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.
Little Susitna River, Houston: Lowbush cranberries are quite red with some white unripe blotches remaining on undersides; most berries crunchy. A few plants are still flowering. Everything is looking good for picking later. Very impressive bunchberries this year, good snacks. Also snacked on nice timberberries and found a few trailing currants for snacks, too soft to keep.
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.
Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge, Wasilla: Northern black currants starting to turn blue/black. Most still green. Watermelon berries green. Bog cranberry flowering.
Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge, Wasilla: Picked lots of perfect, huge rose petals. A few rosehips are ready. Northern black currants are big and green. Raspberries and nagoonberries are small and green, a few beginning to redden.
Girdwood: Blueberries and trailing currants are small and green. Lots of beautiful blooms on trailing raspberry, salmonberry, cloudberry, bog cranberry. Some small berries forming.
Calvin and Coyle Woodland Park, Homer: Many berry plants flowering. Trailing raspberry, nagoonberry, cloudberry, watermelon berry, along with roses and many other wildflowers. Red currants and trailing black currants, and elderberry have small/medium green berries and a few flowers still here and there. Beach peas blooming and sea chickweed vining all over the peninsula beaches, very pretty.
South Fork Eagle River Trail, Eagle River: Crowberries and blueberries have some green and some ripe berries. Lots of ripe trailing raspberries. Some old trailing black currants and watermelon berries around. Lowbush cranberry is red/unripe and bearberry is mostly green. Prolific mushroom time here like everywhere.
Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge, Wasilla: Picked lots o’ perfect black currants and perfect nagoonberries.
Nordic trails, Girdwood: Forest- Picked Alaska and Early blueberries. Enough berries are ripe to go picking, but plenty are still green. Trailing black currants and trailing raspberries are plentiful and almost ripe. Perfect watermelon berries, elderberries, and reddening highbush cran plentiful here (like everywhere). In the meadows- cloudberries are plentiful and perfect/tasty! Really good bog blueberries too. Bog cranberries red but not ripe.