On the principle that you should start the year as you intend to continue, I took my camera out this afternoon.
Because I didn’t feel like going too far, I followed my usual route down into the Don Valley (which is only about a fifteen-minute walk from my apartment). The Don Valley can be a mixed bag in early winter – the leaves are gone from the trees, and most of the birds and little critters are sensibly staying somewhere warm – so it can be difficult to find inspiration. Today, however, there was a fall of light fluffy snow that contrived to make even mundane things look beautiful.
One of the few things that keeps its colour in winter is Sumac, which produces spikes of glorious crimson seed-heads in autumn that stay on the bush until spring. On a snowy day, against a background of Spruce and Cedar trees, they look quite opulent compared to the dried grasses that surround them.