Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge, Wasilla: Did some late currant hunting. Got lots of nice northern black currants and red currants. Things are getting squishy but there’s still plenty to be picked. Also picked nice rosehips.
Swamp land, Big Lake: Picked lots of perfect early blueberries in select spots.
Matanuska River Park, Palmer: Highbush cranberries are cherry red and good to snack on; tart. Serviceberries are nice and ripe or past their prime (shriveled). Soapberries are ripe. There are still watermelon berries to snack on.
North Shore, Big Lake: Picked lots of perfect bog blueberries! Also snacked on low bush cranberries while picking.
Swamp land, Big Lake: Tried to pick every kind of berry around. Picked tons of wild raspberries. Also picked quite a few red currants and very ripe watermelon berries (almost too squishy to get.) Picked many perfect trailing black currants from one spot. Picked a few ripe crowberries, cloudberries, and rosehips here and there. Snacked on ripe timberberries. Lowbush cranberries are large and green and highbush are turning red. Huge, interesting mushrooms are everywhere as well as a ton of mourning cloak caterpillars in feeding frenzies.
Woods, Big Lake: picked lots of raspberries and some bog blueberries. Lots of good watermelon berries around and pretty good bunchberries too.
Swamp land, Big Lake: Picked lots of red currants. Skunk currants are also ripe. Picked a nice amount of ripe early blueberries. Elderberries seem red in sunny spots and green in shady spots. Crowberries and bog cranberries seem almost ready in spots.
Swamp land, Big Lake: Red currants are mostly orangey tomato-red. Skunk currants red. Bog cranberry flowering or with small green berries. Lowbush cranberries are mostly small and green. Some early blueberries turning purple.
Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge, Wasilla: Northern black currants starting to turn blue/black. Most still green. Watermelon berries green. Bog cranberry flowering.
Swamp land, Big Lake: Bog blueberries are big and green. Red currants are beginning to look pink. (Berries on other currants here are greener still.) Most elderberry flowers have dropped off their green berries. Watermelon plants are flowering or have small green berries. Raspberries small and green. Bog cranberry flowering. Cloudberry has small, hard berries.