Look at the amazing leaf I found in our backyard! Isn't it huge? It's from a tulip tree. We have many of these trees on the property, and at first I thought it came from the very top of this tree which dominates our backyard:
It's probably over 100 ft tall. But then I found several of the leaves, and realized they were coming from this little bush-like tree way off to one side:
I think that because it's so small and doesn't get much light down here under all these much taller trees, it has to compensate by making each leaf bigger. (There's a lesson in there, somewhere, I think...) Funny that I never noticed it until they all started falling. I have to admit, I do love some of the changes Autumn brings. I love watching the variety of leaf colors and shapes collect everywhere, I love the way they smell and the way they crunch under your feet and the way they all come fluttering down at once when the breeze moves the trees.