A Year with the trees is about getting to know and appreciate the trees - using all of our senses.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
December 4 - Ilex montana - Mountain Winterberry
When the Mountain Winterberry loses all their leaves, this small tree is covered in bright red berries. These red berries will be eaten by wildlife after a few frosts. It seems that wildlife knows instinctively not to eat the berries until after several frosts. For after the frosts, the toxic properties in the berries are no more.
Going out on a cold early winter's day for a walk, I can feel peace in the life that surrounds me in nature.