While I was in Kitchener, Ontario, for Christmas, visiting my two-week old grandson, his siblings and parents, I took some time to explore the many paths and bridges which weave through a large residential area (subdivision?) just north of the 401 and the New Dundee Road. The open areas are meant to control storm water and, in so doing, provide marsh and field habitat for birds, deer (seen two years ago, but may be getting forced out by the relentless construction of houses) and probably smaller mammals.
This post has a selection of seed heads and dried flowers from that walk.
Pussywillows, cat tails, rough winds, no roses….
The little bit of colour on that gray day came from sumac, cranberries and the red stems of shrubs.
Only a couple of the plants looked better in black and white.