IN THE FIELD: A Little Splash Of Red


  1. December 3, 2013 at 9:54 am

    For a hot moment I though that was poison ivy but that’s 3 leaves, right? Great contrasts in color and texture here.

    • December 3, 2013 at 10:18 am

      Leaves of three…leave it be as the saying goes…if you are unsure. Not sure what kind of vine this was. I was pretty far from the tree (about 50 feet or so) but the leaves really stood out in the dark woods.

  2. December 3, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Great shot and composition dear David, fascinated me. Thank you, love, nia

    • December 4, 2013 at 8:57 am

      Thank you NIa, the color was so vibrant!

  3. December 3, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    That is stunning, especially against the soft colours and textures of the bark and lichen. Beautiful!

    • December 4, 2013 at 8:58 am

      Thanks Jo, I love the contrast of all the textures and colors also. It was like a beacon in the woods!

  4. December 3, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    David, I love this! The red leaves, the contrast of colour, the texture of the bark and lichen. Nicely done!

    • December 4, 2013 at 9:01 am

      I couldn’t believe how this little group of leaves stood out among the dark trunks of trees. I looked around for other colorful vines, but this was the only one.

  5. tedgriffith
    December 3, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Beautiful, David! I love the contrast and the splash of color.

    • December 4, 2013 at 9:04 am

      Thanks so much Ted, pretty incredible reds aren’t they!

  6. December 3, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Striking difference in color and texture…nice photo.

    • December 4, 2013 at 9:05 am

      Thank you Karen, it’s amazing what you can find in an old woods.

  7. December 3, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Wow, just like flower blossoms!

    • December 4, 2013 at 9:07 am

      They do look like flowers! This vine was climbing up an old Tulip Poplar that is about 60 feet tall!

  8. December 4, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Virginia Creeper? (Not you, the plant!)

    • December 4, 2013 at 9:08 am

      Hey you may be right John (about the plant!) although I have been know to sneak around at night.

  9. December 4, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Beautiful colour! I agree with John – it looks like a Virginia creeper.

    • December 4, 2013 at 11:45 am

      I’ll go along with that. Virginia Creeper it is then!

  10. December 4, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Beautiful find, David! Love that splash of red against the dark-ish background.

    • December 5, 2013 at 8:56 am

      Thanks Gracie, that’s what caught my eye originally. Most leaves on the trees were still green, but this vine changed early and really popped against the background of the tree bark.

  11. December 6, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Hello David! Virginia creeper was my thought too. We used to have some on a fence and it turned a glorious red in the fall. I love your photo and the vertical “panorama” format. The great textures and subtle colors really show off that splash of red!

    • December 9, 2013 at 8:44 am

      Hi Lee! The red of the vine certainly stood out among the dark tree trunks. This little patch of color was about 12 feet up the trunk and I had to photograph it from a good distance so it would appear as if it was close to eye level. Is this an invasive plant? It sure is pretty in the fall!

      • December 9, 2013 at 9:30 am

        There are differing opinions on whether it’s invasive, depending on where it’s growing, I guess. I do believe it’s a native, at least. Doesn’t seem like it’s a problem where you are. I’ve always liked it and I love the fall color!

  12. LB
    December 9, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Responding to the comments previously: I have a lot of Virginia Creeper in my yard, and have never seen it turn red. I wish it did – this is beautiful! Perhaps it’s a different kind of creeper? I took similar photos while in the smoky mountains in October. That red color is gorgeous against the dark tree trunk.

  13. December 9, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    I saw this same vine growing on this tree two years in a row. The first time I came across it the red color never showed. Maybe there was an abundance of water this year or maybe it changes color only when it wants to LOL. Or as you suggest, maybe it’s a different variety of creeper. Sure was pretty though!

  14. December 11, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Beautiful contrast between the red leaves and the rough bark. 🙂

    • December 15, 2013 at 1:53 pm

      Thanks MB, when I took this shot most of the leaves on the trees had fallen so these red leaves really stood out in the dark woods.

  15. December 12, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    It’s nice to see some color this time of year! We have a lot of snow on the ground now where we live. Great shot, David!

    • December 15, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      Color it is then…I’ll see what I can find in the archives. We had a big storm here last night…shoveling the back yard for the pups is tiring…I never thought I would be shoveling snow from the lawn LOL

  16. December 19, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Lovely shot 🙂

    • December 19, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      Thank you, I took this shot in the woods at our old home and I’m glad I got it while I could because I can’t go back.

  17. December 23, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Wow, this one is gorgeous. Made me smile! 🙂

    • December 25, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      Thank you Nandini…it stopped me in my tracks also!

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