Clematis terniflora: My Addiction Continues

I have a near obsession with Clematis.  Last October, for example, I went almost everyday (sometimes more than once) to one particular hedge in my neighborhood that was covered in the vine to photograph and document  some spider webs that were so beautifully woven into its fluff.  It was a hard month for those webs; we had our first snow at the end of October.

This photograph above is the start of a new infatuation with the same hedge/vine.  I just can’t stay away from it.  I imagine I’ll be following (i.e. stalking) this Clematis (which is of the Japanese variety) throughout the year.


30 responses

  1. Interesting textures with the fluff and flowers together…..clematis is a truly gorgeous vine and there are so many shapes of flowers as well as colors – I’ve always enjoyed looking at them at nurseries but never had luck growing them for myself. Alas.


    March 11, 2012 at 11:48 am

    • From what I understand, this particular clematis can really take over a person’s garden and can quickly get out of hand, so the luck can run both ways. 😉

      March 11, 2012 at 11:53 am

  2. Remarkable picture, 🙂

    March 11, 2012 at 12:30 pm

  3. M m m, Isn’t this an astro-photography of a Galaxy, somewhere ?
    —– It’s a small cosmos Sir.

    March 11, 2012 at 2:18 pm

  4. A worthy addiction, Lemony–don’t even think about weaning yourself from it. Feel free to indulge whenever the urge prompts you. And we all will reap the rewards.

    March 11, 2012 at 4:15 pm

  5. Oh this is fabulous Lemony, my first thought was of a frozen crystal ice surface. Dreamy!

    March 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm

  6. There’s a real supernatural edge to this. Excellent image.

    March 11, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    • Thank you, Richard. That’s exactly the feel I was going for. I was just saying to George that there is an otherworldliness happening inside this vine, and I just love peering in there to see what’s going on.

      March 11, 2012 at 8:38 pm

  7. George Weaver

    This one is the hardier varieties of Clematis. It has a sweet fragrance too. I understand your fascination with it. One vine produces thousands of small, old-fashioned looking blooms. I never grew it, but I’ve seen it in bloom. This is a Fall bloomer. I love your fanciful interpretation of it here.

    March 11, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    • Yes, it did bloom in the fall, when I was visiting it in October. The fascination lies not only with the blooms but with the depth and, strangely enough, the dark dimension it allows me to create in my photographs, and an almost otherworldliness. You’ll see what I mean if you look at my gravatar: that image is from my fall series of the Clematis. The vine seems to take on all kinds of personalities throughout the seasons. It’s got this fluffiness happening at the moment, which is really striking.

      March 11, 2012 at 8:36 pm

  8. Lovely shot….great monotone processing

    March 11, 2012 at 10:45 pm

  9. Stunning capture.
    It really only comes to life when you view it full screen.
    I would love to see this photo blown up to……..huge, if that is an actual paper size.
    It’s just beautiful.

    March 12, 2012 at 9:37 pm

  10. Gorgeous shot

    March 12, 2012 at 10:41 pm

  11. Love the postprocessing here Melanie!!
    At first sight I thought you had frozen some flowers 😉

    March 13, 2012 at 3:06 pm

  12. It is a very beautiful picture… and I can look at it at length… what difference does it make if its an addiction, as long as you enjoy it…

    March 14, 2012 at 1:47 am

    • Thank you, Shimon! Well… the addiction part comes in when I go to visit the vine a few times a day (and night, actually, as I did when the spider webs were there). It actually can cause scheduling complications for my family. 🙂 But everyone was fairly patient with me during my last bout. I just have to try to keep it all in balance.

      March 14, 2012 at 11:34 am

  13. I love the tone of this…beautiful, Melanie !

    March 14, 2012 at 7:25 am

  14. So romantic… so beautiful… I loved it. Thank you dear Melanie, with my love, nia

    March 14, 2012 at 8:46 am

  15. lovely! i have an addiction with clematis too. because this plant is such a wonderful foto model 🙂 no matter how the weather is like, they always look great. and eerie sometimes too. 🙂

    March 15, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    • Thank you! I know what you mean about their eeriness. They offer a wonderful, mysterious depth! My gravatar image is of clematis, and to me it looks like another world! Thank you so much for stopping in; it gave me the chance to discover your own blog!

      March 15, 2012 at 2:23 pm

  16. elmediat

    Excellent composition ! It resembles a print/solar-gram on linen paper, fascinating.

    March 18, 2012 at 2:23 am

  17. Beautiful.

    March 27, 2012 at 3:52 pm

  18. This plant can grow so hard that trees seems to be disappear after a time.
    He is a great help for a wall you want to see
    Very fine shot

    March 31, 2012 at 11:34 am

    • Thank you so much! I’ve heard that the Clematis can indeed take over and dominate a yard. It takes a skillful gardner to keep it under control.

      April 2, 2012 at 2:09 am

  19. Beautiful. Delicate. Lovely.

    April 22, 2012 at 9:14 am

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