I am hoping this is false bittersweet vine (Celastrus scendens) rather than the Oriental bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) which is considered a nastyinvasive. The former is more rare. I picked this from along the country roadside where they were many. Both species are easier to identify with more berries along a larger portion of the stem and certainly with the leaves which I could not see this late in the year. While the Eastern American version is not as prolific in growing, it is just as beautiful and I hope to order one and plant it at the edge of my woods this spring! Hopefully I will have some of this next winter to look at closer to my house.
I returned just a few days ago and have several interesting bird photos to share. Already missing the sound of the ocean on the beach and the feel of tropical mist on my cheek.