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But not all was desolation

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Yaupon with Fruit by Burned Pines 4495

Much of what I saw along Bastrop State Park’s Red Trail on February 10th was dead, the remains of the great fire of 2011, but at the same time I saw many signs of life in the burned-out forest. The first photograph shows a fruiting yaupon tree, Ilex vomitoria, an evergreen relative of the possumhaw you’ve more often seen here.

In the second picture you can see that although some 90% of all the loblolly pine trees, Pinus taeda*, in the Lost Pines Forest were destroyed in 2011, new ones have kept springing up and providing patches of vibrant green amid the shades of brown and gray.

Pine Sapling Among Dead Trees 4576

Below is a closer look at that new growth. How about those long needles?

Loblolly Pine Sapling Detail 4585


* I’ve just learned that taeda was the Latin word for ‘a pitch-pine tree.’ By extension it could also mean (ominously, for Bastrop) ‘a pitch-pine torch.’

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 25, 2016 at 5:03 AM

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