The bright neon green of the mesquite's foliage is unique, starkly different in color and texture
from the other native trees growing around here.
We have many mesquite trees here on our property. This is the large one that grows out front of the house.
No photo retouching done here....
the sky really is that beautiful shade of blue today!
I know they are a nuisance to farmers and ranchers, popping up and taking root in pastures or fields needed for cattle or crops. They can grow quickly and densely and clearing them from the land is a challenge. But, they have a rather stark beauty all their own. Their trunks can grow nearly horizontal, twisting and gnarling around upon themselves into an architectural form. Their shade is light and sparse, creating a lacy shadow on the ground below.
Beware, these trees have some mighty nasty thorns! They drop with small branches to the ground and we used to step on them all the time out in the yard when we were kids. Those things are wicked and can pierce right through a pair of 99-cent flip flops from TG&Y.
Believe me, I had this happen many times when I was kid
running around the yard in those cheap summer flippies!
Welcome to Spring here on The Porch. With such beauty all around, how can one not say......
This is the day which the Lord has made....
I will rejoice and be glad in it!