A Dixie Lady Deer Hunter
Article by Fred Messina, editor of "On Target Outdoors" from The Vicksburg Evening Post on Friday, January 19, 1990. Photo by Bob Phillips.
Bob Phillips came up the other day with a photo of his wife Marian and a deer she got on Brown's Point New Years Eve. The deer was an 8-point with 16 inches of inside spread that weighed in at 190 pounds. A nice trophy in anyone's book. However, the tale Bob told is that this was Marian's fourth deer this year and he claimed that he would have done better than he did if he had not spent so much time hauling Marian's deer out of the woods. Come off it, Bob. We all know who the hunter was.
Monday, September 07, 2015
Pix Of A Century Plant
Agave Americana is a common name for the century plant.
Yesterday, a friend and I drove to the Natchez Cemetery in Natchez, MS, to visit her husband's grave on the military/veteran side. As we were approaching the cemetery she told me that this was a century plant on the hill. I have never heard or seen one and took this picture.
I found out that it is a species of flowering plant in the family Agavaceae, originally native to Mexico, and the United States in Arizona and Texas. Today it is cultivated worldwide as an ornamental plant.
Although it is called the century plant, it typically lives only 10 to 30 years. It has a spread of about 6-10 feet with gray-green leaves of 3-5 feet long, each with a prickly margin and a heavy spike at the tip that can pierce to the bone Near the end of its life, the plant sends up a tall, branched stalk, laden with yellow blossoms, that may reach height of up 25-30 feet.
The plant dies after flowering, but produces suckers from the base, which continue its growth.
My Sunday trip to Natchez to be continued...