I came home from work last night feeling tired and thinking only about kicking my feet up and selecting "Hart of Dixie" on the DVR. (In my defense: this decision was born out of my love for "The OC" and not any real expectations.) I lugged my CSA vegetable box out of my car, and on the way past my patio, I saw something that that literally made me squeal with disbelief and delight.
I am pretty sure this confused my neighbor, who was smoking a cigarette outside. I started trying to take photos while he was finishing up but then went inside acting all cool and then rushed back outside as soon as I knew he was gone so I could explore it undisturbed. (You gotta be smooth, you know?)
It was a very gusty day, Reader - I'm talking 40-50 mph wind. Do you know those little leaves or seeds that I grew up calling helicopters? For this post, I got to google "helicopter leaves" to find the correct name, and it turns out they come from maple trees. You probably knew that.
I was completely struck by how beautiful they were, especially when you looked at them straight on, when they looked to me like little lanterns: