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Pyracantha berries on the turn 30 August 2017

The pyracantha at the front of the house has a fine crop of berries, and they're on the turn.

I got cunning, and put a +10 dioptre macro lens on the front of the camera (more on that soon). This is lovely for macro work on the cheap but has one small problem: the depth of field is about a quarter of an inch, less when one zooms in, and this is a mild challenge for hand-holding even without a subject that's shaking in a gentle breeze.

Still, it worked: 1/80 sec at f/4, effective ISO 100, and all the colours are here.

Same exposure on a different part of the bush. I suppose we'll have to prune it, but it seems an awful shame.


  1. Posted by Owen Smith at 02:54pm on 30 August 2017

    Pyracanthas only flower on last year's new wood. So if you prune the new growth off every autumn (as I have to with mine or it takes over half the garden) you get hardly any flowers next year. It's the price I have to pay for a 30 year old pyocantha which has got too big for the garden.

  2. Posted by Chris Bell at 05:11pm on 30 August 2017

    How interesting. You said this before, but I don't want the bush blocking the paths and completely overshadowing the fish-tank, so I have been clipping it into a square shape over the border it occupies in the hope that this will cause it to do a bit of infilling work. (It has.)

    All the flowers and berries this year and last therefore must have grown on old wood. Perhaps we have a different sort of pyracantha.

  3. Posted by Owen Smith at 11:38pm on 30 August 2017

    My pyracantha has orange berries, what colour are yours? I'm aware of at least red and yellow as well.

  4. Posted by Chris Bell at 11:18am on 31 August 2017

    I have no idea how you define red or orange, so I think the best answer here is to refer you to the other blog Roger has put up about it: the colour in the pictures is about right. 09 October 2015, or do a search on "pyracantha"

  5. Posted by RogerBW at 11:40am on 31 August 2017

    Or indeed click on the "pyracantha" tag, between article and comments and in the tag-cloud on the right.

  6. Posted by Owen Smith at 11:47pm on 31 August 2017

    Looking at the Oct 2015 posting yours has red berries, mine are much more orange. So we don't have the same sub species.

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