Wednesday, October 3, 2012

A Tree Conflicted

Going all out?

My side does look great, although I seem to be thinning a bit. Are you thinning?

Nope. Leaves intact. And still green.

I hear leaf colors are going to be duller this year because of the drought. The science guys clearly have not visited our side of Naperville.


Ah, me. That sky. That light, diminishing though it may be.

Your optimism never ceases to amaze me.

I am rather spectacular that way.

Which may be why we make for a pretty great tree.

We do. Though we could definitely use a drink.

Rain's in the forecast.

Where'd you hear that?

Carpool line radio.

Anything else going on that I should know about?

Presidential debate tonight. POTUS, the other guy, and Jim Lehrer, talking domestic policy.

Mandatory tree-watering comes to mind.

No argument.

Where's the debate?


Aspen trees. So quivery and full of themselves.

And definitely yellow.

Red/orange/crimson is so much prettier.

Definitely looks good on you.


(This is the second 2012 installment of the Conflicted series. I first noticed this color-challenged tree here, and posted about it here and here. This fall, the tree by school began to change color several weeks ago and I wrote about it here. I like trees that are a little bit sassy and occasionally opinionated for what else can they be as they face down the dispiriting gray of winter? And have I mentioned the soul-crushing cold?) 

Linking up this week at Jenny Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday.


It's All Connected said...

There is something very odd about that tree's reluctance to 'go all the way' for fall! ~ Maureen

Irene said...

It's a tree that's a bit ambivalent.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I am so not ready for "soul crushing cold"...


Jamie said...

Pretty photos of the trees! Ours in Wisconsin are either "dull" as you say or bright yellow with some reds & oranges.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Great post and awesome tree colors ~ (A Creative Harbor)

am your latest follower ^_^

edenhills said...

We've had amazing yellows this year, but there hasn't been much in the way of reds. We're still just suffering horribly with drought.

Leovi said...

Really lovely autumn colors. Nice pictures.

VBR said...

Autumn is my favorite time of year. The leaves changing color is just one of the reasons. Great photo and prose.

paige said...

I love when trees are conflicted. I had a FAVORITE oak tree that would have three or four colors at the same time. Love it.

debra said...

I thought about you and your tree on the way into the office since I pass a similar one on the way here ! Actually there are two in a person's front yard...both appear to be two trees in one

anitamombanita said...

The leaf guys clearly hadn't visited OUR neck of the woods either. They are the most brilliant colors I've ever seen...EVER!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I think the conflicted tree is lovely.

Sandy said...

It's just not finished turning colors
and your camera caught it right in
the start of Fall... love it!

noexcuses said...

After today's rain and 20 degree drop in temperature, maybe the tree will just drop everything! Great post!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Fun post! I've also been seeing some conflicted tress around my way! :) I think the cold snap that will will have this weekend might help them make up their!

Mumsy said...

Still a beautiful tree though, and I have one like that in the corner of my yard.

EG CameraGirl said...

This year I've seen a few trees that turned on one side before the other. Very strange, I think.

Annesphamily said...

Interesting tree post! We are having a real cold spell here. I was just getting use to the trees changing and the beautiful colorful leaves! Sigh!

Jenny said...

I will have your title in my head now.

I love it.

A Tree Conflicted.

A novel in three parts by Naperville Now.

Thanks for sharing a really terrific link for the letter T.