A blank Wall
Just a bit of a whine here. In OKC there is the typical urban spread that is eating all the prairie I once looked at in various spots. I always like to look out the car window on the way to places we go to regularly, it gave me something pleasurable to do to pass the time until we got wherever we were going. I liked the way it changed from one season to the next and to see what was blooming now or to search for some plant or figure out what different plants were. Right now a lot of native and nonnative grasses, smooth leaf sumac, annual broomweed, ragweed and solidago is (or should be) blooming along with Maximillian sunflowers, cattails, regular sunflowers, liatris, asters (mostly white) and other unknown types that I like to try to figure out while otherwise I'd just be sitting there thinking of something else. Its not particularly beautiful in the sense of what most people think of as a vacation destination but the incredible variety was a nice thing to see all the same, messy and invaded with some undesirables as it was.
Wherever the land has been bought and built on, that's all been or being replaced with plants like Miscanthus grasses in a straight line, along with well placed and planned out plants like crepe myrtle or common well behaved nursery shrubs, just repeats of the same old nondescript stuff you see in most people's yards, businesses and at Home Depot along with a plot of mowed green grass. Manmade and store bought is how it looks. It struck me hard that worst of all, there is nothing to look at anymore and there won't be anything in the future, its like looking at a blank wall now.
Anyway, thats how it struck me the other day, I realized once we'd come onto these developed areas there is nothing of interest to look at once you get around these fixed up places. Its neat and tidy but seems depressingly dead looking even thought they are living plants. The way it is now, it could be anywhere other than Oklahoma because anything resembling this state is gone and it now looks like Home Depot.
Thanks for letting me gripe. I know its the same everywhere but this last Sunday, I really focused on the boring part of it all more so than the ecological part.