Friday, January 14, 2011
Manatees and Moss
I love my new home. I love the change of scenery. I love the Spanish Moss.
Please don't get me wrong, I love California, from the rugged mountains to the beautiful Pacific. I miss seeing mountains! But I cannot get enough of this South terrain, especially the hanging moss.
Today the Captain and I drove out to Blue Springs State Park. The main attraction are the manatees that make their way up the spring in the winter to reside in warmer waters. Seeing the manatees were very cool. We even got a glimpse of an alligator and a Kingfisher! But the true spectacle for me were all the trees and vegetation. There was a palm tree that was growing right out the side of a bank and it's enormous trunk bent 90 degrees up to the sky. The entire spring was shaded with humongous trees that were heavy laden with moss.
We walked the entire strip of the spring, stopping at every perch to see manatee activity but what took my breath away every time were the trees. Today's picture was taken at the end of the strip where the walkway opened up to a giant picnic area. The Captain spotted the tree first, he shouted out to me as I was walking away from it so I turned around and walked back so I could get an up close shot. It looks to me something haunted, a man maybe with his arms lifted and clothes tattered. I think about how long that tree has stood and how long it has endured the weight of the moss. It's simply beautiful. I am in awe of my Creator, no man could make something so breathtaking.