Closeup of kiwi vine trunks with eye-like knot and peeling bark

Here on the West Coast, the predominant winter colours are green and brown – hues that I find restful and in a way, reassuring. With no foliage or flowers on the deciduous trees and vines, their architecture comes to the fore. Life seems simplified: whittled down to the basics, quiet and less complicated than during the growing season.

In our kiwi patch, there’s no sign left of those luscious yellows of fall – only bare limbs, peeling bark and the deep slumber of winter. Still, I can’t help feeling the vines are secretly awake, watching intently from their corner of the garden for any possible hint of spring.

About Laurie MacBride, Eye on Environment

Photographer focused on nature and nautical on the BC coast

5 responses »

  1. paintdigi says:

    Happy 2017
    Good posts, beautiful blog.

  2. Pat Pressentin says:

    Thanks for the quiet joy that resonates with curiosity in your writing as you roam island Northwest in search of topics. I have a cabin there seldom visited in the winter but your observations and photos bring it back. The trunks also look like Malus fusca or even yew instead of kiwi. Pat

    • Thanks so much, Pat! There is so much in the natural world to be curious about, isn’t there? We have Malus fusca on our property too, but I hadn’t noticed the similarity. Yew trees – now there’s a curious bark for sure…maybe a topic for a future post.

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