There’s a phase of winter when trees are completely void of leaves and the branches stand out like fingers reaching for the sky.
Despite the cold, the afternoon sunlight is golden and turns the somewhat barren landscapes into warm, dynamic scenes with eye-catching contrast between light and shadow.
I might be wrong, but I find that these scenes look much more interesting during this period than, say, spring. The skies are very often clear, with some haze in the valleys and over the horizon. A long lens really help in finding good compositions.