The cold wind and rain eases up and gives me a chance to run some errands. The landscape here in the shelter of my little hollow near the foot of my mountain is bursting with life. Most of the trees are sporting their emerald cloaks and the lawn is starting to look like a hay field. However, as I make the egress up the highway that wind it’s way towards the land of my birth the green leaves fade thinner with each twist in the road. Near the top of the mountain it still looks like March in a few places. The two locations are so different that I not only forgot to wear a jacket but I almost wore shorts.
Throughout the hills there are spots of bright red. At a casual glance a person might be convinced that they had slept through Summer and woken up in Fall. The red maple is a tree that yields it’s beautiful red tones twice per year. We get the red leaves in the Fall but we also get red buds, flowers and keys in the Spring.
In my imagination I can almost hear an elder passing down a legend about the fire locked up in the tree and how it has to come out before the leaves can return. To my knowledge no such tale actually exists but if it did it would be a good one. For now, I can appreciate the crimson speckles that accent my mountain as time grows ever greener.
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