Nature Always has a Survival Plan

Nature seems to always be looking for the best resolution when a challenge presents itself. The spring is no exception in the area that Sims ands I work. The photo depicts Huisache Daisy and Texas Filaree, both of which can provide greatly beneficial spring grazing for livestock and wildlife. The Huisache Daisy (Also known as Coke County Tallow Weed) is in full bloom, barely 2” high, including the bloom. The Texas Filaree is seeded out with the awns of the seed being twice the height of the leafy portion of the plant. (Take note of the sorting stick in the background.)

The promise of a flush spring after the December and January snows has faded into the glume of very sparse rainfall this spring. Yet instead of declaring a disaster nature has flexed into survival mode and is producing a seed crop despite depressing conditions. Wouldn’t it be nice if we humans had a consistently favorable-positive outlook on what is happening around us?

If this small piece of rangeland, with a well-designed and implemented Rest-Graze plan, had a good cover of perennial grasses and forbs this picture would have a more positive story to tell despite the limited rainfall.

Kit Pharo recently provided a quote written by Friedrich Nietzsche.

“Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.”   ~

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