Passion Flower Photos

Tendril in the Rain
Monday, December 27, 2010
Tendril in the Rain

The excessive ran we've had in California for the last week and a half has caused no end of problems. (Yeah, I know, if you're in the north east under three feet of snow, you probably can't feel much pity.) On the plus side the rain gives many interesting options for beautiful photos.


Passion Flower
Friday, September 26, 2008
Passion Flower

I was looking back through some older photos to get the botanic name for this beauty and I noticed something interesting. The first flower from this vine on the site is a lot more purple. I can only assume that is from the shady cool conditions we try to keep in the back yard. I'm sure he was in bright sunlight in the nursery and probably got just the right nutrients to bring out those beautiful colors. But I think I like the variegated look even more! And since I regularly have to untangle this guy from all of the other plants in the back yard I think he is pretty happy with the arrangement too.


Honey Bee on the Horizon
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Honey Bee on the Horizon

We are always looking for more butterfly food. Our passion flowers are their favorites. After I was already working on framing this shot the bee buzzed in. I love it when that happens. She did not stay around long but it was a really nice addition to the photo!


Passion Tower
Monday, August 25, 2008
Passion Tower

This was right down the aisle from my bee friend from yesterday. I took more pictures at the Nursery than anywhere the rest of the trip. My wife says this one looks like a cell phone tower, and I have to agree. Only a little prettier.


Blooming Passon
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Blooming Passon

Having more fun in the back yard. This is a great vine, it has come back from the brink with a vengeance. We should have lots of butterfly habitat this fall. :-D


Passion Vine
Saturday, March 18, 2006
Passion Vine

Another view on my Passion Flower vine from a few days ago.

We did not get any more rain as promised. So no more rain photos yet, perhaps later this week! I'm sure the Basset will sniff out some beautiful subjects for me this weekend anyway.


Drops of Passion
Tuesday, March 7, 2006
Drops of Passion

Well yesterday was a really gray rainy day. It was starting to bug me. Then I took my camera into the back yard. Rain can be a wonderful thing for a photographer!

Recently, our Passion Flower vines made an incredible come back. We originally got them to attract butterflies and they were almost wiped out by their own success! The resulting caterpillars LOVED them.

This is an extreme close-up of one of the tendrils the vine sends out to climb things. It seems to have an amazing grip!


Monterey Passion Flower
Monday, February 6, 2006
Monterey Passion Flower

This is a beautiful hedge along a street in Monterey. I have taken pictures of it on more than one occasion. There are a wide variety of Passion Flowers, most of them are like something from another world! We have a quite different variety growing in our back yard.


Passion Vine
Friday, July 22, 2005
Passion Vine

This is from one of the vines in my back yard. I really like the little tendrils this vine puts out to climb on things. You would think nothing could stop it. Of course, the butterflies that we got this to attract have almost done it in. When it comes back it comes back with a vengeance but I think I am going to have to get it some friends before the next invasion of butterflies.


Passion Flower
Thursday, April 28, 2005
Passion Flower

Yet another flower photo from a walk in Monterey. I love Passion Flowers, have a couple of them in my backyard, but until last night I had no idea there were so many varieties.


Floral Fireworks
Sunday, April 10, 2005
Floral Fireworks

Another beauty in my backyard.

Last fall we noticed quite a few butterflies in our back yard. We decided to look for something that they would like to eat. I grabbed a couple of these Passion Flower (AKA Maypop & Apricot Vine) vines in the store because I have always loved them. After some research we also tried another flowering vine.

A few days after getting the vines settled in, one of our visitors returned and sat right on the Passion Flower vine. Apparently I am not the only one who likes them. Of course, they probably were not admiring the blossoms, they must taste pretty good too. (Butterflies taste and smell with their feet.)

Before long, the small vines were so covered in butterfly larvae they almost didn't make it (they must taste really good). We were able to watch them build cocoons but we did not catch any of them leaving.

Happily, spring is here and one of the vines is covered in buds and we have already seen one early beautiful blossom. The other is still recovering from it's fall job as a butterfly drive thru, (errr... fly thru?) But it looks like it will make it.