Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tri-color pine

I pass her (and others) on my way into town.
 She is beautiful even as she fights for survival.
 Her sibling did not make it.
I am hopeful she can fend off the effects of last year's drought and win her battle.

116 comments:

Nancy Claeys said...

It's so difficult to see mature trees in the process of dying. Evergreens have a tough time in drought situations.

Joop Zand said...

Very nice colors in the first picture.....nice photo.

Raindrops and Daisies said...

I hope the tree makes it.

Beautiful colours.

x

Jill said...

So do I! She is lovely, indeed!

Clint Baker said...

God has His way of protecting His creation. I bet a little moisture and they will be okay!

polkadotpeticoat said...

just like beautiful fall colors, vegetation always amazes me just when you think its dead new life starts again in a little bud.

Bob Bushell said...

I love the colours, it's terrible that the mature tree is dying.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I hope so too!

BTW, I am amused by your word verification NO! on your side bar :-)

CameraCruise said...

I hope she makes it!

Michael said...

there's a real sadness for me when I lose a tree I've become familiar with...lost one in the freak snow/ice storm late October...living creatures who are usually here before and after us.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

So many wonderful, wonderful trees have fought to survive last year's heat and drought... makes me so sad. I do appreciate the survivors though!! blessings ~ tanna

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Theresa, Mother Nature can be so fickle and it indeed sad when anything so beautiful is dying.

Sall's Country Life said...

Ugh, that is hard to look at. Here in S.D. we know how hard it is to get a tree to maturity. Drought,flood,wind,frosts they're battles are many! Hopefully spring rains are on their way to Texas!

Comment1 said...

Beautiful colours. Good luck to her!

Sandra said...

I hope she makes it, too.

Sandra said...

this is really sad, it takes so many years for these beautiful trees to be replaced. and the tri-color is beautiful, but sad because she is struggling, hope you have had enough rain to bring it back.

Paula said...

So sad.... this makes me want to cry. :(
I hope the little tree makes it...

Rita said...

Oh, I hope she makes it!
We've had so little snow this year I heard the farmers are already muttering about the fear of drought up here this summer. Only so much we can do about Mother Nature.
Hope you're having a good week. :)

Fjällripan said...

Hopefully she makes it :)

Clint said...

A thing of beauty. I hope so, too....

Madge Bloom said...

It is a bit beautiful, but does not portend well for it...

Eva Ason said...

Nice colors, but sad to see a tree her slowly fading away.
Have a fantastic Day!

Eva

sweetdaysundertheoaks said...

Sad Tex! I hate to see trees not make it. We had to take down an Oak last summer. I actually cried. I know. Crazy.

Kathy said...

It's good that you have hope. It looks pretty doomed but miracles can happen. I always find it interesting that in a stand of trees one can be dying and the others seem to be healthy. I guess like individuals, some just show sickness more than others.

Margie said...

Me too, blasted drought!

DJan said...

It's been a terrible drought and I hope it lets up soon. Those trees show the awful truth of it, don't they?

Karen said...

Doesn't it break your heart alittle....

Sharon said...

Not so sure it's drought, we seem to have a lot of that going on here as well. It's mostly the ones along the roads or in close proximity.

I was thinking perhaps pollution, or some parasite that gets blown along with the big trucks whizzing by.

V.L. Locey said...

Darn, hope she/he pulls through!

Susan said...

Trees are special to me. I hate seeing any tree die. It's so sad!

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

Oh, I hope that tree makes it. A pity the other one didn't.

Reena Walkling said...

Fight little tree ... fight!

Liesl said...

Shame I hope the tree makes it...Nice colours but I hope she turns green again!

Rain said...

Wow-I know you guys got hit with drought-but this really tells it all.....we'll hope for the best.
and I too love your NO word veri!! I want to borrow it!! What on earth were they thinking!! This isn't the CIA!! Must go catch up on your past few days-my 86 yr old mom has been keeping me hopping!!~~Rain

bailey-road.com said...

So sad.

Jan n Jer said...

:-( I sure do hope this old girl makes it!

Linda said...

We had a drought here the year before last...nothing like the drought Texas had last year, though. Anyway, we have large evergreens in our yard, and a couple of them suffered severe damage from the drought. So far, they live; but their beauty will never be the same.

Gone Country said...

We had a drought several years ago and we are still finding trees that just couldn't make it. So, so sad.

They're sure are beauties though!

Judy said...

