One of my absolute favorite aspects of our portrait garden and surrounding property is our GINORMOUS pecan tree. Years ago, an arborist (a tree expert) visited and said that it was one of the largest and oldest pecan trees he had ever seen. Pecan trees are familiar to everyone in the Nacogdoches area, but this one is special. Every year it produces bucket loads of wonderful pecans, and it consistently provides a beautiful backdrop for outdoor photos.
The rub is that pecan trees are “self-pruning,” meaning they drop branches like crazy. When the winds came through yesterday, it was just too much for one of the ol’ girl’s bigger branches. So Greg and his father in law Harry have been dutifully chopping and hauling pecan branches all morning.
Nothing worth having comes easy. The portrait garden and studio may need sweat and elbow grease from time to time, but the benefits are so worth it.