This is a lumberjack fairy in a fantastic tree root of a live oak in Blakeley, Alabama. Perhaps this fairy retreat provoked my recent addiction to fairy stories? Blakeley is located to the east of Mobile, Alabama and back in the day it had the best deep water access for the many ships coming to Alabama. It is now a historic state park and a ghost town. Both Mobile and Blakeley are in swampy delta areas – five rivers connect at the estuary. Yellow Fever was common in this area in the 1800s and when it first decimated the population at Blakeley, the remaining residents decided to move to Mobile or other areas. Unfortunately, there was yellow fever there too and there is a very sad cemetery in Mobile with tiny little graves. The survivors made it through and we have eradicated yellow fever in America although it is common in other tropical areas. It is a virus spread by mosquitoes. Next time you worry about a snake or a cougar, just think how many deaths the mosquito is responsible for.
What a magnificent old gentleman, his branches graying with Spanish Moss. Live Oaks live for hundreds of years which worries me because we have one in our front garden that has grown from a 3 ft sapling to 50 ft in 14 years. Despite that, I love her and stroke her bark when I pass her. It gives me such pleasure to see the acorns in the leaf litter feeding all the critters. Click here for a fascinating story about her – One Sleep until Halloween