Thursday, May 24, 2007

Sun catcher

Sunset at the lagoon in Audubon Park.

The Spanish Moss catches the last rays of the day. These rootless plants hang from the Live Oak trees -- because they are rootless and depend on the air and rainfall for nutrients, they are a good indicator of the air quality.

In the old days, Spanish Moss seemed to be dying out in the city and you had to look for it in swamps and other remote places. But it seems to be back. It propagates by fragments being blown from tree to tree. I am sure that Hurricane Katrina did a good bit of that propagation. Where is this? Open this file in Google Earth.

-- steve buser


Anonymous said...

I always think these plants are special and amazing. Think of what they have to do to survive. Amazing and the photo is good too.

Today is the third episode in One Day in the Life of a Robin. It is about the toilet issues -- the poop sack. Tomorrow will be the end of the series with an unforgettable set of pictures. Hope you can see them.

Abraham Lincoln
Brookville Daily Photo

magiceye said...


Moi said...

I love to see Spanish Moss swaying in the breeze .....We have ample of them around here and they never fail to delight moi..they look a little creepy on bare trees though!!!

Digital Art Photography for Dummies said...

Love the light~

Pat said...

Hi Steve. Thanks for visiting my blog the other day.

This photo of Spanish Moss is incredible.

I hope to be back often to see your photos of your area.

My PAD and
Guelph Daily Photo

Z said...

Another DPer had a photo of spanish moss within the last couple of weeks. Now I can't remember which blog it was -- maybe we need a global search for the DP community!

Fascinating plant, and the backlighting makes it more mysterious.

lv2scpbk said...

Wonderful capture with the lighting.