I hate seeing trees like this. I cried when we lost one in Illinois (lol) I know my husband couldn't believe it either.

ellen abbott said...

me too. driving by Memorial Park in Houston in just heartbreaking. They've been cutting down the dead trees and what used to be thickly forested is now just a waste land.

Julie G. said...

I hope the recent rains you have had will revive this ailing tree. It sure is pretty!

Magia da Inês said...

A natureza é mais sábia do que nossa vã filosofia... a árvore ainda pode sobreviver!...

Bom dia!
(⁀‵⁀,)
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Beijinhos.
Brasil

EG Wow said...

It's so sad to see what drought does to evergreens.

Denise said...

I hope so too, she is indeed beautiful!

Lasse said...

I keep my fingers crossed that she can make it!

Pricilla said...

They are tough and can come back from quite a bit.

Ron said...

I hate to say it but I think the one on the right is on it's last leg.

Farm Girl said...

I do hope you don't have a year like last year. I hope you keep getting rains.
I always feel sad when I see a dying tree.
It is a lovely picture.

Ellie said...

Beautiful colours in your first picture. I hope your tree makes it too.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

It does make for a nice range of colors. I hope it can survive.

heyBJK said...

Love the multi-colors. Too bad it's because of the drought.

Dianne said...

I'll be rooting for her
she's beautiful

Sylvia K said...

I hope it makes it!! Hasn't been an easy year for the evergreens in your part of the world! Terrific shots!

Sylvia

Zondra Art said...

Beautiful tree and photos, nice colors!

Greetings from Croatia!:)

Robin said...

T, lovely colours! I am craving colours! All the browns are wearing on me! Give me colour!

Christian said...

It's like a very slow virus, spreading from tree to tree. Let's hope the virus dies!

Mama Zen said...

We've had the same things happening to our pines here.

Candy C. said...

I hope the tree can pull through. Drought can be hard on a lot of trees.

Country Mouse Studio said...

Poor thing, hopefully you get better rains this year

Marissa @Life On Our Side Of The Mountain said...

She IS very pretty with all her colors. I hope that tree makes it!

I like your NO word verification button. :)

ksdoolittle said...

Hopefully these winter rains will ward of the drought just long enough for little tree to recover!

Rohrerbot said...

It was a hard thing to watch this past year in Texas. If the trees make it this year, they will be able to survive any other crisis afterwards because what you all went through was a SEVERE drought. I flew into Houston and was shocked by the devastation around the area. Very sad.

Jenn Jilks said...

Nothing sadder that drought and a sad tree.
Cheers from Cottage Country!

Evelyn S. said...

It's always sad to see those rust-colored trees that shouldn't be that color! In our area, it often means that the trees are bug-killed.

laurak@forestwalkart said...

odd colors for a pine...but she sure is beautiful....i hope she makes it!!

she looks like she's wrapping herself around the electric pole...for support? for a little jolt...

don said...

That's sad that trees cannot get enough water. It is beautiful with the varied colors. I hope it survives.

Pat Tillett said...

I really hope it makes it. It always saddens me to see trees die, or to be ripped out of the ground in a storm.

barbara l. hale said...

Poor thing. I hope there is some relief coming for her.

Montanagirl said...

I hope it survives! Pretty colors - but in death - it's raining here today - how ironic is that??

Jo's World said...

Evergreens do have a hard time in drought, but if they can get some good conditions in the new growing year, they are able to come back sometimes. I have had this happen, but I am in Minniesnowda where we are assured of a snow cover on the ground. Wouldn't it be nice if you could get some scouts to schedule some waterings?

Cheers and hugs,

Jo

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi TexWisGirl, Drought? Bark Beetles? Both? I do know that the bark beetles really were infesting and killing a lot of the pines back where I used to live in California. Have a great day!

Andrew said...

Fingers crossed it survives...
I have just been on Keiths Caldecotte blog ane he is losing some of his trees.. by chainsaw.
I despair..

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The first time I saw trees like that (the one that's still alive) I thought they were beautiful and some different variety of pine. I know better now. Join you in your hope!

Giga said...

Oby dała radę odżyć, bo szkoda by było drzewa. Dziękuję za nr 1 w komentarzach u mnie :-). Pozdrawiam cieplutko. *** May gave the advice revived, because the damage would have been a tree. Thank you for the No. 1 in the comments for me :-). Yours warm.

Nancy said...

I do hope she gets the water she needs to make it another year....It's a shame for such large trees to die....

