Here in the Pacific Northwest, the understory for the 200-foot tall firs and cedars is alder, oak, and big leaf maple. The leaves of the big leaf maple are big, sometimes really big.
A big maple leaf drifted down to the welcome mat outside the door to my single room. The first day it was beautiful yellow with green veins; the next day it faded a bit. Then it wilted, and now it’s dry and crinkly.