MOUNT VERNON — While playing in the autumn leaves Sunday afternoon, Mount Vernon 4-year-old Tommy Lindsey found a maple leaf almost as big as he is.
Tommy found the leaf during a walk with his five siblings, parents and grandparents on the forested Daisy Lane that leads to the Skagit YMCA Camp Anderson day camp down the road from their home in south Mount Vernon, near Conway.
When Tommy picked up the leaf, his 12-year-old brother Cooper Lindsey commented on the size and thought it would be cool if it were a world record.
“I was thinking, ‘There’s probably no world record for a leaf,’” their mom Jeanne Lindsey said. “But there is.”
According to Guinness World Records, the largest maple leaf on the books was found in Richmond, B.C., in December 2010. It measured in at 20.86 inches wide and 20.55 inches long, with a 12.79 inch long stem.
Tommy’s leaf is a little wider, but a little shorter than the record, measuring 21.19 inches wide and 14.75 inches long with a 13.75 inch stem.
“Grandpa says, ‘Wow this is big,’ he spans his hand across it,” Tommy’s dad David Lindsey said, remembering their family’s awe with the discovery during their fall walk.
The Lindseys thought it would be neat to submit their find to Guinness, but they’re not sure if it will make the cut.
They’re trying to flatten the leaf to get the most accurate measurement, and they may have it framed.
Frank Varga / Skagit Valley Herald Tommy Lindsey, 4, of Mount Vernon holds a maple leaf that measures 14 3 /4 inches tall, 21 3 /16 inches wide and 28 1 /2 inches from stem to tip.