Kip’s Comments 8-2-21

Poison Ivy on White Bark - Image 701993 (© Kip Ladage)


Toxic Attraction

For reasons unknown to me, other than perhaps due to repeated exposures, I have developed a sensitivity to some plant contact. As I type this I can count numerous bruise-like discolorations on my arms and legs that were blistered a few days ago. My best guess is I have a sensitivity to conifers, but I don’t know for sure. I have also been around poison ivy and that has caused reactions in the past too. (Not too long ago I could brush against any plants/trees without reactions.) The onset of this condition occurred about the same time I developed a sensitivity to wasp/bee stings that require me to carry an Epi-pen. Who knows, maybe this is part of the aging process.       

I thought of my skin and exposure as I studied the details of a white-barked tree mostly hidden by climbing/vining poison ivy. Since white trees are my favorites, and with this one more hidden than visible, I thought the composition was interesting and pretty. In fact, this might make a good large canvas print to visually explore the details and textures – poison ivy or not.   

Knowing I dare not make contact with the poison ivy, I shot this image with a long lens. It would have been nice to approach closer, but since I do like to have healthy skin without itching, blisters, or long-lasting discolorations, it was better that I kept my distance. This image will have to do. I will remember the pretty tree wrapped in poison ivy that nearly hid its white bark.

Poison Ivy on White Bark - Image 701993 (© Kip Ladage)

Poison Ivy on White Bark – Image 701993 (© Kip Ladage)


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