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Medusa Glamps

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Sans flags or signage, a Medusa’s head air plant sprouts from a cherubic candle holder on Lake Tugaloo’s orange shore. Bienvenidos glampers.

 

Written by Cameron Brooks

April 21, 2016 at 5:36 pm

Tillandsia Via Chattanooga

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An algorithmic walk (and respite from I75 traffic) leads to a man in a tie-dyed shirt selling air plants alongside a young bearded glassblower at the Chattanooga River Market. It’s curious how much the misplaced tropical plants above resemble the tendrils of captive animals living a few hundred yards away inside Tennessee Aquarium tanks.

Written by Cameron Brooks

June 3, 2015 at 10:09 pm

Displaced Pairing

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The small dendritic heap’s former home was a sandy path winding through pirate, French Huguenot, and Confederate soldier graves in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

In our classroom, kids can’t resist the urge to touch and squeeze succulent leaves.  Now and then I’ll get a worried glance from a curious student who accidentally bumped leaf from stem, but the experience becomes favorably memorable when they discover a displaced life slowly taking root from a harmless accident.

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Written by Cameron Brooks

June 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Moss Terrariums

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This first go at moss terrariums follows a tutorial by a Brooklyn based terrarium store.  Inspired, I hiked along a stretch of railroad that runs through Whitehall Forest, harvesting verdant rugs, small chunks of pink and greyscale granite,  and parched epiphytic aliens.

The simple tutorial fails to include instructions and tips for anyone interested in creating lasting enclosed microenvironments.  After a week, the apothecary terrarium above is growing a white, moldy beard from the sphagnum layer.  While troubleshooting, I discovered some comprehensive websites dedicated to the natural art beyond home decor trends.  These are the best so far:

The Fern and Mossery

The Terrarium Man

The next batch will include a layer of activated charcoal to absorb any toxins, cleanse the water as it travels up and down, and (hopefully) stem mold growth.

Written by Cameron Brooks

February 4, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Orbweavers, Oranges, Epiphytes, and Espada

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The colorful spinybacked orbweaver only lives a few months.  The photogenic Lake County resident above found a sunny spot in an orange grove.

The Florida Citrus Growers Association Responds to a Proposed Law Requiring Handwashing Facilities in the Fields

by Martin Espada

An orange,

squeezed on the hands,

is an adequate substitute

for soap and water.

Air Plants, Epiphytes

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Epiphytic plants obtain water and nutrients from the air.  They use other plants or structures, such as fences, for support.

Oconee National Forest

Oak Grove Cemetery, St Marys, Georgia

White Trail, State Botanical Gardens of Georgia

Spanish Moss, Tillandsia usneoides

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Written by Cameron Brooks

April 27, 2010 at 9:36 pm