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.
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.
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.
Here are some of the autumn leaves of the Japanese Barberry. Such a vivid red colour.
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.
Ah - a sole berry hanging beneath thorns. I think that this image perfectly signifies the hanging of a berry beneath thorns.
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?
The tree at the end of the road.
The tree, almost at the end of the road.
This parchment-like fragment of bark somehow ended up on my front lawn. Any barkologists out there?
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.
The juniper shrub outside of the house smells nice. I pruned it back a little.
Here we are again folks. Another soft-background shot of a Japanese Barberry branch. I really like this camera.
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.
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...
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