Like picking ripe blackberries. During the summer of 1983 the blackberries on Whidbey island were thicker than ever before. It was an outstanding year, with gallons and gallons of ripe blackberries waiting to be picked. Conclusions:
(1) go where the berries are ripe;
(2) pick fast and furiously;
(3) don't expend too much time where picking is slim;
(4) unpicked berries rot and fall;
(5) thorns can impede picking.