Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Virginia Creeper

Here's a pretty vine that I now see all over the place. Five tooth-edged leaves. A real climber. Known for brilliant fall foliage. Will be sporting attractive purplish, although poisonous, berries later on.

For way too long, I'd pass by this species telling myself that 'it's not poison ivy'. Sometimes I define by negation. I guess it's a method to manage the unknown. :-)

It's Virginia Creeper, Parthenocissus quinquefolia.

Here's a Photoshop experiment using a few filters. I've received positive feedback on my dreamy attempts and I do like that effect but something about bright, almost garish, color seems to attract me. For tomorrow's post, I will attempt a middle ground treatment--that is, closer to reality but in a contrastingly isolated fashion.


  1. You are too funny... "definition by negation"... one of my favorite methods of ID- now it finally has a name! Of course then there's always the "what the h*ll is that thing?" method that works for me, too!

  2. Haha! :-)

    Before everything leafed out, I'd rationalize off those bare twigs and branches, saying that once the leaves came that I'd be all right. Ya, right... Now I feel like a cork in a whirlpool!

    Just the grasses are such a challenge. I'd love to take a week off sometime just to tackle them...