How this tree manages to have such variation in color is a mystery to me.
These are all the same kind of tree...all within a few yards of one another, and yet they are turning as if they want to show off their own unique colorful personalities.
I loved this tree while I grew up in San Diego. It was the only consistent color changing tree in the area. Here in SLC, it is just one of many color changing trees.
But it is still the only tree that I have seen that has color variation from tree to tree. Some turn red, others yellow, some orange, some are yellow and brown, others are red and yellow...some are red, yellow, orange and green all at the same time. That just amazes me.
Right now I long to walk about enjoying the autumn colors and the beautiful blue skies overhead. But I have other tasks ahead of me; searching for the house to buy is how my day will be spent instead.
Of course there are plenty of colorful things to see while house hunting too:
Colorful valley views.
Views all the way to the down town skylines.
And more views across seemingly endless autumn tree tops.
Reds and gold, greens and browns...
A beautiful valley that soon will shift between seasons, and in a day (soon) will become a pallet of white and gray.
And fireplace stones that draw out shadowy memories, and thoughts of another place, a place somewhere that I just can't quite recall.
Red are the leaves...and red are the kitchens.
I look and look, and yet autumn beckons me still, calling to me to sit and relax and enjoy the autumn day's gift of sunny warmth.
Or come inside and find a place for reflection instead.
I will find time to walk and reflect and to ponder too, and by the end of this weekend finally decide which of these houses we should make an attempt to buy.
(We are down to two houses now. The above pictures were taken at five different houses; two of those houses are the ones now under serious consideration. I've visited 27 properties, and viewed at least a hundred more on line. It isn't easy...but feel free to vote for the pictures that you think would be part of the home that I would love. I will say this: the long valley views are from two different houses. And one of those two houses is actually out of the running!)