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We are a Boundary Waters canoe trip outfitter, Quetico outfitter, and guide service in Ely, Minnesota. This Boundary Waters blog shares photos, stories, humor, skills, and naturalist insights from guiding in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Juneberry Tree in Bloom - The "Popcorn Tree"

Sitting around our campfire on Disappointment Lake, David asked about the "popcorn tree" behind the tents. What a perfect description! Juneberry trees are covered in spectacular white blooms now. From a distance, they appear to be covered in snow white popcorn.

Juneberry trees are often called "serviceberry trees." Serviceberry is probably a more appropriate name because the berries won't mature until July. Maybe I'll return to this campsite for some serviceberry pancakes then!


Betsy F said...

Whatever they're called, what's a juneberry look or taste like?

And, "Disappointment Lake" -- there's gotta be a good story behind that name.

Jason Zabokrtsky said...

Betsy F, watch for a full report on the look and taste of Juneberries in July! ;) A Juneberry pie can be as good as a blueberry one!

As for the name "Disappointment Lake," some mischeivous mapmaker might have wanted to keep this lake all to himself. It's definitely not disappointing.