Winter’s First Bite

(This Viburnum’s red jewels make a striking contrast against the snow at dawn.)

“November December comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.
With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.
The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.”

–  Elizabeth Coatsworth


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Author: nancybond

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

10 thoughts on “Winter’s First Bite”

  1. Beautiful in its simplicity, Nancy! The red berries are the perfect festive touch at this time of year. I hope to participate in your first snowfall project soon–our first real snow is on its way tonight.

  2. Lovely, Nancy, thanks! “Earth sinks to rest.” Such a beautiful image, as if, like so many of her creatures, the earth herself were hibernating…

  3. Yes, that’s highbush cranberry, V. trilobum. One of my favourites, but I’m finding that viburnums are just awesome all of the time. Love how the fruit just glow on this shrub, at least til the birds get at it.

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