Night Heron Gathering Spanish Moss - Click To Enlarge

Night Heron Gathering Spanish Moss

Spanish Moss is an icon of the southern US. Not a moss at all, it is a plant that receives nutrients through the air. It is soft and almost weightless. And has many uses in the wild.

Night Heron Gathering Spanish Moss - Click To Enlarge
Night Heron Gathering Spanish Moss – Click To Enlarge

A nest being one of the most important. Here a Black-crowned Night Heron is searching a Juniper tree for the right amount.

Night Heron Gathering Spanish Moss - Click To Enlarge
Night Heron Gathering Spanish Moss – Click To Enlarge
Night Heron Gathering Spanish Moss - Click To Enlarge
Night Heron Gathering Spanish Moss – Click To Enlarge

A story is told that Spanish Moss caused the first automobile recall. The Moss is so plentiful that Model T Fords used bushels of it to stuff their seats.

Spanish Moss grows in swamps and woods, which also are home to many insects. Well, stuffing seats was a really bad idea. So the first recall was to replace the seats.

Probably a myth, but it makes a great story.

2 thoughts on “Night Heron Gathering Spanish Moss”

  1. I love the look of Spanish moss. It’s really adds to that haunting beauty of the south. Also, loving the pics of night herons. They’re so cute.
    Interesting story about that recall too!

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