Wednesday, November 1, 2006


This Japanese maple that grows beside our house could hardly be noticed throughout the summer. In early autumn it remained demur among the towering oaks and elms, which dwarfed and shadowed it. But their leaves have changed, dropped, and blown away. Only now does its glory shine. Its leaves, still clinging heartily, have turned deep red. They are in stark contrast to the fading hues all around. Against the backdrop of nearby evergreens, the Japanese maple is a marvel. I wonder if the tree is really from Japan and if it is, does it make such a seasonal impression there, too?

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