Well this scenery is a long way from that warm tropical beach you're all dreaming about, but this is the scenery we get around here in January. I strapped on my snowshoes and headed for a short walk into the woods a couple of weeks ago, in fresh deep snow.
The new young saplings mark the edge of the woods, but only for a short distance where an old tractor trail is kept open. Breaking trail on snowshoes was tough going, so I didn't end up going far.
But the winter scene as far as I went was beautiful. These big old maples along the fencerow where you enter the woods are amazing in their ability to hold the snow on their branches, at least until some warmer temperatures come along and the snow falls of its own weight.
Looking up from underneath provided an interesting pattern. Each branch was holding a snow blanket much wider than the branch itself.
The underbrush, here a dogwood shrub covered in grapevines I think, holds even more snow than the taller trees above.
I don't think I've ever come so close to posting a group of black and white photos, even if these are actually in colour - the colours of winter!