Finding colour in the winter hedge

I have written about the brilliance of gorse before. It really is the emblem of Cornwall, as it seems to be in flower all year around. The leaves were late falling this year, and now that the hedgerows are bare, when the light is low, it brings out all sorts of colour in the different barks, twigs and shadows. Not just grey or brown, you can see lilacs, burgundys, siennas, ochres and grey blues. This is offset by the gorse, that saffron buttery sulphurous yellow which is so heavily saturated.

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