Last week, I did a photo shoot featuring scenes from a few Country Roads around Vicksburg (you can click on the link, if you would like to read that post).Today, I'd like to share some pictures I captured during that shoot of Trumpet Vines growing along one of the fence rows.
One of the prettiest and most colorful fence row vines, Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans) is also known as Trumpet Creeper and by a not-so-pretty name, Cow Itch Vine (because it produces a skin irritant that may cause redness, burning, and itching in susceptible individuals). Its bright orange (or yellow) trumpet-shaped flowers attract hummingbirds from miles around, but the plant is quite invasive and will grow to heights of 40 feet, covering everything in its path.
Its flowers are truly glorious, and I enjoyed seeing them up close through my lens and capturing them with my camera (you can click on the photos, if you'd like to see them closer).
While researching Trumpet Vines for this post, everything I read about them mentioned that they attract hummingbirds, but I did not see one hummingbird while I was photographing these vines. I can just imagine how exciting that would be, though — to capture hummingbirds swarming amongst those gorgeous flowers ... oh, be still my heart!
If you are traveling down a country road this Fall, and see trumpet vines growing on a fence row, I hope you will stop and take the time to see them up close for yourself. Who knows — you may even get to see some hummingbirds, too!
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