08 December 2007

A tree in Georgia


This is a southern live oak. We have four or five of them in the campus quad of the place where I work. The grayish stuff hanging off it is an epiphyte commonly called "Spanish moss" - it's neither Spanish nor moss. Savannah has a lot of these trees lining its streets.

3 comments:

Janiece Murphy said...

Big, mature trees are so cool. Colorado is mostly famous for its Aspen and Evergreen, but give me a big, sprawling deciduous tree every time.

Shawn Powers said...

I traveled south this past summer for the first time, and got to see "Spanish Moss." I thought it was really awesome looking, and was commenting on it's beauty to a native. I was given, "The Look", because I guess the stuff is parasitic, and kills the trees.

I still think it looks cool.

Ironically, I hate tinsel on Christmas trees. I'm not sure if that makes me a tree hypocrite or not...

MWT said...

Yeah, too much of it isn't so good on the trees. Also, the tufts that fall on the ground tend to be infested with chiggers, so it's bad to play with it. But it does have a nice gothy look to it, and as I'm a goth, I'm all for that. :)

I think Janiece gets to win the Best Tree pic of the day. ;)