Looking into the piney woods I am now seeing many oak trees with brown leaves. Dying as a result of the drought. Oaks are my favorite trees so this is sad for me to watch knowing I am powerless.
I learned something new a few years back when I visited the Caddo Lake State Park. Caddo Lake by the way is the only naturally formed lake in Texas even though it is now controlled by man. The information center has a wonderful display with loads of information on the area. I learned by going through the center that of course the cypress trees grow on the edge and in the water, next in line would be the hardwoods and further still would be the soft pines. This surprised me however thinking about it now makes since as pine trees have a very shallow root system. For that reason you do not want them close to your home or any other structure you don't want them to potentially fall on.
So, as a result of the lack of precipitation the oak trees are starting to fail. The pines are still holding their own as of now. I pray that we see some significant rain soon.
Now following the footsteps of MDR I will work on no longer taking about the drought. It is a depressing subject that I don't wish to support. Instead I will look to the future with hope and continue to plan my homestead. Droughts are part of life and I will learn to adapt and thrive.