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a moment of beautiful – bug-shot shadows

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the space: the surface of the power pole in front of our house

the beautiful: the pattern of shadow through bug-eaten leaves

The power pole in front of our house is habitat for a vine of Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia (L.) Planch.). also known as Woodbine.  I brought the vine home about thirty years ago, as a slip collected from a plant in the park beside the St. John River.  Over the years, it has struggle against the winds, determined to blow it from its perch, the power company, unhappy with its use of the pole, and the lawn mower as it snips away at the horizontal tendrils.

This year, it has a new challenge to overcome.  An insect has chewed the vine full of holes… probably not a severe problem for the plant.

On Friday, I caught the shadow pattern created by the bug-eaten leaves as the sun shone at the right angle for a moment… a new way to see the consequence of belonging to the food chain!

©  Jane Tims  2012

beneath the vine

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Vines sculpt spaces as they grow, clinging to and draping across the surfaces they choose to colonise.  

Telephone poles display armloads of Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia ( L.) Planch.)  …

The moose fence along the highway is softened by a curtain of Virgin’s Bower (Clematis virginiana L.) …

Purple grapes, ready to pick, fill the arbour with soft shade… 


ripened shadows


under layered leaves

marbled shadows hang

in cloistered dark


cool nonchalance

columnar grey intensifies

as grapes grow ripe


taut green ferments

to purple must

and effervesces air


even where no surface intercepts

clustered shadows

ready to pick


© Jane Tims  2011

Written by jane tims

October 17, 2011 at 7:05 am

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