This creeper, which has completely taken over a fence I pass by on my walks everyday, looks like some sort of insatiable alien creature, when stripped of its ivy leaves.
This entry was posted on February 4, 2012 by Lemony. It was filed under Uncategorized, Vine and was tagged with Ivy, Nature Photography, Panasonic Lumix LX5, Photography, Vine, Winter.
A decidedly creepy creeper indeed….so interesting in shape, form, texture and seemingly boundless “appetite” as it overtakes the life of that helpless fence. Great photo.
Pam (and Sam)
February 4, 2012 at 12:01 pm
Thanks, Pam (and Sam)! I hope I’ve successfully captured all you’ve mentioned because that’s exactly what I was going for!
February 4, 2012 at 12:07 pm
This is incredible! Definitely a creepy creeper!
February 4, 2012 at 1:18 pm
It does look like an alien!
It’s such a mess, but a beautiful mess.
Love the post-processing!!
February 4, 2012 at 4:33 pm
Thanks, Pablo. I hesitated on my choice for post-processing. I’m glad you think it works.
February 4, 2012 at 5:47 pm
I’m petrified…Make sure you carry a stick on your walks.
Seriously…. these are fabulous images.
February 4, 2012 at 4:35 pm
Thanks, Stuart. Don’t worry: I carry all the necessary laser weaponry on my outings.
February 4, 2012 at 5:57 pm
A beautiful tangle.
February 4, 2012 at 4:38 pm
Thank you, Karen. There is something beautiful about this vine, despite or thanks to (I can’t decide which) its creepiness.
February 4, 2012 at 6:00 pm
I absolutely love these! The twisted, intertwining shapes really draw the viewer into the photos. And your desaturation of the colors make them all the more compelling.
When I moved into my current home 27 years ago, Small patches of ivy could be found here and there. But now it has pretty much taken over, not only the forest floor, but it has also climbed and killed many of the trees. My wooded area, which was once comprised mostly of alders, is now becoming a cedar forest. Cedar appears to have the ability to repel the climbing branches.
I have been considering a piece showing the ivy branches climbing a portion of an alder tree. Besides the twisting shapes, I am also intrigued by the visual effect of the patterns created by the arial root that line the branches.
If you haven’t figured out by now, I can be a bit long winded. I hope you don’t mind.
Anyway, these are both great photos. I am amazed with how quickly you are able to come up with such strong visual pieces.
February 4, 2012 at 4:42 pm
Thank you so much for these great comments, Rick. I enjoy anything you have to say. I felt like I took a risk with the desaturation, but I didn’t want to go with B & W, and the full color was distracting somehow. I’m glad you like it.
I didn’t know that Cedar can resist the overwhelming power of Ivy. Very interesting.
I’d love to see the piece you’re envisioning with the ivy branches climbing the alder tree. It sounds fascinating. I found with this particular ivy, the patterns were fantastic. I had a difficult time deciding where to zero in; there were so many possibilities.
February 4, 2012 at 6:05 pm
That vine could star in a movie!
February 4, 2012 at 5:07 pm
Sandy, your comments often make me laugh out loud. You have the best sense of humor!
February 4, 2012 at 6:06 pm
Great detail…my only thought would be there is nowhere for the eye to rest…or at least I didn’t find one 😉
February 5, 2012 at 10:17 am
Thanks for this observation, Steve. I tried cropping from different angles to address this before I posted (because I felt the same way), but the creeper just outdid me! Perhaps we can consider it an “invasion” of the eye! 😉 Seriously, though, I wondered at the time of posting, if there are times when patterns and the overall “feel” of an image give it worth, when it is lacking a strong composition… Perhaps this can be a question for a future post.
February 5, 2012 at 11:59 am
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