Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Following the seasons still

My friends' blogs put my 50 X 100-foot plot to shame, but force me to look hard at what is there.  Keeping a blog is like that: it has made me re-read books, read new books, and re-watch old films.  When it had rained, and one friend's blog gave me a lesson in mosses, I had to go and look harder at my muddy plot.  And I remembered that another was familiar with Kew Gardens.  Actually, almost everyone I know is a better amateur botanist than I am.  Also, they tend to take better outdoor pictures.  So I took the trouble to unscrew the Nikon D80 DSLR with its Macro lens and take it outdoors.  That lens hasn't much depth of field, but it's good otherwise.  The images added today to the Louisiana Seasons album are a dozen of them, and I'll inquire now about the mosses at the head and about a semi-tropical (I think) tree at the bottom.  The moss is what I'd call Just Plain Moss, but you may know its name.  All winter the trees, which were wind-borne accidents that arrived a few months before Hurricane Andrew (which blew them over, causing the kinks at the bottom), are naked but in the Spring they grow very fast, needing to reach sunlight, evidently, above the great oak tree.  For obvious reasons I think of them as "stovepipe trees", but I can't Google that!  Someone said that they cost money, if you buy them, but, had I bought mine, I'd know what they are.  In a few weeks they'll have leaves a foot or more in diameter.