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Phil Douglis | all galleries >> Galleries >> Gallery Eighty-five: On Tour – cruising the Mississippi from Memphis to the Gulf > Haunted Oaks, Rosedown Plantation, St. Francisville, Louisiana, 2012
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Haunted Oaks, Rosedown Plantation, St. Francisville, Louisiana, 2012

Rosedown, a cotton plantation built in 1835, remained in the same family for 120 years. It is surrounded by haunted groves of ancient Southern Live Oaks, which set a mood redolent of the Old South. It was raining as I made the photograph, and a light mist sifted through the hanging Spanish Moss. The flat light produced a wonderful color palette. Among the vines appropriately embracing this tree are “Resurrection Ferns,” which seems to die when dry, and mysteriously spring back to life when wet.

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Phil Douglis04-Jan-2013 22:38
Thanks, Tim, for adding a biblical angle here. To me, this scene was "heavenly" in another sense altogether. I was in "photographer's heaven" when surrounded by these symbolic misty oaks dripping vines and moss.
Tim May04-Jan-2013 04:19
This image of "resurrection" seems to be heaven itself.
Phil Douglis03-Jan-2013 05:00
Thanks for appreciating the mood and meaning of this image. It is the image I selected to represent the entire gallery. The effect of the mist and the colors of the leaves and vines and moss all work together to make this image so emblematic of the Old South and its atmosphere.
Iris Maybloom (irislm)03-Jan-2013 04:25
Like the oaks, the mood of this image is haunting and the multiple shades of green are just wonderful.
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