You've heard of the dog days of summer, but this tail end of the season is, for me, the dogwood days of summer, the days when the delicious Kousa dogwood fruits ripen. For the record, I didn't know they were edible when I first tried one, but they have become part of the foraging menu. They have an undeniable visual appeal:
The yellowish pulp inside has the sweet deliciousness of a tropical fruit, but there's not a lot of substance to these beauties. Give each a couple of licks, then move on to the next one. There are plenty of them to be had, because these ornamental trees are everywhere.