Most of the time, I post close up pictures of whatever's blooming in my garden.
That makes for a pretty picture.
But, if you look beyond the close up, you see an entirely different picture. A reality check.
As most know, Texas is in an extreme drought. I water the garden close to the house, but where nature rules, the plants are suffering.
The damage to the hardwoods is striking. Large, beautiful, old hardwoods that have lived for many years are now dead or dying.
Smaller trees died months ago.
The pines generally have a longer tap root, so they continue to live, although they are showing signs of stress.
I wonder what the woods will look like after this drought with no hardwoods left. I wonder if the pines will make it. I wonder how the wildlife will fare.
I wonder about the places that have been even harder hit. I wonder how many inches of rain it will take to soak down to the roots of these large trees.
I wonder how much longer this drought will reign.
I wonder all this as I see the discrepancy between my garden area and mother nature's.