When I first toured this duplex back in March, the Japanese Maple in the front yard was the first thing I noticed. I remember thinking, "That shit is gonna look awesome in the fall. I will have the prettiest yard on the street. Everyone will want to be me. I am the queen of everything!" - or something like that. After I saw that someone (a previous tenant? a wandering hobo?) had put silver Christmas ornaments in some of the lower branches, I was sold.
The maple has been on fire for the last few weeks, and is just now starting to lose it's leaves. The red is so vibrant that it gives my camera seizures. I love it.