I went this weekend to Sarasota , and spent a wonderful moment in the sun watching the birds in the misty morning.. when I was filled all of a sudden by the most glorious light. I love southeast usa for its amazing feel of something is about to happen :)
I am not sure I could explain it. but I am hoping that this picture will convey somewhat .
spansih moss tickling my rented Toyota Prius:))
the “spanish beard”. or also known as spanish moss
The plants have very tiny seeds that are dispersed by wind and birds. Birds may also carry off small fragments that easily reproduce new plants.
Spanish-moss was harvested for years as a stuffing material in automobile seats, furniture, and mattresses. The moss-stuffed mattresses were said to be cooler and more comfortable due to the natural insulating properties of the plant. This was especially important in pre-air-conditioning days. Moss pickers were hired and used long poles to pull the stringy masses off the trees. The plants were then dried and cured before being used.