It's been an exceptionally tame winter so far, this year. We've had the occasional bitter cold days and biting winds but for the most part, our temperatures have remained a little below or above freezing. Even the snow has been a brief and infrequent visitor.
Only the first two photos below were taken in late November. The rest were shot in December and though we've certainly had a hard frost or two since then, there is still much colour to be found this winter. Come walk with me.
This lovely, purple ornamental cabbage still has some colour today but it's not as brilliant as it was seen here, 6 weeks ago.
At a small, local butterfly garden, this lovely flower bowed its head to the last of the season's bounty.
Some of the local oak trees continued to cling to their golden leaves.
Other plants retained their colour but wilted with the colder weather.
A sumac plant always looks vibrant in the sunlight. This one was no exception.
Even burrs take on a golden hue with late-day sunshine. This one, caught my eye - it contrasted so nicely against the deep blue of the pond.
Red leaves could still be found in mid-December - covered with droplets after a rainfall.
And even some green leaves continued to thrive just three weeks ago. They looked like new growth to me, with its tiny red buds.
Thanks for joining me on my search for winter colour.
And now onto the giveaway. Over the course of a few days in December, I decided to create a 2012 photo calendar and I was satisfied with how it turned out. I ordered a few more and gave two of them away as gifts. I decided to keep the last one for my bloggie people, and offer it up as a giveaway to say "thank you" for all of your support and encouragement over the years. It's a small gift, I realize but I figure it's one you can make use of daily throughout the year.
There are no gimmicks, no hoops through which to jump, no need to become a follower nor promote my blog on yours. I'd just like you to comment as usual and let me know at that time whether you'd like to be included in the random draw or not. Nothing more. Nothing less.
I'll announce the winner on Wednesday's post, along with the Posts of the Week. Everyone is eligible unless you choose to opt out. That's it. Thanks for participating and good luck!