English Ivy, in the trees and covering the ground.
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.
English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberry.
As I’ve mentioned before, there’s lots and lots of English Ivy in the trees of Seattle. It’s particularly visible in winter when the trees’ leaves are down. It’s a big problem, smothering seedlings and causing trees to topple in high winds. (Click for big.)
Near the University of Washington, in an area of big, old houses that have been converted to student housing. Steep parts of Seattle often have these odd garages embedded in hillsides, sometimes far below their houses. They remind me of ruins, so it’s a little strange to see them still in use.
Lightroom’s “Auto” development button really punched this one up. It’s not a multiple-exposure HDR image, but it kinda has that look, doesn’t it? I think it fits the subject.
This is on the campus of a conference center in northeast Seattle. The main grounds are immaculately groomed, but around the edges you can find pretty much every invasive plant in Seattle, all of them growing exuberantly over one another. The foreground is Himalayan Blackberry, which will take over any un-forested spot if you don’t keep digging it out, and the trees in the back are covered with English Ivy, which will do the same in any forested area. Growing through the blackberry (not easily visible here) is bindweed, and wherever the ground is slightly damper is our local invasive ranunculus (buttercup). Topping things off is an invasive clematis climbing over the ivy. Who said you can’t find wild nature in the city?
They’re starting to build the new State Route 520 floating bridge over Lake Washington. These old ramps will be gone, and probably the trees and ivy beside them. (Click for big.)
Hey, like I said, I have an invasive ivy thing going. This poor alder is being strangled by side branches of two separate vines. I’ve never seen them wrapped all the way around like this before. The tree has about lost the fight: it really is leaning like this; I’m not tilting the camera.
(I may have an invasive ivy series going here.) I see this tree every day on my commute, and I came back Saturday specifically to get this photo (and whatever else I could find in the area). I was dismayed at the wind but eventually realized that it could enhance the image. I set a shutter speed of one second and waited for strong leaf motion. This is my favorite of over a dozen attempts. In my last ivy post, I made the leaves dark (Adobe Lightroom lets you adjust the brightness of colors individually). I tried that here, too, at first, and got an interesting effect, sort of like a mass of black fungus filling the tree. But this version, with the leaves light, I think looks even better. I like the contrast with the dark branches.