The first season of the year, winter, casts its sometimes harsh but brilliant light on the creatures who live to reach up into the light. Trees. Alabama boasts a wide variety of them. In the countryside, along trails, bordering streams, they move into the sky in tangled, complex nets of rough branches. And when the sun rises or sets, they soak up shadows and become almost theatrical silhouettes, bit players who, together, create a big visual drama.
A white River Birch stands at the front of a mix of hardwood trees.
On the landing path at Huntsville International Airport, the Bradford Creek Greenway runs four mile through dense hardwood and pine trees, along a creek, against a horse farm.
The hanging pods of a crepe myrtle superimpose shapes against the smooth gradation of a sky near dusk.
On the boundary between Madison and Huntsville, the Indian Creek Greenway features views of many kinds of trees, some growing in farm fields and others along the creek banks.
Wheeler Lake provides many roads and trails along its long shoreline for recreation and sight-seeing.
The Beaverdam Swamp Boardwalk is a short trek through wetlands populated with tupelo trees. The water is slow-moving and calm.
Bright red maple leaves reach across to the leftover orange leaves of fall.
Near Mill Road in Madison, Alabama, this lone tree guards passage into the field.
Contrails and cirrus clouds pick up the colors of dusk, overlaid with the silhouettes of trees, near Cullman, Alabama.