Although we won’t see the official first day of winter for several more weeks, wintertime has definitely arrived at Sewanee! The fog seems to have settled in for the season, and we have had a few nights of sub-freezing temperatures. The above-ground structures of most herbaceous plants have died back. But there’s stark beauty in these fragile remainders. This one is goldenrod, probably Solidago canadensis. Its delicacy rivals that of Degas’ dainty dancers. This stalk won’t last the winter, but at its base the plant is alive and kicking, preparing to spring forth again to delight late-summer botanizers.