January 1: Like traces of a party the morning after, Bittersweet sepals and berries are scattered under an old tree that’s been tangled in its vines for years. With winter color at a premium, the light orange sepals stand out, and the much darker orange berries have tinted the snow crystals as they’ve bled, a reminder of summer snow cones enjoyed only months ago.
Five sepals surround each berry as they grow, but only a few berries dot the snow. Birds have already consumed most of them. Maybe it’s a sign any bitterness from 2012 is finally laid to rest.