|I'm tempted to try climbing this.|
|Like little birdies almost ready to leave the nest.|
It's cooler under the trees, but the bush is parched and crackly. There's a wildfire burning south of here, at Nanaimo; we need rain!
Mature bigleaf maple trees range from 50 to 100 ft in height (160 ft maximum) and 12 to 36 in. in DBH (133 in. maximum). Bigleaf maple is moderately long-lived; some individuals may reach 300 years of age. ...The root system of bigleaf maple is shallow and spreading on wet or shallow soils. (Oregon State University)
The field beside this tree is dry, but a small creek runs on the shady side of the tree. Maples lose their leaves when they lack water; this one seems to be doing well.