One of the things I was really looking forward to doing in southern USA was visiting a plantation. Maybe it’s because of my favourite novel “The Book of Negros” by Lawrence Hill. If you’re looking for a good novel I highly recommend it. It’s about a girl who is kidnapped in Africa, made to walk across the continent in a coffle (a chain of slaves), barely survives the belly of the slave ship, and then works on an indigo plantation in South Carolina. It was fascinating to learn that The Book of Negroes is a real historical document which recorded the names and descriptions of 3,000 African-American slaves who escaped to the British lines during the American Revolution and were evacuated by the British by ship to points in Nova Scotia. Great novel. But I digress.
I visited Boone Hall Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina. It is still a working plantation but they no longer grow cotton or indigo. Instead the strawberries, tomatoes, pumpkins and other vegetables thrive here. It was kind of odd walking around imagining it was the place where the heroine from my novel was a slave.
I made this image of the Live Oak Trees, which are native to southern USA and are the largest tree east of the Rockies. They are not particularly tall trees. What is interesting about them is how their branches grow in arches and how they have best friends. Yes, they do! Their best friend is the spanish moss. It looks like part of the tree, but all the stuff hanging down from the tree is spanish moss. It doesn’t hurt the tree at all. Spanish moss just really likes Live Oak.
I’ll have more about Boone Hall Plantation later this week. As always, you can click on the image to view a larger version.