Sepia Scenes

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To me, nothing is as potentially creepy as a live oak with spanish moss on it.  The term ‘live oak’ isn’t species specific, but refers to any oak that doesn’t completely shed its leaves over the winter.  Spanish moss likes to grow on Southern live oaks, is an epiphyte, and isn’t of any harm to the host tree.  Although it’s called a moss, it is actually in the same family as the pineapple. 

Just as a funny aside, when I worked at De Soto National Memorial, we often felt we needed more ‘native representation’ in the living history camp.  We had plenty of Spaniards [ie conquistadors, I even dressed as one!], but virtually no one dressed as a Timucuan.  The reason for the women: to appropriately dress as a Timucuan, one would have to go bare chested and wear a skirt made of Spanish moss!  How in the world would you keep the chiggers out of it?!!

Not exactly sure what type of vegetation this is, but you don’t have to look hard for sweet grass, Muhlenbergia filipes.  Highway 17 out of Mt Pleasant headed towards Georgetown is dubbed ‘Sweetgrass Basket Maker Highway’ and that’s not just a title, but a reality.  The sweetgrass baskets started with slaves who worked in rice fields weaving baskets to help with the work. Today there are stands all along the road that sell sweetgrass baskets, but if you visit them, make sure to bring some serious cash!  They are handmade and time consumingly handmade at that!

Thanks for visiting!  :)

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5 thoughts on “Sepia Scenes

  1. Love the shot of the tree!
    I remember the first ones I ever really noticed on a trip South years ago – I thought them creepy then but now they seem romantic to me. :)
    Love the grassy shot as well.
    Both shots are beautiful in sepia.

  2. Both photos are beautiful.

    The moss dripping off the tree branches is cool. Looks like ghosts hovering. I also like the reflections you captured in the second one.

    Interesting info about the Timucuan costume requirements, and the basket makers.

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