We have a gorgeous maple tree in our yard. It is especially gorgeous this year - its leaves are going through a beautiful spectrum from green to yellow to orange to red. This tree makes me happy. I can admire it from my kitchen window. I love watching the leaves "rain" down on the yard, even though it means lots and lots of raking. I actually kinda like raking, too - it's good exercise and gives everyone a great excuse to run around and play in leaf piles.