As the summer draws to a close and our local world prepares to shut down for the season of cold sleep we might think that winter and it's slice of death is ugly.
No, it isn't. It's a time of rest and rejuventation for plants and animals and a time for the introspective among us to quieten down and look inside.
It's easy to dismiss dead branches and a blanket of snow as being worthless,but if you look at the photo you'll find the goldfinch uses the tree as a lookout as it waits for a chance to get to the feeder.
What's dead to us is a useful lookout, a meeting place, and a home for assorted critters that birds such as woodpeckers feast on.
Dead? Yes. Useless? No.
I'm sure this goldfinch is grateful for the chance to perch a moment to make sure it is safe to feed and I'm equally sure that the woodpeckers who'll be around later on this season are looking forward to their meals in these branches.
This tree still serves a purpose, death has changed the purpose, but it is still useful.
It's not a perspective all that many of us have. I'm grateful I have it.