These thorny natives offer no comfort:
The dried fruit clusters of sumac that are common along roadsides look like dead wet rats. Not very cheery.
a dried up hydrangea is a familiar sight around older homes,
And the lavender blooms of an invasive chinaberry are replaced with drab beige fruits that will bore us all winter. For a long time I didn't know what they were...I thought maybe they were some kind of ornamental pear.
Finally, a weeping willow cries as it loses the last of its leaves.
If you think you can stand it, you can see the rest of my depressing December week 4 pictures here.