Back to Beck’s majestic live oaks

February 10, 2023

Two days of no power and no heat, downed trees forming a dangerous barrier around our house, and exactly two years after this snowpocalypse, I packed a bag and took Mom and her dog out of her cold, dark apartment to stay with the family for a few days. Headed to Houston for What a good mental health decision it was! Not only from seeing family and enjoying the comfort of electricity, but also visiting the 400-year-old live oaks at Beck’s Prime (Augusta Dr. location).

Ah, unbroken trees in all their glory!

I first blogged about this incredible tree last August. This time, in early February, I noticed that ferns were colonizing the serpentine, horizontal limbs of the tree. I imagine they are cool weather plants, visible in winter and dormant in summer.

Ferns add a green, hanging-garden effect to great plants.

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

We could not spare him. It was a very beautiful day, and we were embraced by these beautiful trees.

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