Photograph #60 Not Becoming Grapes

July 29th, 2010


Becoming Grapes

We've never made wine

This vine is nearly 50 years old

And we’ve cared for it for half of that time, but we have never gotten a good crop of grapes from it. The reason, as Beth gently tells me, below, is that it is a Virgina Creeper and not a grapevine, at all. Wyoming is just too dry in the late summer, even when we water. The birds, however, think it is just keen. 50mm f4 1/125s

Rating 3.00 out of 5

3 Comments

  1. Beth Says:

    Hi Walter. I love the photo but am hoping that you are making a point that I can’t quite catch. If I do understand you then please consider these two web pages, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parthenocissus_quinquefolia , and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitis_vinifera . From your photo I do not think that lack of rain is the problem. Please be very careful what you try to make wine out off.

  2. Walt Says:

    Well, see, I’m a way better photographer than horticulturalist. For 25 years, I’ve been thinking it’s a grape vine. The fruit is slightly on the bitter side, and is smallish but very grapelike. Never has been enough of it to harvest. And now I know why.

    This is really Virginia Creeper!

    Okay. Thanks Beth!

  3. Amy Says:

    I really like the purple and the green in this photo. Even without the grapes, it’s a gorgeous vine!

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