This is a favorite woods of mine – there’s a lot of American beech mixed in with pine and oak. Beech trees, especially the younger ones, are “reluctantly deciduous.” They don’t let last season’s leaves fall. In winter that means beeches are bright against the dark trunks and bare branches of the neighboring trees. One walk there recently, I heard a woman tell her daughter that this was a enchanted forest. For me, the beech trees provide the enchantment. Here are two views, one on a misty day in December and another after a snowfall. Click the image for a larger version.
Basically the same scene in each view, but the fresh snow and light differences make for a different character.