Isn't this the prettiest berry you've ever seen?
It's the American Beautyberry, a native plant. At our other house, we spent good money at a plant nursery to buy some of these after we saw them growing wild at Jekyll Island, Georgia. Unfortunately, what we bought was the (unlabelled) 'rare' white Beautyberry. When we moved to this house, we had planned to buy some of the purple ones but didn't get around to it that first spring. That August, we started seeing the purple berries everywhere, and found it grows wild by our pond.
I can't imagine why these aren't more popular.
I went to take the picture below, and didn't see the spider until I was right up on it.
These spiders grow wild down by the pond too. They freaked me out a little that first summer, but now I think they're gorgeous.
As long as they Stay. Out. Of. My. House.
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