High Temperature: 55F Low Temperature: 53F Sunrise: 6:18 am Sunset: 8:21 pm Humidity: 95% Wind: e 6 mph Chance of Rain: 30%
The street lined with sycamores isn't called Sycamore Street, but I think of it as Sycamore Street just the same. These towering beauties [Platanus occidentalis] endow a humble, bungalow-lined road with a sense of grandeur and shelter. In the summer they provide welcome coolness under the shade of their wide leaves, and in the winter, the branches filter the harshness of the streetlights. No other street in our neighborhood has a similar line of trees stretching along the sidewalks. I wonder who had the foresight to plant them and if there was any resistance from the homeowners at the time. On a related note, we have a few sycamore trees at our ranch. I've noticed that a couple of times year, the trees emit a distinctive and pungent odor. I've done a little research online, but can't find anything definitive about what causes the smell.
A weather note: it could be February today. It's a clammy cold that we feel in our bones with fits of pouring rain thrown in for good measure. We don't have to wait long for a warm-up, however. Tomorrow the forecast is for 80F.