the moody beauty of Spanish moss

Fans of True Blood and Faulkner alike would easily recognize Spanish moss — those long wisps of flora that gracefully drape trees of all types, but are particularly partial to oak and cypress.

 

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Spanish moss abounds at Savannah’s famous Bonaventure Cemetery

 

Travel anywhere along the low-lying, coast-hugging southeast United States and you’ll see this quintessential element of the Southern landscape.

 

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At Rosedown Plantation, in St. Francisville, LA

 

And though neither Spanish nor moss (it’s actually a type of fern), I’m always enthralled when I encounter its magnificent moody beauty.

 

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An aerial view of Spanish moss, taken from the widow’s walk at Georgia’s Jekyll Island Club

 

To see more iconic images of Spanish moss, you can check out this great article on Evergreen Plantation (site of the film Django Unchained and one of the few intact plantations in the South) in the latest issue of Preservation magazine.

Enjoy!

Nicole

field trip — Virginia’s Eastern Shore

We’re back! And I have a ton of catching up to do. But I wanted to share some photos with you of Virginia’s lovely Eastern Shore. It’s a fantastic place — a wonderful combination of beach and farms, wildlife and history.

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Duck footprints on the beach

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Fun in the Bay

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Historic farmland

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A vintage railcar 

I also enjoyed some of the best oysters I ever had, super fresh from Chesapeake Bay and excellent served with Starr Hill Brewery’s hefeweizen “The Love” — a true taste of summer!

Cheers!

Nicole

field trip — Warrenton, VA

One thing I like about living in Virginia is how easy it is to get away from the DC-metro area and explore hither and yonder. Within a few hours you can be at the beach, or the mountains, or in a small town just brimming with history and curiosities. Warrenton, VA easily falls within this last category, offering some wonderful examples of pre-Civil War architecture …

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interesting museums and public spaces . . .

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and the most perfect pit stop …

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which you can read about here, at Broadway+Thresher.

Cheers!

Nicole