Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Honeysuckle and Wild Roses

Yesterday was a glorious day in Vicksburg, and a perfect day to take a drive in the country. The wildflowers are at their peak right now, and there were some in particular I was hoping to capture with my camera. I wasn't disappointed.

I don't know about you, but I love honeysuckle. It's delicate blooms are so elegant and, of course, it smells absolutely heavenly (you can click on the pictures to enlarge them, if you'd like).

I know honeysuckle can be invasive when it's growing in your yard, but there's just nothing prettier than its flower-covered tangle of vines growing wild on fences and fence posts along a country road.

I took the next three pictures last April on another "roadside photo shoot."

Even though it's just the first of May, our days have already been quite warm. Yesterday, I was trying to find some honeysuckle in a shady spot when I received a little lagniappe in the form of some gorgeous wild roses growing on the side of the road.

I slammed on my brakes and backed up (this was a deserted country road, thank goodness), and discovered that there was also honeysuckle growing amongst the roses. Honeysuckle, wild roses, and shade -- it just doesn't get much better than that, folks!

The roses were pretty from a distance, but even more beautiful up close.

In the days to come, when I look at these pictures, I will recall the day I took them and remember that magical place in the shade, heavy with the scents of honeysuckle and wild roses mingling in the air around me. I'm so thankful that I was able to capture that memory forever in my pictures.

In the next few days, I will be sharing more pictures from my drive in the country, and hope you will join me.


Stacey said...

Beautiful! I bet the smell is heavenly!

Deb said...

I love honeysuckle too...reminds me of when I was a kid...my grandparents always had it on the back fence...along side wild roses...

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Our Honeysuckles were just getting ready to bloom, but I'm afraid they were all in my Azaleas so they had to go. Hopefully the ones back in the woods are still growing, will have to take a little walk and check it out. I love to smell the sweet scent of Honey suckle. You wild roses are so very stunning.
Great pictures.

C.E. Hart said...

Hello, Janie.

Beautiful photos!

I would like your permission to use one or two of your honeysuckle photos for a book trailer of my current novella. If you grant me permission, I would (of course) name you as photographer in the credits.

Thank you for your consideration. :) Have a lovely weekend.

C.E. Hart