Saturday, March 19, 2011

Spanish Moss

The ethereal qualities of Spanish moss found in the south is all a part of our charm.

Here, the trees appear to be wearing crystals, thanks to the afternoon sun.

But this lovely plant, though it cannot kill a tree, does bring harm. It can slow its growth by cutting off the sunlight from the leaves and branches. It makes the tree less wind resistant, a danger for storms.
And since I've been on a roll with yucky posts-I'll add that three types of bats really like this stuff. Along with certain snakes and rats. They love to hide in its cover. Gross, huh? Now how 'bout that Southern charm? No wise cracks.

But there is good. Moss has been used for mattresses, car seat padding, mulch and more.

 So what's a refined, cultured person supposed to think about moss? I say, look from a distance and take pictures, but don't let it grow on your trees, ya'll hear?

"How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered!" Psalm 32:1

What things do I have growing or hiding in me, yet is in plain view of God's eyes? How blessed to be forgiven.



Carol J. Garvin said...

Great analogy, Karen! Moss can be very persistent, too, just like my sin. Our west coast winters leave our lawns full of moss. My DH de-thatches the lawns every spring, systematically raking out the dead grass and as much of the moss as he can. It's a lot of work but he says it's the only way to ensure a healthy lawn for the summer. I see the analogy continuing. :)

Stephanie Faris said...

Beautiful! I've never seen that in person, just in movies.

Hilary said...

It's beautiful but I'm fascinated with that beautiful tree. It has such wonderful character.

Jean Wise said...

Makes you wonder what other beautiful things hid snakes and bats and other yucky stuff. mmmm.

Julie Gillies said...

What beautiful pictures, Karen. The main thing I dislike about the moss in our trees is those little red bugs that live in it and bite! Youch!
But I'd never heard of the bats. Ewww!

Deb said...

Okay, so, maybe I don't want to get real close to it...because of all the critters and stuff.

But from a distance, moss is mysterious and beautiful and definately southern.

I tend to love all things southern.

Sweet dreams.

Jeanette Levellie said...

I love the way Eugenia Price describes moss in her books about the South. I'd love to see it in person! Except the rats and snakes...

Karen said...

Carol, yes, it is persistant! Thanks for continuing the analogy! Love it. :)

Stephanie, that's hard for me to imagine. Well, you just live too far up north.

Hilary, I know wasn't that the best tree? It was at the entrance to the Writers conference I went to.

Jeanie, I know....but I've never seen them, though. Whew!

Julie, oh, I did forget to mention them. Yuk, and bugs love to bite me.

Deb, I know, I still think it's lovely.

Jeanette, oh it's everywhere here. The moss sparks all kind of imagination for a writer!

Linda Hoye said...

I love those photos of moss! Much prettier than the standard moss we get here in the Pacific Northwest!

Jennie Allen said...

Wow! We were just in Miami ans surprisingly they had some similar tangly trees that felt so creepy but also moving.

Dave said...

I imagine that it may harm the tree for the reasons you mentioned Karen.
Here we have a weed/climber called 'old man's beard' that kills trees by climbing all over them - Dave

Karen said...

Linda, we ought to compare moss pictures. :)

Jeannie, I know. It gives you emotions of all kinds.

Dave, what does that weed look like?

Angie Ledbetter said...

We love love love our bearded grandaddy oaks down here in Louisiana! hugs to you

Dave said...

I'm not too sure Karen, but I think it may be very similar to your moss - Dave