The Coming Winter

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. — Henry David Thoreau

That time of year has come again, like it always does.  The vibrant colors of fall have gone, leaving in its wake the browns and grays and cold winter days that are sure to follow.  Some color still lingers, but it's only a matter of time before the dull and drab winter days take full control.  The beauty that is all around us is often taken for granted, and easily overlooked as we go about our daily activities.  That can be even more true this time of year.  With the exception of that first snowfall that blankets the ground and clings to the trees with a pure white, wintertime can be a difficult time of year to see the beauty in nature. 

Yesterday was our first taste of winter weather for the season here in this part of the Midwest. After record rainfall on Thanksgiving Day, temperatures dropped to below freezing, giving us icy precipitation that coated vehicles and roads, and made travel just a bit more treacherous.  The ice also accumulated on trees, grass, and other vegetation, that can make for some interesting photographs.  There wasn't a lot of it, but I went for a short walk in the woods to see what I could see.  Here are a few of the images.