Susan Marie Molloy

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Spanish Moss as Southern Gothic Imagery


Are you familiar with mature Spanish moss that hangs from live oaks? Usually that is how you see Spanish moss: Thick and hanging like dry, brown beards from sturdy live oaks in the Deep South of the United States. Think of the imagery of Southern Gothic.

In fact, this plant is an epiphyte, which means it absorbs moisture and nutrients from the air and from rain, through its leaves. It is found across the world.

While taking a walk this winter, I spied some new, young Spanish moss, evidently at its early stages, looking like little balls on a bare crepe myrtle:

This week, I’m on a personal retreat to concentrate on a little bit of my writing and Holy Week. I’ve scheduled some photographs I took that I think you will finding interesting and maybe spark some discussion.

I will be checking back here every evening, so I’m not totally off the grid. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy my blogs this week, and that you have a fabulous week, too!

©Susan Marie Molloy and all works within.


Author: Susan Marie Molloy

Hi, and welcome to my blog. I am a published writer, poet, photographer, freelance editor, artist, and career analyst. Growing up in a bilingual family helped me foster my love of languages. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and Master of Arts in History. My short stories, poetry, and photographs have been published in the Emerald Coast Review (18th and 19th editions), newspapers, and in many other publications. I enjoy Pre-Code films, photography, music, travelling, history, reading, and living each day to the fullest in The Oasis. My publications include Engaged (an anthology of my poems), The Crowd of Turin, God of the Sea: A Short Book of Poetry by the Seashore, Grapes Suzette and Other Poetic Epicurean Delights, Gallery Night, Indigo Fantasy, The Green Gloves, Puppy Love, Supreme Theater, and others. I am currently working on an anthology of my short stories, including a roman à clef tale, and am in collaboration with another artist in writing a novel. My books are available through Amazon. Check them out. Buy them. Read them. Send me your thoughts. I look forward to hearing from you.

2 thoughts on “Spanish Moss as Southern Gothic Imagery

  1. As we know, the early settlers used to stuff Spanish Moss into their mattresses……….

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