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Fall Shadows

Spanish moss drapes from the limbs of both bald cypress and water tupelo. The French called in “Spanish beard” while the Spanish called it “French hair.” It’s neither Spanish nor a moss but an epiphyte, a flowering plant that grows in trees and never touches the ground, drawing moisture from the air. It’s not parasitic but it can become so heavy with rain that its weight breaks tree limbs.

The plant prefers humid climates and has become emblematic of the Southern states, especially swamps.

When the wind blows across Merchants Millpond, Spanish moss waves like an Irish pennant and cast shadows across the red and green mats of floating duckweed and water fern.


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Fall Shadows


Spanish moss and fall foliage hang suspended above the shadowed surface of Merchants Millpond covered with spadderdock and seemingly solid as dry land.

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