04 Sep 14. Thought I'd do something a little different for this week's theatrical Thursday, and play with a shot of some local produce, in this case the fruit of a naturally growing vine, the blackberry. Starting about mid way down our driveway and continuing along the property edge adjacent to the street and for several more blocks you will find a great abundance of these plants simply begging for their berries to be harvested, and that was done with some regularity this summer, with lots of help from the cherubs who also got a few lessons in baking at the feet of Grandma! Once picked, Jan would wash them off, then spread them over a cookie sheet to freeze them. Once frozen they are easily stored in any manner of ways, she uses zip lock type baggies, which keeps them from freezing to each other since they are already individually frozen prior to being placed in the bags. This way, when it comes time to use them, say for a pie, tart, or muffins, etc., they are easily removed in the quantity desired with no need to have to break them up for measuring; they just pour right out of the bags. Upon removing one such tray from the freezer, Jan suggested that they might make for a nice photo and I agreed. The creative version of one of those shots is what I'm sharing; what is lost in sharpness is countered by the exaggeration of the frost on the surface of the individual berries. The manipulation not only amplifies that aspect, but it also serves to emphasize that not all the berries were equally "mature." D300s; 105mm Macro; Aperture Priority; ISO 400; 1/60 sec with fill flash @ f /10.