlands on the loop road behind the Limerick Forest headquarters we revisit several vines of the native species Celastrus scandens, close along the road. The stems of the vines are all more than a metre tall, and clusters of red fruits with orange bracts glow in the evening light.
The first Bittersweet painting I did was several years ago, sitting beside these very vines and looking up to paint the thin curving stems with spaced out berry clusters against a clear blue sky. This time I decide to paint the berries larger, so you can see how beautifully sculpted their bracts are, and how succulent the red berries, beginning to wrinkle a bit this late in the season... and what better background than this Limerick wetland scene as the sun sets!
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