Her front yard still features one large and impressive tree: a Japanese Red Maple. Long thought to be a sterile dwarf, it is now probably some twenty feet tall and regularly presents us with offspring.
I stopped over her house after clearing the light snow that fell overnight from my porch, steps, and sidewalk. I had not shoveled her walk at all from yesterday's dusting, and had to remove both that and the overnight snow from her front sidewalk. As I stepped out of my car I noticed a complex tracery of shadows on the snow from sunlight shining through the branches of the red maple. For the last third of a century this view would have been compromised by the oak tree, but now that it's gone, there are new vistas to be seen.
By the time I pulled out my phone, activated its camera, and fumbled to get the leather case out of the way of the lens, some clouds had passed over the sun, making the shadows fade. I waited until the sun was in a relatively clear spot and then realized that my polarizing sunglasses were rendering my view of the screen completely black. I took them off as quickly as I could, re-aimed the camera, and took the picture.
(Compare to this painting from four years ago.)
BONUS: Back in August I was delighted to find the retro-cereal Quisp in my supermarket. It was in an aisle-end display, and had the look and feel of a limited-time offer. The special display soon disappeared, and in October I found myself wondering if Quisp would continue to be sold with the other breakfast cereals. A quick scan of the sugar-frosted corn by-product section failed to turn up any Quisp. But then I decided to look in a less-likely spot. And there it was, hidden in the health-food section.
|No, I did not put the Quisp there.|
Quisp! Orange County Mexican Restaurants
(Note that this second link is to a post from the May 2006 limited release of Quisp that shows a box with the same comic strip on the back panel that was on the box I bought during the October 2010 limited release. I wonder if I should be concerned about this.)