Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Mustang Grapes

For a couple of years I have been fascinated by these huge vines that grow all around the Texas Hill country.  They looked somewhat like the wild grapes at home, but gosh, way too big.  Yesterday I stopped by the Entrance Station at McKinney to ask, and sure enough, they are grapes!

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A quick internet search came up the a story from someone’s grandmother that they are called ‘mustang’ grapes because they are so hard to tame.

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Their trunks can grow to 8 – 10 inches in diameter. With the help of an oak tree they reach 30 – 40 feet in height.

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When the leaves are off both the grapes and the helper trees, it’s easy to see interesting shapes against the sky.

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I love the lines they create;  great subjects to sketch too.

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