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

Sea, land, nature & 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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