Do the trees, in full leaf, find their canopies burdensome? Is it a strain for their branches to hold up such large leafy heads?
As I walked away I began to muse on the consequences of being in full leaf: parents with many children who are all reaching maturity; wealth that becomes a burden; bloated economies, global warming . . . Not that the tree fell into these categories. Maybe it was simply too successful in putting out its head of leaves, or maybe the branch stretched out too far from the main trunk - out on a limb, so to speak. My mother's voice in my head had the final word: 'You can have too much of a good thing.'