This week’s photo challenge calls for images of reflections. Like the example shown here, my shots illustrate the topic in both literal and figurative ways.
Growing as they do from Virginia to southern Florida and westward to the Texas Gulf, live oaks are an ecological and cultural icon of the American Coastal South. Four blocks from the Atlantic in Riverside Park, they are richly shrouded in epiphytic Spanish moss.
Spanish moss (aka Tillandsia usneoides) survives on regular rainfall and high humidity, growing from trees as silvery-gray threadlike masses to 25 ft. long, densely covered by the gray scales which are a means of receiving and holding atmospheric moisture. When water laden, the gray scales glow brilliant white from the sun’s reflection:
The symbiosis of live oaks and Spanish moss inspired many a Southern Indian legend, some sweetly romantic and others….well….not so much! As a final reflection , I’ve included this one from the Florida Memory Project Archives:
For more information about this interesting epiphyte, check out The Beaufort County Library (South Carolina) Spanish Moss Website.
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