Sunday, August 05, 2007

Peace is the catch of the day here

Peace is the catch of the day here

This is how my weekend was.....calm and restful, spent by the Alafia river. Hope you had a nice one too. This pic is for an old-time blog-friend, Sandy . Long back, she had expressed a desire to see Spanish moss and when I shot this, I remembered her. Spanish moss which is neither moss nor from Spain, drapes the oaks in most parts of South-west Florida.

And oh, I have to share this trivia. Spanish moss was supposedly responsible for the very first automobile recall ever (in 1927). Henry Ford felt he could save money by stuffing seats with moss instead of horsehair. But, it led to red-bug infestation which Ford had not foreseen and the cars and their itchy seats were recalled :)

39 comments:

Still said...

What a lovely light. I like a lot the serene atmosphere of your image.

lha64 said...

Looks quite quiet indeed. Lovely place.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Wow. That is a peaceful picture. I like it very much.

Abraham Lincoln
Brookville Daily Photo

ruth said...

The light is very beautiful under the dock, what a nice spot.

That is a strange and interesting story about the Ford cars recall!

Nikon said...

I really like the composition - the vertical hanging moss & the pilings - vertical & horizontal.
And it's peaceful, too :)

photowannabe said...

Really beautiful shot. The lighting is perfect and your framing with the moss makes the whole picture come together.
Thanks for the information about the moss too.

laurel said...

Hahah, that is an awsome little piece of trivia.

I love Spanish moss. It reminds me of the time I spent living in Sarasota. You know, you dont really see it down here in Miami.

Perpetual Procrastinator said...

This is a beautiful shot. It definitely seems like a wonderfully peaceful spot, and a perfect place to sit and read.

Faye Pekas said...

This is a great shot. I love the color in the water.

We have Spanish Moss here too. I think it is so beautiful.

nazzareno said...

They are to the shade of that trees and I could put my feet in that cold water...

Radha said...

Where do you find information like that?? :)
I'm not complaining though; its amusing to read ur posts :)

ToOothlEss WOndeR! said...

you should get the peaceful blogger award.
now i wasnt to sleep, and it's only monday morning!
:((

mrsnesbitt said...

Hmm yes, so soothing for a Monday!
Cold outside here...mmmmmm a little nap feels the right thing to do!

Dx

Yoda said...

Oh, so that's what its called :-)

I never knew what those droopy things on big trees are called! Lovely.

There must be plenty of great catfish in that water too!!

Steve Buser said...

Love the Spanish Moss. I wonder how they ever got the pineapple family to admit to this "root" of the family.
--steve buser
New Orleans Daily Photo

Lori said...

This shot is amazing with the moss on the top and the beautiful reflections on the bottom. I love the way you've framed it. I never knew that about moss coming from the pineapple family. How interesting!

RUTH said...

I could sit here for hours I think. Lovely reflections on the water and really interesting info about the Spanish Moss.
Rx

Carmi said...

This, like so many of your other images, deserves to be framed. The light coming up from the water makes it memorable: the strong composition and geometry make it impossible to look away.

I love your photographic vision. You make me want to go outside and get more practice.

Sandeepa said...

A beautifully framed shot and the ripples with their light and shade are like a painting. Beautiful.

sandy said...

Hello there, Moi! And thank you so much for the photo and for remembering me :-)
What amazing "stuff", member of the pineapple family that's wierd, certainly makes a great atmospheric photo; love the colours and the water. Beautiful!

Been on holiday too Moi (Greece) and trying to get back into the swing of things so hopefully will get the blogging bug again.

Good to read you again, some wonderful photos ~ as always.
Hugs
Sandy

joy said...

This is such a pretty picture. I bet if you printed your favourite photos on blank cards, your friends would be happy to receive them as Christmas prezzies!

joy
Norwich Daily Photo

Chad Oneil said...

We certainly have it here in central Florida as well.

Cool trivia.

bluemountainmama said...

this photo DOES embody peace, moi....very lovely. and i didn't know that spanish moss was an herb. interesting.....

i enjoyed the bit of trivia to go along with the photo. glad to hear your weekend was a good 'un. :)

Annie said...

Beautiful and soothing sight as long as I don't think about the red-bugs.

Chad Oneil said...

Moi,
Glad you've been enjoying my posts ;)

Thanks for the compliment on the header as well.

Like I said before, you and your husband should meet up with me at Old Town or Downtown Disney sometime.

It's not everyday that we bloggers actually get to meet one another. It would be cool.

Sarad said...

the wood is melting into the water. nearly perfect photo shot.

Ash said...

Beautiful shot. Nice trivia too!

Blue Wave 707 said...

Looks like a great spot to spend time in meditation, or watch a sunset with someone special.

Jen said...

That is a great little piece of trivia! Also love the shot Moi:)

Jen said...

That is a great little piece of trivia! Also love the shot Moi:)

JAM said...

Now that's an interesting bit of trivia, about the red bugs. Spanish moss being in the pineapple family is one of two things I remember from college botany.

The other is that the Irish potato famine in the 1800s that led so many to leave and come to America was caused by something called phytothora infestans, or "late blight."

The photo is lovely. Having grown up in Louisiana, Spanish moss was everywhere and is something I love to see here in Florida. Reminds me a bit of home.

photowannabe said...

I really like this picture Moi, I have to keep coming back and looking at it.
It just does something for me.
Sue

Cris said...

So serene... Nice trivia! Hard to believe it belongs to the pineaple family, but if you said so. :-)

Anna said...

Moi...

Hey there! :) OK, I LOVE THIS SHOT! The reflections are beautiful! So peaceful and serene. I hope that you are doing well there!

Have a good week!

annulla said...

I've heard of Spanish Moss, read about it, but have never seen it in person. Just the name alone sounds so mysterious & romantic & evocative of Southern Gothic novels. Gorgeous scene, and right now, I really wish I was there.

Kerri said...

This is the most wonderfully peaceful photo. I love, love, love it! Thanks for sharing it!!
I loved the bit of trivia. How interesting! And fancy Spanish moss belonging to the pineapple family! Who knew? Fascinating stuff!

JoAnn's-Photo-A-Day, said...

wow!
I wanna go there Nice shot Moi!

Andrea said...

Wow, so beautiful

Dennis said...

nice framing and excellent light and color... gives a sense of vacation anyway !!