Kudzu

November 19th, 2006

D20 7056 Kudzu
If you have not lived or at least visited the south, you may not know about kudzu. Everyone should know about it. Introduced in the 1930s as a great way to control erosion, it has taken over the south and in some ways defines the boundaries of the old south even more clearly than the Mason/Dixon Line.

Kudzu will take over any area where it isn’t controlled. It will kill everything else growing in the area, including wonderful old trees. In the summer and throughout the year in areas where it doesn’t freeze it can completely cover large areas creating an eerie scene as it covers everything. In summer it is nearly impenetrable. If left uncontrolled it will tear down a house. When there is a frost it turns brown and some of what is underneath is revealed.

It’s winter in North Carolina. This is Shelly from today’s shoot in her kudzu-covered side yard. You never know what is going to be uncovered when the kudzu turns brown.

Shelly did a great job of modeling today. It was cold. She didn’t seem to care. She even waded into a lake for several shots. Thanks, Shelly.

The model I had planned to shoot tomorrow has had to cancel, so I’m going to shoot Shelly again. It is supposed to be colder and raining tomorrow, so it will be more of a challenge and should yield some different-looking photos. Stand by for samples.

Tomorrow is the next to last day of my trip. On Tuesday I’ll drive home for Thanksgiving with my family. I expect blog posts will continue…there is a lot more from the trip to post.

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