And here is something I never saw back in California. My DH took these amazing pics in our garden. This (after much Google research!) is a Maple Spindle Gall. The spikes are caused by microscopic mites, which aren't insects, but related to ticks and spiders. (Just sharing!) The form and color of the gall can tell you which kind of mite is feeding off your tree. I think they look like an alien life form. Ours are confused mites, because they are eating a grape leaf, among other things.
Caity posing. Trying to look wistful. Not succeeding.
Pat with Gizmo and Sophie.
Hope you're all having some summer magic, too.