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Updated: Jul 30, 2014 8:17am PST

Abstract vs realistic : These images are pairs:  One close to what the camera recorded, and the other with a variation of the tonal curve applied to what the camera recorded.  As if the camera had been set to record the light value as seen by a different kind of eye.

Abstract vs realistic

Brandon Smith (Redwoodtwig)

These images are pairs: One close to what the camera recorded, and th ...

Updated: Jun 22, 2014 8:17pm PST

Euonymus fortunei or Wintercreeper : Wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei  or spindle or fortune's spindle) is sold in nursery stores as a ground cover, for a garden that is being continuously cared for.  As a ground cover, it is very effective at covering the ground, smothering anything else that might have wanted to come up in the area covered.  However, in vine form, like ivy, it will send out rootlets into the nearest victim.  Unlike ivy, though, it gets really big and will strangle a tree.

Neither of these characteristics make it desirable to have in a harmonious food forest garden.  However, the problem remains, what to do when invaded?  I didn't buy or plant any, and when I discovered the patch in the first photo, I initially thought I'd solved the ground cover problem for landscaping near the house. 

I discovered how dire the wintercreeper invasion could be last winter when wandering about taking photographs.It was in December when all the leaves have come off the deciduous trees, or in the case of some oaks, remain there brown and lifeless. Even the Bush Honeysuckle, invading from Amur, has dropped most of its leaves.  But there was this one tree I spotted that still had a lot of green on it.  I got closer was completely puzzled by this new kind of vine, at least new to me.  Kind people on a Facebook group identified it for me -- the same vine as I'd been admiring as a ground cover can form six inch thick trunks and strangle anything they come across.

Missouri Botanical Garden lists it as invasive, as does

Euonymus fortunei or Wintercreeper

Brandon Smith (Redwoodtwig)

Wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei or spindle or fortune's spindle) is ...

Updated: Jun 04, 2014 7:30am PST

Olivia : a gem in the rough.



a gem in the rough.

Updated: May 31, 2014 7:24pm PST

Jodi : Jodi is from Newfoundland, and is a mother.



Jodi is from Newfoundland, and is a mother.

Updated: May 31, 2014 7:04pm PST

Sierra R :

Sierra R

Bobby Deal

Updated: May 31, 2014 12:05pm PST




Updated: May 27, 2014 10:14am PST

Jolene Hexx :

Jolene Hexx

Bobby Deal

Updated: May 23, 2014 9:38am PST

Desi casual :

Desi casual

Brandon Smith (Redwoodtwig)

Updated: May 22, 2014 2:04am PST

Sharlit Murphy 2014 : <a href="">Portraits Thousand Oaks</a><br><br>

Sharlit Murphy, contestant for the  6th annual Tribute to the Music of Johnny Cash Pinup Pageant.<br><br>

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Sharlit Murphy 2014


Portraits Thousand Oaks Sharlit Murphy, contestant for the 6th annua ...

Updated: Apr 17, 2014 12:19am PST