Monday, August 29, 2016

Barometer bush

Take a look at the cenizo (Leucophyllum frutescens) that lives across the street from us. I shot the photo below Saturday evening. The next day, the cenizo looked like the photo above. You know, it's true what they say about this species–that it can predict rain. Hence, one of its common name: barometer bush. Now more than ever, I believe it. Earlier this month (August 5-7), James and I drove down to Port Aransas for his high school reunion. Along the way, coming and going, we noticed cenizos in full bloom. Ten days later, we had loads of rain in Central Texas. Now they're blooming again! We must have more rain on the way?
Here's a short piece I wrote for Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine a few year ago, "Barometer bush."

Even our dwarf cenizo in the back yard is blooming now.

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