Like the linked image above, this is another example of the (I hope, subtle) use of tone mapping in order to bring the image close to what our eyes may see (and brains interpret) compared to the camera which cannot handle this range of light in a single exposure.
The woody vine in the photograph is a male plant of the fuzzy kiwifruit, or Actinidia deliciosa. It ascends along a trunk of our locally native western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla). A female plant is nearby, and through the autumn and early winter, that plant becomes laden with fruits very much like one might find in the store. However, most of the fruits are produced at heights above 6m (20ft), and are impractical to harvest. Squirrels make attempts, though most often they just end up taking a few nibbles and then cleave the fruit from the tree. The fruit then rots on the ground below.
Back to the male: this particular plant has had a rough winter. Where it previously ascended about 15-18m (50-60 ft.), it has collapsed down to about that 6m mark. The hemlock trunk above has been denuded of branches with the descension of the tangled mass of the vine, while the pathway below has been inundated with dripping sap from injuries to the plant where the upward flow of sap has been broken.
This kiwiplant is part of one of the feature collections in our David C. Lam Asian Garden: woody climbers (lianas). In addition to Actinidia spp., other Garden plantings include Rosa spp., Lardizabalaceae, Clematis spp., and Vitis spp. One group that is now absent is Hedera spp. (the ivies), as one species is locally invasive. Any former Hedera plantings were removed about a decade ago, as a precaution against introducing another troublesome nonnative to local plant communities. The remaining woody vines are also monitored, however, as part of an aggressive vine management policy within the Garden. If (when) a liana becomes either too burdensome for the tree it is ascending or (much more rarely) seedlings are noticed, the vine is cut back to ground level and forced to regrow from the base. Today’s Actinidia deliciosa reveals that this is also occasionally more or less induced by the plant itself.