The Japanese Maple tree in our courtyard is at its most beautiful in the Fall, and I don't think I've ever seen it as beautiful as it is this year.
I kept looking out the window at it and, finally, couldn't stand it any longer ... I just had to take some pictures of it in all its crimson glory.
Some of the leaves were outlined in white where the 20-degree temperatures we had last week had "burned" them.
Others looked as if someone had touched just their tips with white paint ...
But the leaves in the center of the tree that were protected from the cold were brilliant crimson.
The leaves won't last long now that colder temperatures are here. They'll soon be falling, but I'm glad I have these pictures to remind us that God's glory is all around us ... even in our own yards.
I hope this has inspired you to take a walk around your yard to see the beauty waiting for you there. I promise you won't have far to walk.
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"Time never turns backwards
Its old charms to give,
In photographs only
Can yesterdays live."
~ Edgar A. Guest
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