Old Vines

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Old Vines at Annapolis Winery

A couple of weeks ago I headed east up Annapolis Road to see if I could find some fall color.  It was a little early in the season for much in the way of fall color, but I did manage to find something just as interesting, at least from a photographic standpoint.  As I was driving I noticed an interesting field of dead grape vines in the front of the Annapolis Winery property.  I have seen many fields of old dead vines throughout the wine country before, but they never looked quite like this where there was one central vine and it was curled over with the tip pointing into the ground.   I think what caught my attention was not any one vine in particular, but the fact that the whole field looked this way.   The symmetry was too much to pass up.

I first processed this image in color, but I like how the B&W enhances the contrast between the vines and the surrounding land.  This was certainly not the splash of fall color that I hoped for, but an interesting discovery nonetheless.  Perhaps it’s a fitting homage to these old vines which no doubt yielded many barrels of fine wine, and are now captured in their final bow to mother earth.

Equipment: Nikon D810; Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 lens; monopod.

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7 Responses to Old Vines

  1. Chris says:

    I say, no matter what their current shape may be and how much they may have produced throughout their lives, they deserve another fine 20 or 25 years! Don’t all of us older folk deserve the same!!

  2. Wade H. Van Buskirk says:

    I think you found another meaning of fall. Those vines were all falling in the same direction.

  3. Nancy Carroll says:

    Aloha………I see lines, definition, life in the healthy trees and death in the foreground. The focal point is life, of course. Dark, rich and thriving. It’s palpable……..and reachable! Can we do color next time………just for me???? You make me think too much!

    • Thanks, Nancy, and Aloha to you both!!! I’m very glad you liked this image, and I will have a nice colorful surprise for you in my next post. Life is good!!!

  4. Chris Wendt says:

    The cycle of life. Love it! Well done, especially your choice to present this in B&W..

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