Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog).
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I spent part of my childhood in the Florida panhandle. Niceville. I know the moss. Oh hell yes, I know the moss.
When you see Spanish moss you’re watching slow-motion, plant-based, indeed vegan murder. Spanish moss can so overwhelm trees – they have a very nearly racist hatred of oaks – that by slowly cutting off the nourishing sunlight which enables photosynthesis, the tree dies. That’s right, Spanish moss blinds oak trees and throttles photosynthesis. Which is one of the most important syntheses.
Spanish moss sucks moisture and nutrients right of the air. Does that seem normal to you? But you, oh you think it’s cute, don’t you?
You are so canceled.
I really enjoy these. You have a truly superb eye for beauty in the mundane.
Know that obligations may keep you off the path. Post these when you can. I will always appreciate it.
@de stijl: I always appreciate your kind words.