Sunday, July 23, 2006

Kudzu, kudzu, kudzu


Welcome to Georgia

9 comments:

kenju said...

Now I thought you were in NC. Kudzu is a royal pest, but it makes for a lovely, sculptural quality to the trees it "eats".

Michael Covarrubias said...

What excellent, rich verdancy. What's the best advice for getting such contrast on a single colour?

MShane said...

Bless You!!

Jerry Pennington said...

Looks like the cover of an R.E.M. album

Sharon said...

It does. Murmur, to be exact.

R.E.M. is from Georgia.

So that's what kudzu looks like. I always wondered.

jlbussey said...

(Hmm, it ate my comment...)

Here in the Pacific Northwest we have wild blackberries that do the exact same thing. They aren't nearly as lush a green as the kudzu, but they do come with vicious, flesh-eating thorns.

Super Babe said...

That is so funny! I usually don't like kudzu, but it does look pretty in that picture!

Rick Lee said...

Michael... I picked this scene (there are MANY kudzu scenes to pick from) because the light was coming almost from behind so there was lots of light and dark areas. Also, I play with the white point and black point in Photoshop to get the contrast just right... and I increased the saturation a touch.

I was not aware of the REM album... I just looked at it and it looks like it might be kudzu in the winter.

Kudzu is a fast-growing vine with large leaves about 6 inches across. It covers and destroys trees and whatever else is in its path. I've seen it before but NEVER, EVER have I seen so many patches and such acreage of patches as I saw in Georgia last week. In this photo, literally everything you see in the photo is kudzu and it extends to the left so far that I could have shot 3 more frames with no overlap.

Rick Lee said...

BTW... as interesting as this photo is, as I was getting out of the car and getting my camera turned on, a herd of deer bounded across the scene and then a large raptor of some sort flew across it. By the time I got the camera up, they were all gone and didn't come back. I waited a while too.