To take a break from gift wrapping, wreath hanging, and card writing, I went out for a walk this afternoon through one of the town's conservation areas.
The landscape, decorated in subdued tones, was a welcome balm for the intensity of seasonal demands.
I couldn't entirely clear my mind of holiday activities: I saw nature's tree-trimming efforts draped in garlands of bittersweet . . .
. . . dangling seed pod ornaments . . .
. . . and a spouting profusion of stars . . .
. . . while back at home, human hands were busy decorating the Christmas tree.
Inside and outside, happy holidays to all!