now i understand

whew, it’s over! today was one that tested and if i’m not mistaken, even tried to break me. funny how delicate everything is and like a puzzle, has to function perfectly. luckily the burdens soon passed but i’m definitely wiped out.

in fact my brain is such a blank slate that tonite’s post was simply inspired by the top search terms used to find my blog.  for the past few years, since i got my dad one for father’s day, the top search term almost eVeRy SinGle DaY, is for ‘japanese maple tree’.

the tree i got was just ok so tonight i googled it to see what the fuss was all about.

now i get it. these beauties twist and curl and are works of art straight out of a van gogh painting.  dad’s is not doing backflips so i’m not sure it’s  even the real thing now. maybe its time for another. my parents have a gorgeous garden and deserve real deal!

well at least these pics helped to undo the day.  i’m closing up before midnight, the ultimate luxury for a tired mind like mine.  hope you’re winding down too, sweet dreams!

March 11, 2011. Japanese Maple Tree, postaday2011.


  1. Christina replied:

    Coming from Oregon, I have a great love and admiration for trees. Thank you so much for this post, I really needed that!!!


  2. Antonia at Swedish Love Affair replied:

    I love trees! Unfortunately, living up in the North, I have only been seeing them leafless for the last 4 months…
    Beautiful images!

    Kind wishes,


  3. paulanna replied:

    love the trees


  4. Acquired Objects replied:

    We planted a Japanese maple at the bottom of our drive and while growing they are slow but it’s gorgeous once the leaves appear each spring.


  5. Shelly Gregory replied:

    Magnificent colors! Amazing creations! And to think, while resonating such beauty and strength, they silently protect our lives. “The leaves of the trees trap dust which helps us breathe better and trees photosynthesize which gives out oxygen for humans to respire.” We are blessed! Thank you!


    • the paris apartment replied:

      isn’t it the truth! and to think of the delicate balance holding the planet together that we take so for granted is so humbling.


  6. Dad replied:

    Our little Japanese maple is still a baby and needs much more time to develop. It’s American born so it just might grow a little straighter and taller than its Nipponese cousins. Hope we’re here to see it!


  7. April replied:

    These are so beautiful, especially the 5th one down!


  8. Splendid Sass replied:

    Glad that the worst is over , Claudia!
    These images are gorgeous. Love, love the colors.
    Have a wonderful weekend.


  9. Style Maniac replied:

    These are gorgeous photos … but isn’t it surprising that with all the lovely antiques, decor, Parisian apartments, flea market shopping, chandeliers, pretty beds, etc etc, you feature here, that trees would be your top search term!


  10. ellery replied:

    I wanted to give Japanese gardening a whirl, but then I discovered in my research how much time/pruning/staking goes into making a japanese maple look like the ones in your lovely photos….


  11. tschitschi replied:

    wow, these look fascinating!


  12. Jo Meyer replied:

    Your pictures are not normal. Beautifully done. Just the colors seem vibrant. contrast of a certain tone of pink, etc. lol. Other people’s tree may not look that gorgeous Unless they know when to look. I never wanted one, but now after seeing those phots, maybe. the niki willow is pretty too.


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