Monday, September 5, 2011

Virginia Creeper vine

Virginia Creeper vine
twining around a fence post,
five fingers reaching

Labor Day, a day to honor those who labor and a day of rest from labor. Tomorrow it's back to school for many children. Today they are riding their bikes, bare backs, bare feet, care free. It's still officially summer but the leaves have already begun to turn red and yellow and fall to the ground. This Virginia Creeper has been laboring for a long time to climb up a fence post. The creeper, with its five-finger leaves, is a prolific climber, reaching heights of 20 to 30 m in the wild. It climbs smooth surfaces using small forked tendrils tipped with small strongly adhesive pads. This particular wild vine, after reaching the top of the fence post, fanned out in all directions, seeking something else to latch onto, something higher to surmount. But what? The sky's the limit.

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