No Spring nor Summer Beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one Autumnal face.
I’ve been mesmerized by the autumn foliage of this tree on the far side of the Reedy River since I first spied it from the kitchen window of my new home, 6 years ago. In an instant, a shaft of light from the rising sun cuts through the surrounding canopy (as seen on the trunk to the left) transforming the tree into a flaming fireball. The effect lasts only a few minutes on sunny mornings, just a couple of weeks each year. Already, the topmost leaves have been swept away and soon the sun will play with empty branches.