Today I decided to revisit a plant I photographed last week; the turkish filbert had the female flowers out today along with the male catkins! I have a few good captures I’ll post later on my website. But close by another plant caught my attention… not because it was in spring bloom, but because all the ingredients to capture a fleeting moment were just right. Needles on a dead branch of Pinus uncinata, damaged from the difficult winter we had here in Philadelphia, were radiating a warm glow against the blue sky. Other branches were also broken, needles past this stage of luminosity and a much drabber brown. But this branch was at just the right phase of compartmentalizing off, giving me the opportunity to capture the fleeting beautiful burnt orange color… finding beauty in this moment of a conifer’s decline.