Base of cypress tree, Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC

I was surprised to see these classic cypress knees at the Biltmore Estate, in a spot that doesn’t seem to qualify as “wetlands” at all. Even outside a swamp they retain that otherworldly, alien weirdness we seem to inevitably ascribe to organisms that reproduce in unfamiliar ways.

Two Years Ago: Otherness

Furled fernSticky, spiky, raw, strange. Is it a plant or an insect?…”
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