Spanish Moss – Hilton Head, South Carolina
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Spanish moss is a common sight in South Carolina that is very much a part of the romantic ideal of the “Old South.” As an epihpyte, it grows on trees and absorbs nutrients from the air and rainfall. It does not harm the trees on which it grows, although it can block light if it overwhelms its host. Eve Brewer took this closeup of Spanish moss on Hilton Head Island in January 2007.
She writes: “This was taken at the Sea Pines Forest Preserve on Hilton Head Island. It is a wonderful place to visit. I didn’t expect to see the red leaves against the Spanish moss in January. To me this combines the color of the upstate with the Spanish moss of the Lowcountry.”