Spanish Moss

I’m working on a couple of photography projects and have stumbled across quite a few photos which have been tucked away in the depths of my computer for a very long time.  Photos, I clearly had a purpose for taking (whether it was because they simply caught my eye, or I had a special place or need).

A few of my favorites are of the tall Live Oaks of St. Simons Island with the Spanish Moss draping from the tree limbs.  You can almost feel the warmth from the slivers of light beaming through the tree tops beating down on the ground below.

IMG_0803 030715 Spanish Moss of St Simons Island copyright

This photo is of a park just off Mallory Street, a few short blocks from the pier and the lighthouse.

Spanish Moss thrives in humidity, and can be found in the Southern U.S. and in extreme southern parts of Virginia (source: Wikipedia – Spanish Moss ).  But, did you know Spanish Moss isn’t really a moss, but a member of the Bromeliad family?  Yep, it’s actually a flowering plant which reproduces in one of two (2) ways: through “pups” just like other Bromeliads or seeds carried by the wind.

While researching its history I found a great article written by Celeste Booth: The Story Behind Spanish Moss.  Her article covers everything you would ever want to know about this unique plant, even mentioning an interesting folk lore about how it’s name came from a Spanish explorer Gorez Goz.  It must be a fairly popular folk lore because I ran across it on a few other sites (Florida Memory).

The Legend of Spanish Moss

Credit: State Archives of Florida

Because St. Simons is covered with Live Oaks, Spanish Moss is everywhere perfectly framing and enhancing each scene as it gently sways with the breeze.

There is something so magical and romantic about Spanish Moss……don’t you agree?