I've spent a lot of time sitting on the patio listening to music, sipping Jack Daniels and pointing the camera. We have a rather small backyard with three river birch and eight aptos blue trees. Most of the yard is shaded and birds like all the trees. They also like the water feature; a two foot waterfall and about five feet of running stream. The water feature is under three of the aptos blues. I used to burn in a portable fire pit; a lot. Now, the trees would ignite if I burned. With the current rules on burning, about the only time I could burn was the summer. I did it, but, I didn't like burning in 100 deg F weather much.
Bakersfield, California 2011