Thank you, dear reader from New Brunswick Canada, for this reminder of the importance of being Irving. It’s huge, as you can see.
I am writing to you today as the 2012 winner of the Queen of the People’s Republic of Sunnyside Did It Her Way Award for The Only Blog Worth Reading. I accept this honor on behalf of the fact that if I didn’t win at least one damn award this year I was going to sulk for all of 2013.
So, having had my status as a beloved “cult” writer confirmed and my vanity appeased, I can get back to business. The hunt is on for the two most perfect Fall leaves:
You have to train your eye when it comes to appreciating a Fall leaf. Or, should I say, a fallen leaf:
Because just like tigers, and Grecian urns, and Japanese gardens, these things are meant to be appreciated in situ, in place — in the case of a fall leaf, up in the tree:
But after scouring the site for an hour, Top Cat and I collected many great possibilities for The Perfect Fall Leaf:
My only requirement, when it comes to Perfect Fall Leaf, is that it be interesting to paint. So I am looking for a leaf that has it all: color — really interesting color — and shape and size. So I’m partial to the maple leaf that has pitched itself off the branch just before it hits utmost ripeness, something like this:
The only problem, though, is that these leaves tend to be very small. Perfect in every way except size.
But it’s up to you, since these the Perfect Fall Leaf will be painted for two of you who are reading now. Would a teeny leaf be acceptable or can you wait until I go re-visit the billionaire’s garden on November 4, the one with the grove of fancy rare Japanese maple trees? Remember when I was there last May and told you all about it? (click here to refresh your memory.)
Which is it? Tiny but perfect Long Island mutt maple, or billionaire’s fancy foreign maple leaf?
And if you happen to be in Texas next week, stop by and say “Hey” to a great friend of this blog and NEW AUTHOR Katherine Catmull (read all about her by clicking here) at the TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL. Katherine’s first book, Summer and Bird, is out now and getting rave reviews:
BOOKLIST (starred review): “Catmull’s stunning debut unleashes a fierce imagination to build a wholly original world, rich with the familiar shimmer of folklore . . . This atmospheric adventure thrills with complex storytelling, carefully threaded with bits of foreshadowing and overflowing with poignant imagery.”
Katherine will be on a panel called “The World Turned Upside Down” as part of the Texas Book Festival from 1pm-2pm on Sunday, October 28, 2012, in the Capitol Extension Room E2.014. Please come!
She’ll be signing books immediately afterwards in the Children’s Booksigning Tent at Colorado and 13th.