The magpie in the above image was an instance of serendipity (also a recent topic of Diane's!) I had not noticed it perch in the sunlit twigs as I took the photograph.
Emerging from the shade of the conifers, you meet the softly coloured trunks of birches.
A tenacious leaf from yesteryear shines among the twigs of a young birch in bud.
Laugh in delight at the wriggly branches of Corylus contorta cascading before red dogwood stems!