Does this look like a peaceful scene? It’s not, at least not for the trees. That’s English Ivy, one of our worst invasives. It’s a bit like kudzu, though it doesn’t grow as fast. Because it can grow in deep shade, it’s capable of invading mature forest. It grows up trees and fills their crowns with extra leaves, weakening them and eventually causing them to blow down in winter storms, when they normally wouldn’t have any leaves to catch the wind.
I’ve been thinking about how to photograph invasives for years, but it’s hard to find an image that conveys the sense of menace that I’d like. This one is moderately successful at that, at least for me. I like the way it looks like a wall of contorted shapes, with the ivy as a dark mass crawling over it.