It has been quite a wait, but hundreds of years of stoic patience has paid off for a beloved tree. Venerable Old Baldy has been recognized by the Texas Historical Commission and added to the historical records. The tall guardian of McKinney Falls State Park, long a favorite of intrepid visitors, can now enjoy its well-deserved moment in the sun. Of course, when you are over 100 feet tall, you enjoy many moments in the sun. A lovely exhibit created by school children in the visitors center proudly commemorates the ancient giant. To read more about the tall Bald Cypress, read this article from the Austin American Statesman. Enjoy your moment, old friend. You’ve earned it.