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Deep South: Spanish Moss

Inspired by David at Emerging in Ludlow and his photos of Ludlow, I'm being a bit more intentional about noticing and recording images in the Deep South, a part of the U.S. I've found very unique--and quite frankly, with which I've fallen in love. Spanish moss like this hangs from trees almost everywhere. I captured this on a walk with my husband and son this afternoon.


David said…
Amazing photos. Is this stuff realy a moss?
Carmen Andres said…
heh, i wasn't actually sure, so i looked it up on wikipedia which says it really isn't a moss but a plant that grows hanging on trees. it's got an interesting myth associated it (being a lit major in college/grad school, i find this interesting):

"Charleston, South Carolina, has told the story of a Cuban who came to the area with his Spanish fiancée in the 1700s to start a plantation near the city. Among other features mentioned for the bride-to-be was her beautiful, flowing raven hair. As the couple was walking through the forest to reach the location of their future plantation, they were attacked and killed by an army of the Cherokee tribe, who were not happy to have these strangers on their land. As a final warning to stay away from the Cherokee nation, they cut off the long, dark hair of the bride-to-be and threw it up into an oak tree. As they came back day after day, week after week, they noticed that the hair had shriveled and turned grey and had also spread throughout the tree. Wherever the Cherokees went, the moss followed them and would eventually chase them out of their homeland of South Carolina. To this day, if one will stand under a live oak tree, one will hear the moaning of the woman and will see the moss jump from tree to tree."

blessings (and thanks for stopping by)!
MarillaAnne said…
I like your decision to be purposeful in you photography. It will pay off in the short and long run by creating a meaningful collection of memories.

enjoyed visiting your blog.

have fun,
LutheranChik said…
Delurking -- what wonderful photographs. I'm enjoying them up here in the Snow Belt (where, interestingly, it's been unseasonably warm for the past week).
David said…
Wow, great story. Scary moss.