The days are getting shorter and our weather is alternating between “rain” and “showers”. The ground is sodden, the clocks are going back an hour, and we’ve entered that dark time of year.
But every time I look out our north windows, I feel my spirits lift, thanks to the show that our Bigleaf maple is providing.
The leaves of these west coast natives (Acer macrophyllum) don’t turn red in fall like their eastern relatives: instead, our trees specialize in yellow. And how!
The Bigleaf maple is aptly named. In the photo below, you can see how the leaves measure up beside my very average-sized feet (shod in customary Gabriola footwear, i.e. gumboots).
As fall progresses, Bigleaf maples light up our coniferous forest canopy, and as their leaves drop and the layers accumulate, our driveway and patio (shown below) become a veritable light show. Looking out the windows, it’s almost like a summer day.
Just the tonic I need at this time of the year – and a great excuse for waiting awhile longer to bring out the rake!
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