BONES of A POST OAK
The photo above shows what's left after a wildfire. Bones and bare ground!
Although shocking and stark to most folks, this is nature's way of rejuvenating and preserving it's grandeur! In the Spring, new grasses along with wildflowers (some that haven't been seen for years), will begin to surface, feeding on rich nutrients sacrificed by last years growth. Cleansed by fire, only the Native plants will survive, rid of the pesky new arrivals! Once again, the circle of life begins, without Man's interference! The Twilight years of this Post Oak forest along with the grass plains surrounding it have been staved off once more by the elements!
Arriving back at camp I found that Twilight had indeed found me!
Leon and his Twilight Bungalow
He really wasn't looking for me nor I him, but it was nice to see that he was still kicking! While my friend Ron, along with a couple of friends and I were exploring the freshly burnt area of the Wichita Mtns. Refuge, Leon had slipped in and parked his vintage fifth wheel trailer in the camping site next to mine. The camping sites carved between the Post Oaks in this ancient forest provides a most welcome spot to center out of while hiking and exploring the Wichita Mtns. of Oklahoma.
Long past it's years, the Bungalow is only a Memory!
Always with a styrofoam cup of hot coffee in his hand, and usually a smoke, Leon told me he bought this Baby when it was New! A conversationalist from the old school, words came easy! He and my Dad shared these Post Oak campgrounds over thirty years ago, and continue to do so, from time to time!
After the watermelons are picked is usually when he shows up. Seems he always has a big melon to give to the many campers at Doris Campground! A gentle man bringing a gift of of the Earth!
I guess the moral of this story is; Live Life! Even in your Twilight years, 'Bring a Sweet Melon to The Party!'.