Not what it seems…

Spanish moss adds mood o the scene. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

It is a prolific plant in Florida. Visitors are told that Spanish Moss (Tillandsia usneoides) is an invasive, choking pest, harming trees and other plants that it inhabits. Its dense clusters do seem to cover its hosts. The strange truth is that it is a member of the pineapple family; with tiny flowers that I have yet to see because to see them requires a microscope. I have tried zooming in on the photographs I’ve taken but have yet to find any flower; so perhaps my timing was off, and I did not capture them during their bloom time.

Truth is that Spanish Moss, aka Grandpa’s Beard, is an air plant getting its food and water from the atmosphere. Its host plants provide only a resting place though it has been known to be so dense that the host plant does not enough sunlight and therefore suffers. Folklore is that the plant, “The Meanest Man That Ever Lived”, was from an old man’s hair that grew very, very long and caught on the trees. Things are often not what they seem. But the stories are fun.

Grandpa’s Beard?! Coyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Beautiful and eerie. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Close-up Spanish Moss. Copyright 2018, Pamela Breitberg

Tree enveloped by Spanish Moss. Copyright 2018, Pamela Breitberg

Freedom to bind…

This is a member of the lovely vining Morning Glory family, opening its blossoms as the morning light highlights its beauty. However, this species is one of those non-native, Eurasian varieties that is a dreaded invasive visitor in American gardens. Known as Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) I enjoyed taking its portrait during a morning bike ride along a Lake Michigan pathway in Lincoln Park, far from any cultivated gardens. They appeared a fair distance from a prairie restoration area and were isolated from the golf course by a stone wall making their appearance more tolerable to the native purist. This Bind Weed did emulate its name wrapping around other vegetation proliferating this informal, unplanned area of horticulture.

Portrait of an invader (pretty but unfriendly). Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Catching the sunlight. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Busy morning on the Bind Weed Morning Glory. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

 

Portrait of a friend or foe…

What does this spring beauty stir in your mind? Regards, new life, unrequited love, or egoism? There seem to be as many meanings associated with Daffodils are there are peoples who have enjoyed its beauty. And I know this lovely brings negative thoughts for those that suffer allergic ills when too close.

Late afternoon sun lit the daffodil in these portraits. Digital images have the ability to capture details and texture under high contrast light that film was never able to render.

For more confusion on what the name “Daffodil” means:  http://thedaffodilsociety.com/wordpress/miscellany/daffodilsthe-language-of-flowers/

Sunlit portrait of Daffodil, copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Sunlit portrait of Daffodil, copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Portrait 2, copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Portrait 2, copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Straight forward portrait of Daffodil, copyright 2015, Pamela Breitberg

Straight forward portrait of Daffodil, copyright 2015, Pamela Breitberg