Very cold rain and even some sleet last night let us know that even though we've had it easy this year, it's still winter. Today we were back to a beautiful winter's day. Hard to capture that beauty in a photograph; the photo creates a flatness that is like but less severe that that of a cloudy day, where the Prairie Rose (Rosa setigera) is reduced to a tangled mess and the thing that stands out the most is a patch of mud. But when the sun comes out, all of a sudden the world is simply beautiful. The Prairie Rose and all of the rest of the tangled mess that is the winter landscape is filled with golden light and dancing shadows.
The stems of the other Prairie Rose (Rosa arkansana) glow crimson.
I don't recall Rosa palustris scandens having colorful leaves in winter before, but this year they have been colorful all winter and on fine windy days they shimmer.