Yucca morning

Pale-leaf Yucca on Terraces with Fog, Flying Hat Ranchito, March 30, 2012

In walking down to the stables to feed Star this morning, I paused and looked towards the east, the rising sun flared by fog, and I shot this photograph of yucca, fog, dew and a couple of blossoms of verbena (click the photograph to enlarge). Three terraces gird the ranch house and each level has families of yucca that hold the soil about the landscape and prosper in well-drained soil for their health.

The temperature briefly holds in the middle 60s as I look at this scene. I dwell on it as I write this post and think of the moisture upon green grasses and yucca.  So different from this time last year as fires broke out across Texas, consuming dried grasses, brittle brush and wildlife unable to flee.  Today is different, substantially so, with recent rains and low temperatures. The fire ban is off for Erath County. I see an abundance of wildflowers and I inhale the air suffused with humidity and perfumed with fresh grasses.

This ‘yucca morning’ will last in my senses for a long, long time, and I possessively want the moment to stand still as I look east towards the rising sun, flared by fog, that shall warm the day and send fresh grass shoots skyward.


Filed under Flying Hat Ranch, Life in Balance, Plants and Shrubs, Succulents

14 responses to “Yucca morning

  1. Hej Jack, I understand so much what you say about wanting to hold the moment still.
    Have a nice week-end.

  2. Rubia

    Your photograph turned out well, Jack. It conveys the cool moisture of the morning, but your words convey that even better. Of everyone I have the pleasure of knowing, you write of your sentiments in the finest sentences.

  3. Beautiful landscape. Hard to think of that as the same place that had the drought and intense fires not all that long ago. Nature is resilient!

  4. We had a “buttermilk fog” here this morning – the light was golden rather than silver or gray, and quite beautiful. It lasted only a half-hour or so after sunrise, but it was as delightful as your photo.

    I’m as hopeful as you are, but the latest drought map still shows 87% of the state abnormally dry, and a full third in extreme drought. We’re headed the right way – and more rain this week, they say! Like you, I’ll keep inhaling the freshness, and hoping for more!

    Oh! I see you’ve passed your “mark”! Congratulations!

  5. And poetically just! Glad you were there to record the vista and appreciate it now and in days to come.

    You asked to keep you informed in regards to my eye problem. Saw a specialist yesterday. In 2005, a huge ‘wad of thread’ (a bleed) appear in my right eye. That was the beginning of the problem. Shrinking vitreous gel (dried from meds) had pulled a corner of the retina loose. Ophthalmologist said it would heal. It did. Yet a film has covered the area and became ‘wrinkled’ – in which a diagnosis in 2009 named it an ‘epiretina wrinkle’ (which has about 8 other names). Yesterday, they called it pre-macular fibromyalgia (the ‘pre’ meaning ‘before’ the macular). Restoration of my normal vision (or close to it) dictates this film be removed . . . which requires the same kind of surgery you endured. Tentatively, I am set up for surgery on April 19th in Memphis, which is about 2 hours away.

    I say ‘tentatively’ because they do ‘drive-by-surgery’ – yet because of other health problems my cardio insist I be hospitalized in advance and afterwards. Their doc and my doc have yet to discuss the situation and agree. Hope to know more this coming week.

    Enjoy the cool weather while you can. And this too will pass.

  6. The Texas landscape differs so much from the countryside here in the northeast that it is astounding. The idea of having wild yucca to watch over is fascinating. And your landscape changes so dramatically from spring to summer, especially in drought years.

    What a large, wide open, and marvelous country we live in!

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