Tree-Watching Project: Of Seeds and Autumn Leaves and Dreams

September 21, 2012

Dappled summer shade — under the maple tree

“And so the root
becomes a trunk
And then a tree
And seeds of trees
And springtime sap
And summer shade
And autumn leaves
And shape of poems
And dreams —
And more than tree.”
— from “For Russell and Rowena Jelliffe,” Uncollected Poems 1961-1967, by Langston Hughes

Time marches on, as evidenced by the slow changes on my “adopted” maple tree.  My photo for this post captured the dappled shade on one of the last days of summer.  The autumn equinox is at 7:49 a.m. tomorrow morning in Seattle.

Leaves and seeds

Watercolor sketch of leaves and seeds showing fall colors

5 Responses to “Tree-Watching Project: Of Seeds and Autumn Leaves and Dreams”

  1. Melany Says:

    I love this time of year for maples and sweetgums. The variation of colors in the Cotinus leaves (the leaf on the far left of your watercolor sketch) is just awesome.

  2. shoreacres Says:

    I do miss the maples. I always loved their color, and, as a kid, playing with the “helicopter” seeds. And always we’d do our “art” project – leaves pressed and sealed between sheets of waxed paper. Such simple joys, and so memorable.

    • Rosemary Says:

      I remember ironing leaves between sheets of waxed paper, then hanging them in the window like stained glass. thanks for the memory.


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