This post was one of my anachronisms. I wrote it on July 20, 2011, which helps account for all of the green you see in the photo. I’m slowly moving most of these to the current incarnation of the blog. I hope you like it.
We have a few sycamores growing at Roundrock, but we didn’t when we first came to the land. I’ve always liked sycamores; I like the ghostly white bark you can see in the winter when the leaves are all gone. Thus when we first started stomping about our woods all those years ago, I kept an eye out for sycamores and didn’t find any.
Then we cleared some of the Central Valley and had the lake put in. I think the combination of the open canopy and the more or less constant water supply allowed the sycamores to begin their colonization. I am pleased.
The one you see featured in today’s post is down in the acre below the dam. I’m having some success with raising pecans there, and if I were having better success I might not tolerate this sycamore. It’s growing right where the grid of my pecans should have one. But that pecan gave up long ago, and the sycamore will fill in the space nicely.
As you can see below, it’s growing much faster than the pecans have. I don’t mind that too much either. When I’m down in that acre doing work, it’s nice to have a bit of shade to retreat to. Plus I just like the look of it: the bark, the leaves, the shape and color.
The other sycamores are bordering the lake, which seems like suitable habitat for them. There are probably a half dozen growing out there — one has died for whatever reason — and they are all good looking trees. I’m glad they’ve come.