Shaun_ShutterBug said...

Beautiful little tree, those colours are amazing. I bet the camera sensor thought there was a party going on when it was processing all those colours.

boromax said...

What a wonderful tribute to these struggling beauties!

holdingmoments said...

I hope she survives Theresa.
Always sad to see life end like this; non more so than at the hand of man. Some of the trees at my local are being cut down, for no reason that I can see.
Disgraceful.

Pam said...

She looks like a Cypress tree and if that is the case she will be just fine come spring. Some Cypress become dormant and brown during the winter months.
Fingers and toes are crossed just in case she is something else.
~:)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Isn't that sad, Theresa? We didn't have a drought --but we did have a very hot summer last year... My 3 Rhododendrons are all struggling to make it... Don't know what to do except to cut them back...

After your drought though, I'm surprised that more things didn't die...

Hugs,
Betsy

parker said...

That red cedar got stressed pretty hard. Would give it a small chance of making it!

troutbirder said...

Drought is indeed a terrible thing. Our farmers are increasinly worried as there has been little moisture since August.

SouthCoast Guy said...

it doesn't look too far gone...hopefully she'll be able to bounce back

edenhills said...

Poor tree. I hope she makes it.

Tammy said...

The colors are beautiful! Hope she makes it:)

Nezzy said...

Oh me too sweetie, it takes a lifetime to grow a beautiful tree.

God bless ya and have an amazin' day sweetie!!! :o)

Texan said...

So many cedars didn't make it through the summer and many other trees. I am crossing my fingers for several oaks on our property. We lost some cedars as well for sure. No cutting will be done here for months as I want to give them every chance to show if they are alive. The total number of trees lost in Texas is staggering!

eileeninmd said...

How sad, I hope the tree survives. That drought was awful.

Elaine said...

Hopefully you'll have more rain this year and she'll pull through.

Michaele said...

Whatever she's doing, she is doing it with dignity.

Deb said...

the colors are awesome....

MarieElizabeth said...

I bet she'll bounce right back in the spring. I had one do that a few years in a row, and looked wonderful by July.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

It really is survival of the fittest--I'm pulling for her too!!

KAT said...

I like that you care about the trees ! You are a special , wonderful, caring person indeed

-KAT-

Casey said...

Man, I hate to see that. It's happening to several little cedars around here.

Chatty Crone said...

I hope she makes it too - you had a rough year last year. sandie

Gillian Olson said...

She is very attractive as a tri colour, but I hope she regains a rich green colour overall soon.

Charlotte said...

I like that you referred to the tree as her. I have a huge pine dying in my back yard. It is sad watching the brown slowly creep down. Just a little green left.

Saun said...

just checking in to see what you're up to today. Very pretty still loving the ducks below :)

Annette said...

We have pine trees that look like that around here too. So sad.

DeanO said...

Indeed, beautiful as the tree fights for survival!

Paula said...

Whoa how did I almost miss your pretty trees?

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Poor little pine tree! I don't know if they are dying, but I've sure seen a lot of cedars around here that look brown this year. Hope they make it.

rkbsnana said...

Poor thing!! Died of thirst.

Rizalenio said...

The reality of living. I hope that pine tree will survive. Wonderful thoughts.

Cloudia said...

You have heart!



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Stewart M said...

Great set of colours - hope the tree pulls through.

We lost more than a few over the last few years - and some of the ones in our garden have grown more this summer than in the last 10 years!

Stewart M

SquirrelQueen said...

She is a beauty, hopefully she is strong enough to survive.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

dead trees make me sad...

i hope the tree makes it.

Breathtaking said...

Its a real shame that the tree is
dyeing.We also need rain in Portugal,or more trees will die
here.Two of my evergreens have had
the same fate.

Lisa RedWillow said...

So many trees just dont make it thought a drought and if they do they take years to recover.
When they do they are just as stunning as always.

Southwest Arkie said...

Last year we lost a tree we planted in honor of our first grandchild. It lived 13 years. I think we will see the effects of this drought for years to come.

georgettesullins said...

I'm so sorry you are losing a friend you pass by every day. Alas...if you look at that big tall pine across the pond in my recent post...you'll see an 80 year old one living its last year.

Liz said...

Beautiful colours. It's quite amazing how nature often survives even the harshest conditions.
(I am often amazed at how trees survive drought... or fire)

pattisjarrett said...

I hope she makes it, too.

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

The tri-color pine contains all of my favorite colors!! I hope she pulls through

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