Thursday, October 24, 2013

Grandpa's Sugar Maple

autumn sugar maple with all of its leaves
Grandpa's Sugar Maple Before
copyright 2013, Stephanie Maatta Smith
autumn sugar maple tree after leaves have fallen
Grandpa's Sugar Maple After
copyright 2013, Stephanie Maatta Smith
There's a beautiful old sugar maple in front of the family home. It has three or four sturdy trunks and towers over the front yard. We have a real love/hate relationship with it in the autumn. The leaves are spectacular and bountiful. It shelters a variety of birds and squirrels, including a pair of pileated woodpeckers. It wouldn't be so bad, but we spent an afternoon raking and removing leaves and had the yard cleared; that evening more leaves fell and undid all of our sweat equity. My philosophy -- Mother Nature made the mess, let her clean it up with a stiff wind or two.

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