by Yvette Henson
Winter can feel so devoid of color. There are no flowers blooming, the deciduous trees and shrubs are bare. The grass is no longer green. But that same grass is now a butterscotch gold against the snow. The branches of deciduous shrubs sometimes develop an even deeper color in the cold that is unveiled with the loss of leaves.The following three photos are of various willows that I see along my weekly and sometimes daily drives. I purposely look for these patches of yellow, peach and red stems- bright pops of color in an otherwise gray and white world. Willows are in the genus Salix. I decided not to attempt to identify those in these photos to species-- willows can be difficult and there are no flowers or leaves to help.
|These red, orange and yellow willows grow along |
Highway 62 on Dallas Divide, SW Coloraodo
These golden willow trees are on my drive to work
(I don't even notice them in the summer)