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Feral Strawberry of Appomattox by ursulav Feral Strawberry of Appomattox by ursulav
A low-growing groundcover that escaped from cultivation, the feral strawberries of Appomattox pose a menace to both livestock and unwary travelers. Almost every native has had the experience of reaching down for an appealingly plump berry and instead getting a nasty bite from the oversized seed-teeth. More rare is the experience of walking into a seemingly innocent clump of vegetation, and then hearing the low, ominous growls of the berries from all directions.

At least one fatality has been reported.

Herbicides are singularly ineffective against the feral strawberries--scientists cite their ability to hold their breath for up to a week--and the only sure-fire cure for an infestation is to borrow a herd of goats for a week.

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I had this wee little chunk of cradled 6 x 6 clayboard, and wanted to do a miniature painting on it. The feral strawberry seemed like good scale. Since I've still got another couple of that size laying around, maybe I'll have to do a couple others. (Ravenous grapes? Savage cherries?)

Original 6 x 6 mixed media is for sale. (on 2-inch gallery cradled clayboard, can be hung as is.) Prints are available for $10 plus shipping--send a note or visit [link] for details!
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Jabber-Wock Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
I am reminded of Shel Silverstein's Wild Strawberry poem
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RainDancer115 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
I doubt only goats could reliably eradicate an infestation...surely, napalm would be far, far more effective.
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JoannaMoory Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Hi! :wave:
This work has been featured in my journal here: [link] ! :iconyummycakeplz:
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Unoko412 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i want to eat it and run away from it at the same time
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zapxfire1 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Clever.
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ShiranuiOkami Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
In Soviet Russia, you don't eat the strawberries, the strawberries eat you. xD I couldn't resist.
I love it! It's really well done, you are skilled with traditional art :)
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MaxiMaster Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
Hmm.......

I am suddenly reminded of a group of particularly bite-happy tubes of what is assumed to be meat that attacked a certain Herpitax-Phibbias School for Reptiles and Amphibians.
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for anyone who can follow this comment, congratulations, you have earned my respect. :winner:
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Rikus-last-Hope Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
... Oh god... Someone did it... Bred Audry 2 to a Strawberry plant to create food that fights back!
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crunchfarm Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
Love the drool XD
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Yoni-Danziger Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
This amazing piece is featured here [link] :w00t:
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