Lake City Way, Feb 01 2014, 11:31 AM


English Ivy, in the trees and covering the ground.


Not Our Leaves


Not one of those many leaves belongs to the trees they cover. (English Ivy on native black cottonwoods in a greenbelt in southwest Seattle.)

At the Gate


How about a little color for a change? I was thinking black and white when I shot this, but I like it better this way. (By the Glacier Northwest cement company in southwest Seattle.)

Lakeview Blvd E, Mar 08 2014, 10:30 AM


I’m taking a risk here by including the trash can. I find that having almost anything in these photos besides the plants and the little bit of road, and perhaps some wires, causes the plants immediately to recede into the background and be ignored. We’re so used to seeing a screen of foliage behind the things that we’re typically looking at that it’s hard to make the plants the center of interest. Here I’ve done a lot of selective darkening and lightening to draw the eye toward the middle.

Lakeview Blvd E, Mar 08 2014, 10:01 AM


Below St Mark’s Cathedral on the west side of Capitol Hill — some very tony real estate. Mostly English Ivy with some Old Man’s Beard.

Lake City Way, Feb 01 2014, 11:36 AM


English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberry.

Rainier Avenue S, Feb 22 2014, 11:33 AM


Mostly Old Man’s Beard, also known as Wild Clematis.

Rainier Avenue S, Feb 22 2014, 9:35 AM


Back on the beat looking for Seattle’s “best” roadside weed-covered trees. (Click for big.)

Lake City Way, Feb 01 2014, 11:55 AM


Hope you’re not getting tired of weed photos, because I’m not. The “place and time” title of this photo is an experiment. I’m thinking of calling this project “Invasion” and giving all the photos titles like this to add a sense of immediacy and movement that we don’t normally associate with plants.



Trees along the downhill side of Dexter Avenue draped with invasive clematis. (Spookiness assisted by negative clarity in Lightroom.)