Well, it's not a sugar maple, but it is a Bradford pear. We planted it three years ago. It is covered with white blossoms in the spring and its leaves turn red in LATE fall. If you enlarge the picture you can see the Christmas lights on the fence.
Since we are not traveling, there are fewer occasions to update the blog. But one came along today. Baxter's picture and story are featured on this week's home page for Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue. Check him out at www.ygrr.org.