Sunday, September 6, 2009

Sheer maple.

There's a maple tree down the road I often look at. It's a columnar street-tree variety, but has an errant branch that seems to be signalling a turn. The picture above was taken last October. (Last year was especially good for fall colour.)

I looked at the tree yesterday, and noticed that the leaves were tattered. Some pathogen or pest had ravaged the foliage.

Or perhaps a hunting mishap?

Later I passed the Norway maple in Paulik Park, which is a few blocks from the first tree. It too was tattered, or moth-eaten, or whatever. I checked other street maples on the way home. Same thing. I haven't been able to find out the cause. Any suggestions would be appreciated. This year's fall colour is bound to be somewhat faint.

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