October 26th, 2015



There is a very tall oak tree set among only slightly taller pines at the south end of my block. Its shiny green leaves have not yet begun to turn, and for much of the day they catch the sunlight and reflect it. Whenever a stiff breeze blows the leaves sparkle like dozens of flickering fairy lights.

I believe this tree tried to hypnotize me this afternoon, and maybe it succeeded, as watching it is about all I remember from a good part of the day. It's quite enjoyable to sit in the warm afternoon sun, being cooled by the breeze and watching the display of light. Sometimes it looks like water, so bright are the reflections.

I'm not sure why the tree wants to hypnotize me, but I doubt that it's up to no good. It's probably a very sympathetic tree and just wants me to relax. I intend not to worry about it unless my toes suddenly start trying to take root in the ground.