Wednesday, March 5, 2008

~Heard It Through the Grapevine...

~ Wild Grapevines~
~ Ancient Egyptians used grapevines in
art symbolizing the heart, blood, & life.

The ancient Celtic culture used the grapevine
in ceremonial rituals to symbolize harvest,
Thanks for positive happenings, and rebirth
and transformation.

~ Grapevines are found in art, on pottery,
gravestones, and furniture, and used for
Weddings, Funerals, and distinctive medals
in the armed forces,as well as religious
ceromonies and rituals.

~Grapevines are known to be as ancient as the
Neolithic period from archeoligiacal and
anthropological studies. Varying species
can be found around the world.

~ The grapevine has even touched the armed
forces ~A WWII Distinctive Unit medal bears
two grapevine sprigs representing
strength and support.
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Tom said...

Fantastic post,
I will find the time tomorrow to read up on the folklore of grape-vines.. your pictures show this off so well. You have managed to show beauty amongst the chaos of the vines and sticks. Really enjoyed this post.

kari and kijsa said...

Those photos are INCREDIBLE...thank you for sharing such a great post!

smiles, kari & kijsa

kari and kijsa said...

Those photos are INCREDIBLE...thank you for sharing such a great post!

smiles, kari & kijsa

Cape Cod Washashore said...

I've always admired the curly-ques of grapevines! Your photos are fabulous!

Coy Hill said...

It never ceases to amaze me how a grapvine will tie itself to any support it encounters to continue it upward climb to the sun. Nice shots!

Kerri Farley said...

Great shot! I Love all of the twists and turns of the vine! And thanks for educating me about them! Wow!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos! I love the way you have presented them. What a great style you have.

Thanks for stopping by my blog,
Sandy from gardenpath

imac said...

Such an interesting Post this, great photos and great words, you have captured these vines well.

Anonymous said...

These are great shots.

joey said...

You are back in great form, Cat ;) These shots are awesome!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Love the photos! Grapevines have always been a favorite of mine. Love walking through vineyards.

Mollie Page said...

I love the poloroid format! And I really lie the grape vines! You really have an eye for nature! Thanks for the nice comments on my blog too! Divorce is never fun, but I have to say...I never knew this kind of happiness existed! I truly found my soulmate! Hope you have that kind of happiness as well. thanks again.

TYRA Hallsénius Lindhe said...

Love it! wonderful post, that's pure ART girl!

Katarina said...

I'm so glad you found my blog and left a comment there - it made me find yours! I've been sitting here, enjoying myself, reading lovely poetry accompanied by great photos! Thanks for sharing - I'll be back soon.
/Katarina at Roses and stuff

NeereAnDear said...

Fabulous photos Cat!!

I love the spiral effect you got with the grapevines...

Nice job



FO - 2 said...

LOVELY!!! :)))
Wishing you a happy weekend! :)

Chica, Cienna, and Cali said...

beautiful pics!

the post reminded me of the origin of word "grapevine" for gossip and rumor.
The term comes from the expression, "grapevine telegraph", and was supposedly invented in US during the early 1850's, after the invention of telegraph in 1840's. Samuel Morse's first line was opened between Washington and Baltimore on 24th May 1844 and was an immediate success. The straight copper wires of electric telegraph were supposed to carry truthful information. The term "grapevine telegraph" came into being to accentuate the idea of distorted information that travels by word of mouth and drew its inspiration from the twisted stems of the grapevine (but like real telegraph is capable of transmitting vital messages quickly over long distances).