in my garden | traveller’s joy


Traveller’s Joy or Old Man’s Beard is a member of the Clematis genus and scrambles over hedgerows and plants and in fact anything in its vicinity. As it matures the stems become woody. It is covered in small white flowers throughout summer and can be seen in woodlands and the countryside. In autumn and winter the seeds have long, silky hairs, which form the grey tufted balls that are most noticable. Whilst fairly common in the south of England it is less so as you go north and in places like New Zealand it is very much viewed as a pest.

Inspired by Tish Farrell’s Clock Watching

Black and White Sunday


  1. beetleypete says:

    Nice image, Jude. It has an abstract quality too.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you Pete. It looks much nicer processed like this than in the original.

  2. Tish Farrell says:

    Oh now this is simply fabulous, Jude. And thanks so much for giving me the ‘credit’ inspiration-wise. V. kind 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      I took the photo last week, but lacked the inspiration as to how to present it – seeing your dandelion clock gave me the idea of using this effect, so I thank YOU 🙂

      1. Tish Farrell says:

        I love the way we give each other ideas; new perspectives; all grist to spurring us on.

        1. Heyjude says:

          Indeed. Makes life much more interesting!

  3. Paula says:

    I’ve enjoyed zooming on this one. The most unusual name for the plant. Very nice, Jude. Thank you for linking.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks for hosting the challenge Paula 🙂

  4. restlessjo says:

    I knew you wouldn’t be able to resist this challenge 🙂 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      You know me all too well 😉

      1. restlessjo says:

        Ha! I’d like to know you better 🙂 Happy Wednesday!

        1. Heyjude says:

          Daughter’s 40th today – I feel so old!!

        2. restlessjo says:

          Hmm! I have one who’s 45. Don’t let’s go there. Is there life after sciatica? 🙂 🙂

        3. Heyjude says:

          Who’s got sciatica? I have problems sometimes with my sciatic nerve. If I twist awkwardly I am in agony! Can hardly move. Need very strong pain killers and my son who also suffers from it has had to be taken to hospital for a cortisone injection! Usually OK after a few days of not being able to walk or bend, and bloody painful.

        4. restlessjo says:

          Not sure because I’m very shy of GPs but I just spent the most agonising night. No fun at all 😦

  5. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I’m very fond of wild clematis and always happy when I notice them in flower, less visible than the lovely seed heads. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      I have never noticed the flowers when driving though seen the seeds a lot. I have one rambling over the fence at the back of my garden, totally out of control but for now it can stay. There were masses of flowers in the summer.

  6. As inviting to the camera as a dandelion. Great detail and definition. I took one the other day – and played around with it in b&w.

    1. Heyjude says:

      and are we going to see the results?

      1. Maybe in the next miscellanea.

  7. Chillbrook says:

    Smashing picture Jude!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Cheers Chillb

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