Monday, January 26, 2009

Monochrome Monday #17: I Column Like I See 'em


"Grape Arbor?"
Raleigh, NC - October 2008 (Click to embiggen)


Downtown Raleigh seems like a strange place to put a grape arbor, and to be completely honest I'm botanically challenged enough that I couldn't say for sure that grapes are what's growing here. But the leaves look like grape leaves, and the vines are certainly prolific enough.

Whatever's growing there, I pass it every morning on the way from my parking space to my office. And I doubt that it's tended by a vintner in any case. Mainly it just provides shade for the benches that are tucked underneath.

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22 comments:

michael bird said...

Cool - looks like a good place to keep out of the sun. Your wondering makes me wonder too - don't ever recall seeing or reading about grape arbors being used as walkways. Probably have been though.

Aileni said...

Whatever, I am sure it encourages a cool, tranquil mood. Just the thing before work.

judi said...

pergola is more likely, almost the same as an arbor, more like a covered walkway with seating. Ususally covered with wisteria. Beautifully inviting either way.

Carver said...

I'll have to check it out next time I'm downtown. Whatever it is, it's a great shot.

Robin said...

I love grape arbors, they always feel so peaceful.

Dina ... UK said...

I love grapes, the arbor looks great...

Catherine said...

These leaves are at the good place whatever plants they come from.
A good place to let one's mind wander. About the name of that plant or anything else.

starnitesky said...

You will have to keep checking to see if any grapes grow.

Marie Reed said...

What pretty columns! We have grapevines growing all over the house! I love to reap the fruity benefits!

Babooshka said...

I like the way nature reclaims the land back, usually grapevines twisting and weaving around structures. Eerie image,

~Just Me Miranda~ said...

A very interesting shot.

magiceye said...

love this
specially the play of light and shade

Tricia said...

I think it classes up a downtown area - it's beautiful!!!

Shadow said...

lovely shot too! grape arbors remind me of my childhood. we had one in namibia, in a hot acrid desert-like environment of all places...

SandyCarlson said...

I'm thinking, "Feed me, Seymour..." Better watch it around that thing at feeding time!

vincibene said...

Beautiful! I like the light and the shade.

June said...

Like the angle of it...wouldn't it be nice if it were grapes!

lisaschaos said...

I was caught giggling at the title, knowing what was to come but laughing at your cleverness. :) Good way to start Monday. :)

Looks like a place where a lot of grapes live!

Daryl said...

A colonnade ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonnade

I doubt they are grape vines .. more likely some form of kuzu or ivy

doesnt matter, because its a good photo

splummer said...

Hi!
That's a very nice shot!! Looks very comfy if you were sitting there. Have a great day!!

Sherrie

Liz said...

That's nice. I like the reflections. looks like a nice cool spot on a hot day.

kenju said...

Mojo, sorry for the delay in getting back. There is so little of the vine showing that I am not certain of it, but my best guess is Carolina jasmine, not grape. Grape leaves are usually much larger than those I can see in your photo.