Dare You Enter the Haunted Woods?

Spanish Moss hangs like ghostly cobwebs on Live Oak trees where there is enough moisture to support it. The nearer a water source, the thicker the moss. Trees at the bottom of a slope have more Tillandsia usneoides than those farther up. An epiphytic plant, it requires another plant as support and gathers nutrients and water from the air.

A trail leads uphill from the Live Oaks to the entrance to the shadowy woods. A foxes’ earth lies within these woods, and many other creatures make their home here. At the top of the hill is a plum thicket to the right where deer sometimes bed, and a grove of beautyberry.

A tree, struck by lightning, guards the entrance, holding out sinewy arms and twiggy fingers to grab unsuspecting ones who venture close.

Magical mushroom, or maybe just a Russula?

Rose hips and wicked thorns

Can you see the tiny point of light inside this hollow tree?

Have a Happy Halloween.



  1. VW

     /  November 2, 2009

    Oooh, I'm a wimp about scary, dark places. I wouldn't be found there at night! But the moss is so pretty during the day.

  2. perennialgardener

     /  November 2, 2009

    I was on the edge of my seat Nell! πŸ™‚ Congrats on making the front page of Blotanical. Great post as always.

  3. evolutionofagardener

     /  November 2, 2009

    What a fabulous spooky tale! πŸ™‚

  4. Country Mouse

     /  October 31, 2009


  5. Gail

     /  October 30, 2009

    I dared and it was a treat…no tricks! I love the surprises I find when I load my photos to the computer! Bugs I missed, tiny spiders hiding in the petals…mysterious light from the dead tree! Happy Hallowe'en! gail

  6. mania

     /  October 30, 2009

    This mushroom looks like the human ear. isnt it?

  7. Ellie Mae's Cottage

     /  October 30, 2009

    Spooky!!! Happy Halloween to you too!

  8. Susan

     /  October 30, 2009

    I absolutely love your "haunted woods" post. Great idea!

  9. Darla

     /  October 30, 2009

    A little eerie!

  10. Robin L.

     /  October 30, 2009

    I am imaging being in that landscape at dusk. How creepy would that be?! Or perhaps it would be really pleasant! I love the night time…

  11. James Missier

     /  October 30, 2009

    Hi Nell,
    I have awarded you the Scrap Blog award on my blog. I would love to have you participate, because I enjoy your blog very much. It would be great to learn more about you. If you don't want to, I understand.

  12. James Missier

     /  October 29, 2009

    Happy Halloween Jean!
    Love those Spanish Moss, which I could collect them all!

  13. Kerri

     /  October 29, 2009

    The Spanish Moss is certainly ghostly, and the tree's branches do look like sinewy arms. Pretty woods in the daylight…scary at night!
    Happy Halloween, and thanks for stopping by and saying hello πŸ™‚
    I love your variegated foliage. Persian Shield is a particular favorite but I haven't been able to find it at local nurseries for a couple of years. Wonderful colors!

  14. shirl

     /  October 29, 2009

    Wonderful photos Nell, have a spoooooky weekend πŸ˜‰

  15. Nell Jean

     /  October 29, 2009

    Y'all, I don't know what is in the hollow tree. I didn't notice the little point of light until I looked at the photos. I think it was a pinhole with sunlight shining through. Not a very exciting explanation, I know. I'm not about to go up there tonight to investigate, LOL.

  16. Grace Peterson

     /  October 29, 2009

    Hi Nell~~ You had me at the title. LOL The trees, the forest, at night, with a slight wisp of a breeze and a branch's movement causing a stir, but only if you're listening. Eyes peering out from the hollow trunk, followed by a muffled growl, or was it? An owl hooting and a cyote calling and the moon peaking from behind the clouds…. and a group of really scared people wondering where all their bravery went! πŸ™‚

    Please tell us what is inside the hollow tree. I love a mystery. Great post!

  17. Mary Delle

     /  October 29, 2009

    The woods can feel haunted at night. You found the things in the woods that make them scary. Great post!

  18. Cheryl

     /  October 29, 2009

    The dead tree is lovely…..a very magical photograph….

    I love the spanish moss hanging from the trees. I have not seen this before…..it does have a ghostly appearance…..

  19. Scott & Liz

     /  October 29, 2009

    We may never know what tiny golum lives in that knot hole, nor do we wish to know.

  20. Kiki

     /  October 29, 2009

    Super Gorgeous post! Definately major eye candy for the nature and tree lover! AWesome..I am enchanted!

  21. azplantlady

     /  October 29, 2009

    I love this, but it is scary! The trees are very spooky.

  22. Amy

     /  October 29, 2009

    Great post and good timing for halloween and I don't think I would enter at night either! -Amy

  23. Rosey Pollen

     /  October 29, 2009

    That tree reminds me of the Berenstain bears book, The spooky old tree. My son loved that book.
    The knarled branches are creepy!
    Happy Halloween.Like the butterfly header!

  24. Hocking Hills Gardener

     /  October 29, 2009

    Wouldn't you hate to walk by that dead tree in the dark. It would make you feel scary.
    Happy Halloween!

  25. fairegarden

     /  October 29, 2009

    Oh I love this, Nell Jean! It really sets the tone for the weekend celebration and beyond. The sentinel lightning struck tree is perfection! πŸ™‚

  26. janie

     /  October 29, 2009

    I would enter bravely, in the daylight. Not so brave when light wanes.

    Neat post, Nell.

  27. donna

     /  October 29, 2009

    The tree that's been struck by lightning is quite impressive. It scared me. The tiny light that's visible in the hollow log…..must be a raccoon with a flashlight.

  28. gld

     /  October 29, 2009

    I love these shots! You get out and about more than I do….must do something about that.

    Thanks for the boost. They do look eery….I wish the moss would grow here.

  29. Deborah at Kilbourne Grove

     /  October 29, 2009

    I think that I am going to get something to hang from my trees this Hallowe'en. Spanish moss is not plentiful (or cheap) in Canada, maybe some cobwebs from the dollar store and try to get the same slightly creepy look.

  30. vrtlarica

     /  October 29, 2009

    What is inside of a tree on a last picture?
    Lovely post, like the berries.

  31. FlowerLady

     /  October 29, 2009

    Fun post Nell. I love the dead tree.


  32. Muhammad khabbab

     /  October 29, 2009

    They look so mysterious yet so charming.

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