We had our first snowfall of the year in Portland on Monday night, and woke up to a white world. As you can imagine, ur remaining highschooler was elated to hear a “snow day” had been called. I grabbed the camera and went outside to see what kind of pretties I could find. When I later checked the result, I found this – a shot I don’t even remember taking, but turns out to be one of my favorites. Not even sure why… I think it’s because of how the light falls, the shadows, the fuzzy outlines, and the abstractness it all created. If you really want to know, it’s a remaining piece of my crazy Passiflora ‘Snow Queen’ wrapping itself around a palm frond (Tracycarpus fortunei).
I examined this plant closer a couple of weeks ago, and realized that it seems to root from nodes along its stems that touch the ground. Maybe it also extends underground… Couldn’t quite tell… Either way, I hacked it back pretty severely, but saved the spots where it had rooted – hoping I can dig up and give away some starts eventually. This plant can apparently be a beast in our climate (Zone 8b), but it is oh so pretty! I’m kind of glad this sudden cold kicked it into temporary submission – if only a little.