11.08.2019 The Ivy Crawls In, The Ivy Crawls Out

I’ve always found ivy creeping up brick structures interesting. In this instance, Boston Ivy is taking hold of an entire building’s front and starting to encroach on the sides.

One might wonder why the owners allow the takeover.  This is the south face of the building and possibly the shade it produces aids in cooling during the summer.  The vines cover very little of the glass after dropping the leaves so does not interfere with the sun’s heat during cold weather. Just conjecture and maybe I should call just to find out.  Some of you may remember my posting a tattered flag on a barn a few years back. I stopped and asked permission mentioning that I thought the tear was an attractive feature of endurance.  The owner said go ahead but my mention caused her to think it should be replaced with a new one which she did.  All the poignancy was lost.  I may be giving my conversation more weight than it deserves but just to be safe maybe I won’t question the building owner.

Here is a close up of the left-most window.

The ivy has gotten through some gap and is now taking up residence inside. I guess that saves the tenant of the room from bringing in a plant from home.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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35 Responses to 11.08.2019 The Ivy Crawls In, The Ivy Crawls Out

  1. Ms. Liz says:

    LOL.. bringing the outdoors in. Good one!

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  2. What a great wiiiiide colorful panorama! You’ve come up with a unique take on fall foliage in New England—something that’s not easy to do.

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    • Thanks, Steve. It’s a stitch of several overlapping shots and I had to get as close to centered as possible. Even with the tripod plumb and the camera bubble level centered there was still a little movement that needed to be straightened out in post. But every leaf seemed to fall in place. I’ve been looking at this building for years and finally, just like so many other times lately, I stopped and made some images.


  3. melissabluefineart says:

    Pretty, but a bit much. I used to think it was romantic to have ivy climbing the side of a house but somewhere along the way it began to feel claustrophobic to me, and the thought of having my windows covered with it makes my skin crawl. Your thoughts are interesting and may well be right. I wonder if the person has aged, and can’t restrain the ivy any longer.

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  4. When I lived in upstate New York, I grew up with this sort of thing. I think it’s a fashion statement, and of course those are all a matter of taste. I must admit I kinda like it.

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Oh, beautiful color and texture, Steve! Being a horticulturist, I can’t help but mention that this is Boston Ivy (related to Virginia Creeper) and not English Ivy, which is evergreen. As pretty as it is, the suction feet on this vine (and most others) will degrade the brick and mortar over time, but the present owner probably isn’t concerned about that. It does make a beautiful wall!

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    • Thanks, Eliza. And I appreciate the correction. Lazy of me not to look more closely into it.
      They are talking about a new location/building so maybe have thought about your diagnosis. But it’s been this way for a long time. Rust never sleeps and I guess neither does ivy.

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      • BTW, Eliza, back on October 30 I posted some shots of the farm at the intersection of South Mill River and Rte. 116 in Deerfield. I said that was an ivy but as with this one didn’t really look into it. It wasn’t showing any color so I didn’t think it was Virginia Creeper but I guess that’s possible. Are you familiar with that farm and the plant climbing the silo?.


      • Eliza Waters says:

        Yes, I know the farm very well as we pass it all the time. I love the Ayshire/Jersey cattle which we seldom see anymore as most farms milk Holsteins. I think that climber on the barn is the dreaded Asian bittersweet, scourge of trees. I hate the stuff, it is like kudzu.


      • Ha! So again you have straightened me out on something as I thought the cows there were Herefords. And that the vines may be bittersweet. Across from the store I work at in South Hadley several of the trees are draped with the stuff.


      • Eliza Waters says:

        It is such a thug, pretty in the fall, but still a thug! 😀

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  6. bluebrightly says:

    That’s a funny story about the flag – wouldn’t you know! So yes, mum’s the word! I find it strange indeed, but it makes a great photograph. 🙂

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  7. shoreacres says:

    This has gone straight to the top of my list of favorite autumn photos. Whatever the reason for the ivy being allowed to clamber and cling, it made for one of the loveliest autumn color photos I’ve seen. I’m a sucker for old, vine-covered buildings anyway, but a building covered with vines that change color is something special.

    I laughed aloud at your title, and I can’t believe no one else caught the reference and offered the next line about the worms playing pinochle on your snout. You must know it, but if you don’t, here are the full lyrics. I think you have to be about ten years old to fully enjoy them.

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    • Ha! Yes, I do remember the lyrics and sang them many a time as a child. As I get nearer to that time I don’t plan on singing it again any time soon. I am glad you got it as I was beginning to wonder. 🙂
      This is another of those subjects I’ve passed many times. In this case I had made a couple of images in the past but never shared them as I didn’t care for those results all that much. These I am happy with for sure. I hadn’t noticed the inner encroachment until processing though.


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