Sombre November

“Since golden October declined into sombre November. . .
the land became brown sharp points of death
in a waste of water and mud.” – T.S. Eliot

It’s our practice every Christmas season to get a small tree from a wooded secondary road we know well…we dig the tree up, root ball and all, and plant it in a large container on our balcony. We usually string it with lights for the holidays and tuck treats for the birds into the branches. Come warmer weather, assuming it has wintered well, we replant the tree in a place we can return to years later to check its growth. One such tree — a tiny, “Charlie Brown” pine — is now well over fifteen feet tall and thriving.

On our short hike to find a tree today, I took some photos of the November woods — neutral, brown, beige, cream, grey, celadon — sombre indeed, but still, in its own way, breathtakingly beautiful and vibrant.

[photos © Nancy Bond]


Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

2 thoughts on “Sombre November”

  1. I wish November looked like this also in the grey city where I come from.

    Nice blog. I was searching around for music blogs and happened on your page. Well, I’m a musician and a poet, so nothing wrong ;)

    Have the best of days!

    peace & ciao

  2. Hi Nancy, LOVE your photography. I especially appreciate the tree ring, also reminding me of the spiral of life. Lovely…

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