These are stark, light gray branches of maple trees loaded with bright red “helicopter” seeds waiting to embark on their solo flight to the ground. Actually these are called samaras or maple keys. They occur in distinctive pairs, each containing one seed enclosed in a nutlet. The contrast of the bright red seeds and the very light gray branches really jumped out at me in the late afternoon light. Click on the photograph for a larger view. Thanks for the visit and have a great evening.