Quite recently, on our trip to Kakopetria village, I spotted this creeper on a house wall.
I have to say that, as much as I love shooting plants and flowers, I don’t know much about them besides the common ones. I thought it would be hard to find information about this creeper because I only had a picture and no clue what is called. So I searched for it as a red creeper in the web and I found it quickly.
Parthenocissus quinquefolia, known as Virginia creeper, Victoria creeper, five-leaved ivy, or five-finger. It is a prolific deciduous climber. It is grown as an ornamental plant, because of its ability to rapidly cover walls and buildings, and its deep red to burgundy fall (autumn) foliage.
An important information is that its berries are highly toxic to humans. On the other hand they are not toxic to birds, which provide an important winter food source for many bird species.
It’s just me playing with the light and my sunglasses from a moving car. Don’t worry I wasn’t the driver!
Through the first part of the trip, I was shooting from inside the car and it was hard because both the car and I were moving, To add to it, the road was full of curves and that made it hard to maintain my stability. At one point I had to stop the experiment because I started to feel dizzy!
When we finally arrived at our destination, we went to a café for a drink. The weather was really nice and sunny so we sat outside. It was a great opportunity for me to play again some more with my sunglasses and the light.
This post is part of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge:Shine
Last week one of them bloomed in my parents’ garden. I decided to take some photos – reluctantly. The reason is that I tried last year to photograph the flower and I didn’t like the pictures. Maybe I wanted something different… But I think now I found what I was looking for. Close up shots, different angles and more creativity! I was satisfied with the result!
Some information about the Bird of Paradise flower
The bird of paradise is one of the most beautiful exotic flowers, native to South Africa. They bloom from September through May.
A common name of the genus Strelitzia, is bird of paradise flower/plant, because of a resemblance of its flowers to birds of paradise. The genus is named after the Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, birthplace of Queen Charlotte of the United Kingdom.
In South Africa it is commonly known as a crane flower and is featured on the reverse of the 50 cent coin. It is also the floral emblem of the City of Los Angeles. (source: Wikipedia)