Henry David Thoreau, "Faith In A Seed: The Dispersion of Seeds and Other Natural History Writings"
The sweet gum tree on the right is in our front yard and came up in one of the flower beds. Richard let it grow and we are amazed at how quickly it has grown. In Autumn, the leaf color is mostly yellow, with some reddish leaves, and here and there, leaves that are so dark purple that they are almost black. Lovely tree with leaves like five-pointed stars but because it is a native tree and very common, many people do not care for it.
The photo of our front yard was taken by me just before we got in our car to go to Alexander Lake and the Rockdale River Trail which is at Panola Mountain! The early morning mist over the lake, the sound of the birds, the bright reds and yellows of the foliage, the fresh smell of lake and trees, and the sun upon our faces made for a very nice morning.