Under the flaming maple trees

Flaming Maple–Tree #1

Flaming Maple–Tree #2

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Graffiti…

…with a legible, even inspiring, message.  Quite unusual, don’t you think?

Five Maple Trees–“Be Kind”

While walking today…

…and contemplating life (and death), I came upon this.  I was going to pass, but turned back and quickly shot a few frames.

New vs. Old  Copyright 2012  http://www.anotherthousandwords.wordpress.com

 

Circumvention

 

It is difficult these days,
To think in the past.

The future will not cease
To expand

And,

As we decease,
It continues.

 

Copyright  2004  http://www.anotherthousandwords.wordpress.com

 

Yesterday’s surprise!

 

On this next one, I did some retouch with “Clone”, as I did not care for the branches of another tree intruding on the beauty of these fragile new leaves.

All photos copyright 2012  http://www.anotherthousandwords.wordpress.com

 

Just a block and a half west of Lake Michigan, I came upon these tiny, fresh maple leaves while walking home yesterday.

It has been said:  When the maple leaves bloom, there will be no more frost.

We’ll see…after all, this IS Chicago!