When the last leaves fall, deciduous trees reveal their character and history in trunks and branches, silhouetted against the winter sky.

 

 

Christmas lights can look very pretty in the bare branches of a deciduous tree but evergreens hold on to something of their old magic as a symbol of life in the short days of winter.

 

 

Tina’s theme for the Lens-Artists’ Challenge #178 is You Choose.  As trees are a recurring subject in Beyond the Window Box they seemed an appropriate choice but Christmas trees had to make room for some other winter trees as well.