Alley View

I looked out my back window the morning after I returned from a long trip and marveled at the beautiful red of a maple tree across the alley. Then I wondered why I didn’t remember this tree from previous years. I definitely notice remarkable flowers and trees around the neighborhood, and I’ve even been known to alter my walking or driving routes to revisit lovely spots. How had I missed this tree?

Then I remembered that there had been another, dying tree, between my back porch and this beautiful maple. A windstorm last spring knocked down part of the other tree and the neighbor had the rest of the tree removed. With the dead wood gone, I had a clear view of this red beauty. A new discovery in my old neighborhood.

For the past week I have been enjoying this tree. I look out in the morning to see it lit up with the morning sun. In the evening, it looks darker as the sun goes low behind the tree. Sometimes when I stand up from my desk, I glance out the window and appreciate the color and shape of the tree.

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It’s amazing that the beauty so close at hand was not visible to me when it was obscured by a large, nearly dead tree. Until the dead wood was removed, I didn’t have the correct sight-line to see the maple tree.

I know that soon the color will dim, the leaves will fall, and the tree will be bare for the winter. But for this moment, I can see this tree, this vista. I can see the beauty clearly because the dead wood has been cleared away.

Makes me wonder what beauty I am missing right now in my life. Because I am staring at dead wood, not at living matter. Will it take a destructive wind and a change of seasons to show off the beauty I’m missing?

 

 

 

One thought on “Alley View

  1. When I lived in town, I could see over the roofs of the local neighborhood, and off in the distance, on the lower slope of the Sierra Azule (of the Santa Cruz Mountains), there was a grand sugar maple. They are rare here. It was spectacular. I never saw the tree directly. only from my windows.

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