This challenge made me look at trees in winter in a completely different way. I started noticing the way the early morning and late afternoon light casts the trunks and branches in varying degrees of shadow, which would make a great black & white image. I noticed the range of green shades in the cedar trees. I saw the actual challenge in the challenge.
My ideal picture for this is barren trees against a brilliant sunset, but in the time alloted for this challenge, the conditions haven't been right. I wasn't able to get out with my camera on the few sunny evenings we've had, and the evenings I was free, the weather didn't cooperate. I will eventually get the shot I want, but not right now.
Instead I chose a photo from a beautiful afternoon at the Dallas Arboretum a few days before Christmas.