Camera In Hand On A Short Hike

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First thing I noticed that grabbed my attention was how loaded down this catalpa tree is with pods.

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Next, I paused in the stream bed of the spring that fills the pond and admired this particularly large grape vine. I wonder just how old it is. I wonder how long they can live. I wonder how much bigger a wild grapevine can get. Wondering, I wander off.

I walked up into the blackberry field, staying on the path I try to maintain periodically.

Passion Flower

For some reason, there are passion flower vines climbing all over the place this year. The vines have tendrils for gripping and can grow 25 feet long. The fruit (sometimes called wild apricot) will soon be ripe. I have heard that the juice is good squeezed in lemonade. Some people eat the fruit and make jelly from it.