Even at the onset of winter, there is the hope of new life. The evergreen trees bear cones and each cone contains the spores that provide that new balsams, spruces, pines, cedars, and other conifers can start anew.
The trees remain green all year. That is a refreshing sign against the stark reality of the cold whiteness of winter.
This tree is from my backyard right here in Wausau, WI.