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February 10, 2023

Two days into no power and no heat, with shattered trees making a dangerous obstacle course around our house, and all this coming just two years after Snowpocalypse, I packed a bag, picked up Mom and her dog from her cold, dark apartment, and headed to Houston to stay with family a few days. What a good mental health decision that was! Not only from seeing family and enjoying the comforts of electricity, but visiting the majestic, 400-year-old live oaks at Becks Prime (the Augusta Dr. location) again.

Ahhh, unbroken trees in all their glory!

I first blogged about these incredible trees last August. This time, in early February, I noticed ferns colonizing the trees’ snaking, horizontal limbs. I imagine they are cool-weather plants, showing up in winter and going dormant in summer.

The ferns add a green, hanging-garden effect to the magnificent trees. Update: They are resurrection ferns (Pleopeltis polypodioides). Thanks to Pam (on Facebook) and James (in the comments) for the ID.

As we sat beneath them, enjoying our lunch, a determined little visitor pulled up a seat next to ours, and snagged a fry.

We couldn’t begrudge him. It was too beautiful a day, and we were embraced by these beautiful trees.

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