These gray boulders are shrouded in the bright green leaves of Virginia creeper, a hardy vine that grows vigorously and abundantly in the Eastern US. It’s actually a climber, not a creeper, but if there’s nothing around to climb on it will sprawl on whatever is handy, like these stones placed there to guard against erosion from Lake Ontario. It’s vivid in the summer and turns gorgeous shades of red in the fall.
People around here consider Virginia creeper a nuisance plant (the web site I linked to above describes it as “thuggish”), and spend a lot of time and energy figuring out how to kill it. This is understandable. It will use sticky pads to climb your house, and pulling it down will damage the wall. It will swarm over your trees, shading their leaves and stunting or even killing them. But Virginia creeper is hardy and tends to keep coming back. I confess to a certain admiration for its tenacity, which is easy for me since there isn’t any on my property.
What do you admire that others hate? Do you harbor any sneaky sympathy for the anti-hero you want to confess today?
You can join in on the photo challenge! Pick any image you created you can label with the letter V. Share your pics of vans, violins, or vases of violets violets. Here’s how to participate.
- Post an image on your own blog or website.* All types of images are welcome. If you have serious equipment and serious skills, that’s awesome! If you snap pics on your phone (like me), that’s also awesome!
- Post a comment on this page with a link back to your post. If you post a comment that includes a link to your blog, I will add a link to your post below.
- Check back over the next week to follow the links. That way you can see what other people did with the theme and join in the fun.
Olga Godim shared a charming Victorian custom cover for this week’s letter. Check it out here.
*Just so we’re all clear, you post your photos on your own site, which means you aren’t giving control to me or to anyone else. We’re all invited to view the images you post (and comment if your site allows for comments), but nobody has the right to use your images in any way without your permission. Got it? Great!