Doesn’t look like a pine tree, you say? And yet this is the shortleaf pine plantation at Roundrock.
I’ve been wanting to post a picture of the pine plantation, but I’ve never managed to take a good one. So I’ve settled for this one.
These flowers are at the back (west) of the pine plantation. This borders my neighbor’s land, and he has a defunct pond just across the line. It was ringed by cattails years ago, and sediment eventually filled in the pond. This is the ultimate fate of all ponds. But the area remains wet, and plenty of the water seeps through his dam and into the pine field. So conditions are favorable for these water-loving forbs.
On my recent visit, I was working like a man possessed, swinging that grass whip with zeal and delight, but I couldn’t bring myself to cut down these beauties. Soon enuf there will be a lot less color at Roundrock, so I let them stand. The flowers are not crowding the pines, and eventually the pines will grow so tall that they will rob the flowers of sunlight. The stand will fade into memory. Thus I’m glad to have this photo.