There is a short time in Spring, when the new leaves
catch the light in a way that shows off their lacy delicacy,
contrasting its bright coloring with the dark
roughness of the tree's trunk.
The best time to catch this coloring is in
the morning or late afternoon, otherwise the sun
flattens out both the beautiful color
and fine detail of the leaflets.
The top picture was taken at around 5 in the afternoon,
while the bottom one was taken somewhere
between 8 or 9 on the morning. At those times,
the tree just seems to glow with color.
Of course, since most people drive by, it's likely they will
never look up from the intersection to notice.