Saturday, November 8, 2014

The leaves are gone, but I have these

We have a tree in our front yard that, when fall hits, is nothing short of spectacular. Last fall when we moved into the house, people walking by would say, "Just wait until you see this tree in a few weeks. It's amazing." At a block party a few weeks ago, after introducing myself to a neighbor and giving our address, he said, "Oh! You're the owners of the prettiest tree in Webster Groves." And they're right—it really is something.

It is apparently so dazzling that I could not bring myself to photograph it during its glory days.

My friend Kaly even offered to come over and take pictures of our family together by the tree before its leaves dropped. But no, I couldn't manage that, either.

I did, however, grab the big camera one Saturday morning and fired off these photos in the two minutes we had between a soccer game and a trip to the pumpkin patch. You can't see the tree, of course, but if you squint closely at the fallen leaves, you can see some bright orangey-red goodness on the ground. Now, imagine those covering a large tree. Impressive, no? Almost impressive as the poses Mary Clare strikes these days. It's like she did back-to-back internships with Olan Mills and Glamour Shots.

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