Kudzu Is Coming

Friday, 23 March 2012, 8:01 | Category : Mississippi, Southern Stuff
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Someone asked the question on a mailing list – why is kudzu in some places in the south, and not other places? I think it’s a combination of luck and location. It would be interesting to find the places where it was originally intentionally introduced, and map the spread from those places. That wouldn’t account for all of it, of course, but I suspect there would be a correlation to some degree. But it’s also a function of “it hasn’t gotten there yet”. I’ve seen one study that claims it is spreading at the rate of 150,000 acres a year. While it apparently spread by seed, that apparently isn’t the primary means of propagation/propulsion. A group at the USDA research center in Stoneville, MS was researching a fungus a couple of years ago that might help control the stuff. Haven’t heard anything lately.

BTW – it has a beautiful flower, it’s just difficult to see in all that green. I have a small pic of it here.

Waiting For Sunrise, St. Simon’s Island

Wednesday, 21 March 2012, 20:11 | Category : Life, Nature
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Predawn, St. Simon's Island

In a still moment
Dawn, with a single finger
pulls away the night

It’s amazing how, no matter how quiet the early morning has been, just before sunrise it gets just a bit quieter. Sitting on the pier on St. Simon’s Island, Georgia last week (where amazingly I had the pier to myself; not even the fishermen were stirring), I watched as the eastern sky turned from purple to faint shades of deep pink and gray, then quickly warmed to orange as sunrise drew nearer. And it seemed like even the faint lapping of the waves grew fainter. Then there’s a moment when everything reverses – the stillness is broken, life stirs, and the day is suddenly all around you. In some ways, it’s the best part of the day, but of course we can’t let ourselves really believe that – it would make the rest of the day far too difficult.