Saturday, January 26, 2019

Oakmoss

Jilda, her brother, and I drove to South Alabama this morning.  We went to Wetumpka which is a little east of Montgomery. A tornado stomped through there a few weeks ago. Fortunately, no one died in that storm.

Alabama terrain is different the further south you drive. We live in the toes of Appalachians. Some call them foothills, but that's a stretch. Atop of the ridges, you can see rolling hills and shaded valleys for as far as your eyes can reach. The view is stunning when the sun is at the right angle.

Driving south of Birmingham, you leave the hills behind. The terrain gets "flatish." Is that a word?
Further south as you reach Montgomery and points south, the vegetation changes.

There are still plenty of pine and oak trees, but the oak trees look a little sad. That's because there is a kind of hanging moss that drapes over the limbs like shaws.

Today, we were in a bit of a hurry, so I didn't get a chance to stop and take pictures. I remembered that about five years ago, I went down there to take pictures for a website I was developing.  There was no hurry that day. I took tons of pictures. The picture below is one I took that day.

Jilda's brother had a birthday on Monday, and the trip today was to take him somewhere he wanted to go.

As a bonus, I got to see some oakmoss.


13 comments:

  1. That is an incredibly atmospherical photo.
    Happy Birthday to Jilda's brother.

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  2. Wow! Fantastic shot...so spooky...where’s Rod Serling?

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  3. The moss hanging from the trees is captivating to see. Hope Jilda's brother enjoyed his trip.

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  4. They do look sad!

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  5. I know you guys enjoyed the trip for sure, but I gotta agree with Birgit above, that is so spooky it is cool!
    Always a treat stopping by your place.
    Sherry & jack

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  6. I have mixed feelings about this photo. It looks scary but whimsical at the same time. It would be pretty to look at from a porch but not alone in the woods.
    Lisa

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  7. I agree, a nice photo. It does looks a bit spooky and swampy. Is there a use for this oak moss?
    Hugs, Julia

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    1. I’m not sure Julia. I’ll have to ask my friend Bob who knows about these things

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  8. Hey Rick, the next time you're this close give us a holler … we'll meet you at Coach's Corner on the Coosa!

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  9. There's an ethereal quality to that moss!!

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  10. I feel the same as Lisa above: spooky while beautiful.

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