Two maples are above Goose Creek along the road, blocking our southern windows both from the hottest part of the day and from a full view of the pasture, May til November.
The fourth maple is to our west, between the branch that runs beside the house and the driveway. We’d really suffer the late afternoon sun for a while before it dropped below the high horizon well before the rest of the county experienced the same some hours later.
The fifth maple, to the northwest beside the shed, is the only one we could lose and not be hotter for it.
This picture (larger image) of a single shaft of light, a tiny packet of solor photons, makes me appreciate how many more of these light-to-heat rays don’t reach the house in the summer months, thanks to our solar-powered organic air-conditioning system of maple trees.
They’ll have their work cut out for them today. And the floor fans and ceiling fans may see their first action before dark.