Wordless Wednesday: 3/26/14 (Sunny Reflections)

I ran across this shot (taken during my first summer here) while searching my pics for yesterday’s Reflections post.  It seemed well suited for Wordless Wednesday, so here it is!

Backyard Queen Palm after a summer storm

NOTE: Look at the bottom left corner of this photo: the vacant lot next door wasn’t yet empty ➡ that happened in 2011 and you can read about it here.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

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.

Riverside Park is Vero Beach’s premiere location for festivals, picnics, and dolphin watching.  Walking under the stately live oaks it’s impossible NOT to reflect on nature’s beauty:

Live Oaks, Riverside Park, 2/2/14

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.

Under the oaks at Riverside Park, 2/2/14

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:

Spanish Moss, Riverside Park, 2/2/14

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:

Legend of the Spanish Moss

For more information about this interesting epiphyte, check out The Beaufort County Library (South Carolina) Spanish Moss Website.

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Neoregelia spp

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

After yesterday’s downpour, my plants were adorned with lingering raindrops. I liked how this Passiflora belotti leaf caught the reflection of barely emerging sunlight:

Passiflora Belotti foliage

The overflowing “tank” of my Neoregelia Spectabilis  mirrored the Bauhinia tree above it: note the reflection of branches on the tank’s righthand side:

Neoregelia Spectabilis, 12/06/12

Reflection is not just physics and lightwaves; it describes behavioural elements, too ➡ hover your mouse over the picture to see what I mean! HA!

Passiflora belotti flower bud, 12/07/12

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