Winter is Coming. Fall is Ending. Things Look Nice All About.

Late November - Outside the house...
December is about to begin, and the squirrels are fattening up - some of them are fairly huge. They're easier to catch when they're like this. Or so I imagine, as my wife has forbidden me from making squirrel stew.

Late November - Outside the house...
I cut back the trunk of a Japanese Barberry shrub today - the bright yellow wood was exposed. Amazing stuff. I might keep some of it to make a ferrocerium rod holder.

Late November - Outside the house...
I wonder why the wood is so yellow. Perhaps there is a chemical in it that deters insects or fungus or something. I have read that historically, yellow dye was extracted from the stem, root, and bark.

Late November - Outside the house...
Here are some of the autumn leaves of the Japanese Barberry. Such a vivid red colour.

Late November - Outside the house...
These are a little more yellow / orange in colour. I'm not sure why I'm describing the colour, when all you need to do is look at the image. But hey.

Late November - Outside the house...
Ah - a sole berry hanging beneath thorns. I think that this image perfectly signifies the hanging of a berry beneath thorns.

Late November - Outside the house...
This is an oddly shaped leaf. And the colours are - well, just look. I dunno what kind of leaf this is. Anyone? Any leafologists out there?

Late November - Outside the house...
The tree at the end of the road.

Late November - Outside the house...
The tree, almost at the end of the road.

Late November - Outside the house...
This parchment-like fragment of bark somehow ended up on my front lawn. Any barkologists out there?

Late November - Outside the house...
This leaf caught my eye because it looked like it was wearing military camouflage. But of course, it is not. It is just a leaf.

Late November - Outside the house...
The juniper shrub outside of the house smells nice. I pruned it back a little.

Late November - Outside the house...
Here we are again folks. Another soft-background shot of a Japanese Barberry branch. I really like this camera.

Late November - Outside the house...
I call this shot "Piece of grass sticking up through fallen autumn leaves on a cold day". It is basically a shot of a piece of grass sticking up through some fallen autumn leaves. It was cold today, about 3 degrees above freezing. Winter is coming - I am so excited. It is my favourite time of year here in Toronto, Canada.

Late November - Outside the house...
Hello, yellow. Well, that's about the extent to which my imagination could dress up these pictures with words. I hope you've all been having a fine week. And if you haven't, well, I hope it picks up for you. Keep yer chin up...

Cheers,

Mungo

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