We went on a nature walk in November in the Adirondacks and were amazed at the persistence of some of these trees. They insisted on living, even thriving, while rooted around a boulder. This shot came out grainy, unfortunately; it was too cold to play with the camera's settings and the default setting at dusk is easily "confused".
My Christmas cactus almost always blooms a month early, at Thanksgiving. Its loveliness at this time makes up for its rather ordinary appearance normally. My grandmother had a gigantic one in the back of the livingroom at her house; since she is no longer in her house the cactus has found a home at Mom & Dad's.