Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Wildflower Center

Following up on Saturday's visit to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, here are some more shots.

Texas sculpture. We call these pests cedar trees, but, in fact, it is from a juniper tree. Junipers (cedar) are fast growers, prolific, shallow roots, killers of natural grasses, and sucks up the water in a water challenged part of the country. :D Someone or a bunch of someones brought the junipers to Texas about a hundred plus years ago. Oops, big mistake because the trees have just about covered the area and we spend a lot of time trying to get rid of them.

Should the tree or fallen branches catch fire, they burn fast and pop out sparks quite a distance. We've made sure no cedar grows within 100 or 200 feet of the house. We took most of them out from the front of our house to the county road with a bulldozer, dug a huge hole, pushed them into the hole, burned, and then covered the hole. We left 5 or 6 older cedars and run over the young ones with a tractor mower. Needless to say, we also left every identifiable oak tree and any tree that was NOT a cedar.

Several years ago and on a misty day in winter we decided to burn some fallen/cut cedar pile. After a pop or two, we were running around stamping out the dried grass like crazy. Of course, we were prepared because we had gallons of water loaded on the pickup in case the little fires got out of hand. Black patches of burned grass extended about 50 feet from the original burn pile. lol As we found out, misty days are not really wet enough to burn; you need to burn after several days of hard rain. Cutting cedar is a dreadful task because you get scratched and stuck by the branches which begin about and inch or so above the ground. Also, when you are out in a pasture, it is not like you have ready access to running water. Burn ban signs are up all around the county right now because we've entered a dry period.

This is the wishing pond. Why did I included it? Love the way the shades of blue in the water appear in the photo.

The sun was so bright that the bee almost disappears into the center of the waterlily.

A pond inhabitant sunning itself.

Companion sculpture to the one featured in the June 19, 2010 Straight Out of the Camera Sunday.

Until next time, God bless.


Brenda said...

Wonderful view of your world, thank you!

DJan said...

LOVE that last sculpture, and the wonderful greens and blues of the pond.