Wednesday, April 8, 2009

ABC Wednesday ~ M

ABC Wednesday ~ M
M is for Moldow


Moldow (a.k.a. moldown or maldow) is a local term for beard-moss which is actually a lichen that hangs from the branches of spruce trees. When I was a child we also called it moose moss because, of course, moose enjoy munching on it. You can check out this word and many others in The Dictionary of Newfoundland English.


The way it hangs from the branches always reminds me of how my mom would hang tinsel on our Christmas tree. Though she appreciated a beautifully decorated tree, she had little patience for fussing with details. My dad would usually take over and hang each strand individually.


I just love the way nature decorates the somewhat plain spruce tree.

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16 comments:

Siw Aina said...

Great photos. nature sure knows how to decorate :)

Janie said...

This moss looks a lot like Spanish moss that grows in the south. Interesting that it grows on spruce trees and is a favorite moose munch.

RuneE said...

Interesting and informing.

Now I know a bit more about what I shot the other day - thank you for sharing!

Sylvia K said...

Great photos and does remind me of the Spanish moss that we see here in the states! Interesting post!

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

I thought it was spanish moss, great photos. Very interesting post.

Have a great Wednesday!

Tyra

ABC in THE GREENHOUSE IN TYRA'S GARDEN

Carol said...

This is a great M...I don't think I've seen this hanging moss...enjoyed the info...nice how nature provides munchies for the animaals...

Tumblewords: said...

Lovely photos! Interesting post...I can relate to the tinsel tale. Not so detail oriented myself! :)

Leslie: said...

Interesting post and I love your photos! Plus I learned something new today from you. :D

Babooshka said...

This is an education. Moss I would have got but not technical name. Lovely moist images.

photowannabe said...

A great example for the letter M. The moss does look the way I used to put tinsel on the tree myself. I would loose patience before the process was over.

Grace and Bradley said...

Great photos. We remeber seening them in Charleston, South Carolina. It was hallmark of the South. I wonder are they the same as yours?

Dragonstar said...

It must look very enticing to moose, hanging down like that. Fascinating post.

Jay said...

Well, there - I've learned something today! I didn't know moldow was another word for moss!

R said...

Now I know what is 'growing' near our summer cottage too...

Elaine Dale said...

Gosh, I remember this so well from the cabing at Bonne Bay Pond. I never knew the other names for it before now. Thanks for the education Cousin!

pictureeachday said...

Oh, interesting! I never would have guessed it was a lichen - I only think of the short, scruffy lichens on rocks and such.

Like others, I'm reminded of the Spanish Moss we see all over our Live Oaks down south here :)