This is a continuation of my recent photo shoot along some of the country roads near Vicksburg. My first story featured a visit with some delightful Jerusalem Donkeys that were grazing near the frontage road along I-20, between Vicksburg and Jackson. If you would like to read that post, you can click on the link.
After I left the donkeys, my attention was drawn to the colorful fencerows which were covered by tangled masses of Trumpet Vines and all kinds of wild berry vines. You can click on the pictures to enlarge them, if you would like to get a closer look ...
The colorful red and gold leaves reminded me that Fall is just around the corner.
I enjoy photographing trumpet vines, and always find something new and interesting about them.
I love the way the sun filtered through the petals of the large trumpet in the center of this picture ...
The sunlight was filtering through the leaves on this row of trees, too, and I did a double take as I passed by them.
There was no traffic coming, so I backed up and captured them quickly with my camera.
I pulled off the road to photograph the next fencerow. I'm not sure what the name of this plant is, but I think it's pretty.
I love the way the little tendrils curl around the stem ...
Just down the road a bit, I noticed this big guy enjoying a quiet moment in the midday shade.
I tried to get him to look at the camera, but he didn't even flinch, and rudely put me on ignore.
One of the things I love most about my photo shoots is that I almost always learn something new about the subjects I capture in my pictures, and my "fencerow" shoot was no exception.
This time I learned what these large green pods are ...
When I showed my pictures to my husband, he said he thought they were Maypops, so I checked Google images and, sure enough, I found pictures that confirmed he was right they were, indeed, Maypop seed pods.
I was glad I had picked a couple and brought them home with me so I could see what was inside them.
Seeds inside the dried pod ...
The flowers are large and showy, and normally bloom in July. Here is a picture I found on the Internet of a Maypop bloom:
[Photographer: Norman G. Flaigg]
I wish I had known about Maypop vines in July I would have loved capturing pictures of some of those gorgeous blooms.
I hope you enjoyed taking this little adventure with me. Perhaps you can get out this holiday weekend and explore the changing season for yourself. There is definitely a change in the air here in Mississippi ... and it's a good one!