This November I am chasing happiness by photographing and sharing one lovely thing I see each day. I do edit the photos, often with an artistic effect like the one above, because playing with a lovely thing makes me happy.
Note: My son checked with his co-workers and, while they haven’t heard the phrase gan xingfu, they thought it was just fine to use.
The trees together look a bit like a rocket launch, especially in the fall when the maple goes golden. The Japanese maple is in my yard and the Douglas Fir is in the next door neighbor’s yard. When we moved in, 34 years ago, the Japanese maple was only about as tall as I am: 5′ 6″. We had no idea it would get this big…but, boy, do we love it, and the shade it casts on hot summer days.
Vegetal Growth in my yard today: Notice that I focus on fall leaves not the weeds and unmown grass.
Due to our relatively protected location our Japanese maple is usually a bit later than many trees in changing color. It is a tree of many colors and varies from year to year. Here are some pictures from today:
I have a “thing” for hardy cyclamen. The variegated leaves are so charming. I was delighted to notice that it is starting to spread. I noticed a few single leaves here and there among the fallen maple leaves today when I was sweeping the walk today. Yeay!