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December 17, 2009

In the winter months, Berlin’s high latitude and low altitude yield a bleak urban tundra. The abundant summer green deciduates and rots. Bushes and trees become dark skeletons. But if you look closely there is another kind of spring with strange and lovely blossoms all its own.

The winter berries of Berlin are like tiny ornaments, bright as glowing lights on their spidery black branches. What is pictured above was gathered from bushes around just one S-Bahn station. There are many shapes and colors. One looks like a habanero. Another looks like a plum. There are miniature pomegranates, fuschas and lumpy little clouds.

One just might miss the winter spring with all those leaves in the way.

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