Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Beautiful Strangler

I love kudzu. I know it's an invasive plant and according to reports in 2009, it's said to be spreading at a rate of 150,000 acres annually, strangling and suffocating everything in it's path.

But there's just something about it. It's very green and lush, and it forms a blanket over almost everything. I've seen it cover buildings and vehicles, telephone poles and wires, farm equipment and barns; the vine following their shapes and creating aomething that looks as if it were molded of leaves.

I'm sure not everyone loves kudzu like I do, especially if they live in an area that's being strangled by it, but I will always look in awe and shout, "Kudzu!" to Ed when I see it. And try to snap a picture, like this one. It's not the best
kudzu I've seen, but it was the best I could do at short notice, fumbling for my camera in the bottom of my bag and trying to snap a photo as Ed whizzed by!

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Art Enables Us To Find Ourselves And Lose Ourselves At The Same Time
2010: Even God Can’t Help Men
2009: My President’s House
2008: Don’t Give Up Hope If You Just Don’t Know What You Want To Be When You Grow Up, You Have Choices
2007: Alright, Mr. DeMille, I’m Ready For My Close Up
2006: Stone Magnolia
2005: Fitty Nine!!!


Belledog said...

Your photo looks like a Bierstadt painting.


Marlaina said...

I, at least LOL, feel guilty that I love it when I know it is a bad, bad thing, and I have seen it as far north as the Buffalo area, which is totally astounding. In Arkansas, you can see the dead trees when the Kidzu hibernates for fall. It is evil stuff. But the topiary like sculptures it makes are pretty amzazing. Always makes me think of Edward Scissorshands.

Willow said...

Grows at a rate of 7 inches per day!