Sunday, February 14

Broken, Bowed, - and Smiling

Some of you may sneer at North Texas pretty much coming to a halt last week due to a measly twelve or so inches of snow. However, I've lived places where the snow can get ten times that deep and the comparisons don't really tell the story. Trees around North Texas are just not set up to take the weight of wet, heavy snow and, as you can see, the damage, while not catastrophic, is extensive. We were fortunate. While one of our pine trees lost a couple of big branches, there wasn't anything important underneath.

Scenes, such as that at left, are all over the DFW Metroplex, and some houses, such as that below, sustained damage due to falling branches. I haven't heard of anyone being seriously hurt by falling trees, but the carnage on the highways bumped up a bit.

Corner of the Roof Got Damaged. The Next-Door Neighbors Appear to Have Gotten Lucky the Falling Branch Didn't Do Real Damage

Still, people in North Texas mostly took things in good spirits. The shot below is my own personal nomination for most creative combination of pickup truck and snow.

Mr and Mrs Snowperson Smile at the Silly Passing Cyclist


twister said...

Sorry to hear about the pine tree. There's some pines that the state of Texas planted in the median at the intersection of W.Loop 820 and IH30 that seem to do good in the Texas heat and the alkaline soils found on the north west side of Tarrant Cty. Pines being generally partial to acid soils found in E. Texas. I'm thinking about maybe harvesting a few seeds from a cone and see if I can get one to come up.

Steve A said...

Twister, just don't plant the things anywhere that, when they get big, can be harmed when their branches break off in that rare snow event.

Otherwise, they're underrated trees that I like quite a bit.

Hugh said...

I had no idea that it even snowed in Texas at all. I don`t imagine there are very many two-stage snow blowers in Teaxs. I have Oak Trees on my property, every time the wind blows we have some clean-up. Also we have my "old-man" long - needle Pine out front. I call it that because I planted it when it was about 3ft tall. Now when I look at how tall it is, it makes me feel old. Cheers

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