Brown, White, and Blue . . .
Brown, white, and blue fills out the flag of the season marked by low light and temperatures. Late autumn, the winter proper, and early spring together sing in a harmony of three colors on clear bright days.
American Pokeweed stands shriveled and tan with a few blackened clusters of berries still in grip.
Asters of several varieties have browned and gone to seed in heads as white as frost.
Snow, a bit, marks the edges. December, a proper cold one in New York City, can still give the hiker or cross country runner gifts of discovery as long as fans of wildflowers respect and appreciate the full life cycle of urban species.
– rPs 12 12 2014