This maple tree in our front yard, as seen from under the canopy, is one of my favorite things about our home. The lots in our suburban village are very small, having been planned and zoned in a different era. This tree rather dwarfs our front lawn, and it shades the front of the house so that it can feel chilly inside even on a warm afternoon. The roots get into our sewer lateral and have to be cleaned out every now and again to ward off backups. Grass doesn’t much like to grow under its shade, nor do any but shade-tolerant plants. I forgive it all of this, because it’s a lovely tree.
You can just see the leaves starting to turn, high in the crown. In some years, they just sort of turn yellowish before they drop, but this year it looks like they will go out with a blaze.
I’ll keep you posted.
Happy weekend, everyone!