I had to go outside of my yard to find maple leaves. Our garden is too narrow for a tree of that size. Maple trees at maturity can range from 30 to 145 feet in height! On my walk with Meeko yesterday, I picked up several maple leaves of different colours. I think that one of the most distinctive and beautiful aspects of maples trees is that their autumn display can include an array of colours: red, orange, yellow and green. Even one leaf can contain more than one colour. I really enjoyed painting these leaves and I don't think you need to be Canadian to appreciate their beauty (plus they do grow elsewhere!). Maple trees can also be appreciated by anyone with a sweet tooth as they are the source of, what else could it be, maple syrup!
There is even a national song (although not our anthem) celebrating the maple leaf. The lyrics have been modernized over time. Here is an excerpt from the most recent version which has been sung by both Anne Murray and Michael Bublé at public events:
O, land of blue unending skies,
Mountains strong and sparkling snow,
A scent of freedom in the wind,
O'er the emerald fields below.
To thee we brought our hopes, our dreams,
For thee we stand together,
Our land of peace, where proudly flies,
The Maple Leaf forever.
Long may it wave, and grace our own,
Blue skies and stormy weather,
Within my heart, above my home,
The Maple Leaf forever!
O, Maple Leaf around the world,
You speak as you rise high above,
Of courage, peace and quiet strength,
Of the Canada that I love.