|Tiny vs. Huge|
No one but residents of the Pacific coast would believe the size of the leaves of our native bigleaf maple trees. Just for fun, I put a tiny found leaf (I don't know what species it is) next to a leaf from the bigleaf maple on a bench while I was walking along the Sammamish River Trail. Here is the picture I snapped.
Years ago, a midwestern visitor looked at the trail of leaves shed by the mature tree on the hill behind our backyard and nearly fainted. "Heavens, dear," she exclaimed, "you really have to own a big rake out here in Washington!"