The Turncoat…

As we were heading home from a gloriously sunny Labor Day weekend, I saw this tree.

TurncoatLook, I like trees.  A lot.  Anyone who’s been to my house knows I have an almost embarrassing penchant for paintings of trees.  After a long Winter, the reappearance of green, landscaping-softening leaves lifts my spirits like nothing else.

Which might be why this guy put me in mind of chainsaws and wood chippers.  I mean, look at it (that’s what it wants you to do).  All vainglorious in it’s “I’m first!” wrapping of Fall color, heedless that it’s rushing the process toward its own stick-limbed Winter nakedness.

Even in nature, patience and the long view is a virtue.

By Dennis Ryan, CCO, Element 79

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