Monday, May 10, 2010

Good Morning, Maple

When I started this blog, the idea was to take a photo of the tree from my office window once a week. After 6 years of looking at the maple every day, I wanted to force myself to pay more attention to its weekly, monthly, annual changes.

At times, I’ve been really surprised at just how much and how quickly the tree does change. In fact, for the past month or so—while the tree was leafing out—I found myself pulled outdoors every day to note the progress. I just couldn’t help myself. It was so wonderful.

But this week, I’m back in the office, and the photo you see was—once again—taken out of my window. I’m still getting used to seeing a tree full of leaves. It’s lovely and lush, and I’ve noticed that it completely changes the quality of the light in the office—especially in the morning. I really like it.

I took a half dozen photos of the tree this morning because the wind is blowing hard, so the pattern of shadows on the trunk keeps changing. This is something that I probably wouldn’t have noticed a year ago. But watching the changes from moment to moment is really fascinating. The shadowy shapes in the image I’ve posted are beautiful. They’re definitely worth preserving with a photo.

Happy Monday, Everyone!

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