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Another look


A couple of months ago I spent a morning on a local trail pulling out what felt like tons of blackberry vines. I became really good at telling the difference between the native variety and the invasive Himalayan kind. Right now I wish I could tell you conclusively which type is pictured in this photo, but all I can really say is that it's probably Himalayan, because there's so much more of the invasive species than of the native. Which is pretty much true of anything, right? Like our Eurpoean ancestors who thrived here and crowded out the indigenous inhabitants of the land.

While I wish their arrival hadn't come at such a high cost to the natives, I am grateful to the inventors of our national eating day, having just consumed enough delicious food to keep me going for a week. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

November 26, 2009 7:31 PM