I was leaving San Angelo State Park one day, and as I drove by some trees this Mexican Ground Squirrel was muching on a mesquite bean pod. He looked at me as if I was being rude to watch as he ate. Embarrassed that he caught me looking, I moved on. 🙂
Seriously, soon there may not be any mesquites left in the park. They are not a native specie, but were brought in many years ago, probably accidentally on truck tires, carried by birds, etc. They are a very thirsty plant. They multiply, their roots run deep and they use up all of the ground water. The Concho River is the source for O. C. Fisher lake, and the mesquites along the water shed and in the park are spelling the demise of the river and the lake. To that end, a program is under way to eradicate all of the mesquites in the along the watershed and the park. The park itself, encompasses more than seven thousand acres. I worry for the loss of habitat, but those authorities in the know, say that there are enough native species left to sustain the wildlife.
More native species will be brought in to some areas. With the mesquites and salt cedar gone, someday, along with some good rains, perhaps the river will flow again, the lake will fill, and the boat ramps will reach the water.
In other good news, a showing of my framed photographs will continue for another month at the Crockett National Bank in downtown San Angelo. Originally I was invited to show for the months of December and January only, but it has been so well received that I have been extended indefinitely. So if you get to San Angelo, drop in and have a look. All of my work there is for sale, and I also have prints available in any size.
Click on the photos to see enlargements.