Day 243

Exif Data: Nikon D5000 ; Lens:  Nikkor AF-S DX 18-55; 18 mm, ISO 250; f/5,6 ; 1/125 s.

The trees have bloomed again and I found one that really called my attention, not just because of its beautiful flowers but because of the things hanging from it.

These things are known as “Spanish moss”, they aren’t actually moss and they don’t grow in Spain; they are flowering plants that grows upon larger trees.

The spanish moss is currently used for floral arrangements and decoration for handicrafts; but there was a time where it was used as an ingredient in the clay that was used to plaster the inside of houses, and it was also used as the filling for voodoo dolls.

Several bird species  build their nests inside clumps of living Spanish moss, while  some others gather the moss for nesting material.

I had seen the spanish moss several times in my life in different trees, but I had no idea what is was called and what was it used for until today.

The tree is know as Guayacan, for more information about it go to day 138.

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Regards.

 

Hola!

Los árboles están florecidos otra vez y encontre uno que realmente me llamó la atención, no sólo por sus flores sino por las cosas que colgaban de él.

Éstas cosas se conocen como “Musgo español”, en verdad no es musgo y no crece en España, es una planta que crece en los árboles grandes.

El musgo español se usa actualmente para los adornos de flores y como decoración en las artesanias, pero hubo una época en la que fue usado como material de construcción, se mezclaba con la arcilla y el barro para revocar las paredes interiores de las casas; también se usó como relleno para los muñecos de voodoo.

Muchas aves contruyen sus nidos dentro de estas matas, y otras cortan partes de ésta para llevarlas a otro árbol y construir su nido.

Muchas veces había visto el musgo español, pero no sabía ni cómo se llamaba ni para qué se utilizaba hasta hoy.

El árbol es conocido como Guayacán, para más información sobre él y otra foto, click en day 138.

Críticas, comentarios y/o sugerencias son bienvenidas.

Saludos!

Pablo.

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11 thoughts on “Day 243

  1. Either the wind was blowing savagely from the right or you took the image at an angle that Jackscrap likes so much. Makes me want to tilt my head like a small puppy.

  2. HI Pablo, this is a really neat shot from an interesting angle. I first saw Spanish moss in the American South, where my mom was taking us to all the old civil War battlefields and ante-bellum plantations. Gordon Lightfoot sings a sad, ironic song called “Spanish Moss.” Great photo, Pablo.

  3. Que ganas locas que nos dan de fotografiar un guayacán cierto?? te quedó maravilloso felicitaciones Pablo !!!!

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