Weekly Photo Challenge: Winter Warmth

I’ve been looking longingly at all the winter snow photos this last week or so–those gorgeous scenes of glistening whiteness.  I can imagine the hush and the magical quality only snow can bring.  (I know, there is always a downside…the cold, the shoveling, the need to bundle to go outdoors…)

Winter, in these parts means no snow…ever.  Some will quickly contradict me and recount the snowfall of ’68 or the one in ’96.  But honestly, a few rogue snowflakes that melt upon contact don’t really count as a snowfall, they were just teasers of what might be…

So, for me, winter comes in distinctive San Diego style.  Most Christmases are sunny and reasonably warm.  Temperatures in the 60s are usual during the day…it cools off quickly when the sun sets.  On the first day of winter, I caught this glimpse of the warmth in a black and white reflection of the sun on the beach at low tide.

sun reflection in black and white

And at sunset, a little further up the road, I caught the warmth of the sun behind the pelicans as they soared along the air currents before darkness enveloped this longest night.

sunset with 3 pelicansAnd I got a new camera for Christmas, actually my husband and I got it for each other, after years of taking all of my photos with my iPhone.  (The two photos above were taken with my iPhone.)  So today, we headed out to experiment with this new toy.  Of course the beach is one of my favorite places to go for photo inspiration.  Because it was high tide, we didn’t get to walk the beach, but I did catch this seagull in flight.  I love the brilliant blues of the unedited shot–you can see a glimpse of the warmth of the sun on the wings of the bird.

seagull in flight

And playing around as I was climbing back up the wooden stairway access to the beach, I happened to catch my husband in a game of peekaboo as I snapped a shot looking up toward the warmth of the sun through the wooden structure.

peekabooUsing the macro end of the zoom lens, I took some shots of flowers I found near the beach.  I love the way this daisy glows in the warmth of the sun.  The play of sun and shadow seems just right with these colors.


And my husband pointed out yesterday that he managed to keep one of the potted poinsettias we bought last year alive all year…and sure enough, there it was, still in the pot in our backyard with its bracts turning red!  Poinsettias grow well here–in fact, Encinitas is known for the Ecke Poinsettias that produce the majority of poinsettias that are sold each year.  We’re always planning to to plant them in the yard after the holidays…maybe this year, after this success, we will!  I grew up not far from here with a large poinsettia plant in our backyard that grew as tall as our garage before my mom hacked them back down each year after the blooming season.

poinsettia in the wild

So this week I am borrowing the weekly photo challenge prompt from the Daily Post and inviting folks at the NWP iAnthology and and those who follow my blog to share their images of winter warmth.

You can post your photo alone or along with some words: commentary, a story, a poem…maybe even a song! I love to study the photographs that others’ take and think about how I can use a technique, an angle, or their inspiration to try something new in my own photography. (I love a great mentor text…or mentor photo, in this case!)

I share my photography and writing on social media. You can find me on Instagram and Twitter using @kd0602. If you share your photos and writing on social media too, please let me know so I can follow and see what you are doing. To help our Weekly Photo community find each other, use the hashtag #warmth for this week and include @nwpianthology in your post.

Where do you find the warmth in the winter?  On the glistening of sunshine on snow?  The crackling warmth of a roaring fire?  Hands cupped around a warm mug of coffee?  A hug of a loved one?  Go out and snap those images of winter warmth…can’t wait to see the warmth through your lens!









9 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Winter Warmth

    1. kd0602 Post author

      Ah…the light! You are so right, and with my camera in my hand I am always in search of light and shadow. I look forward to your post about light!
      Thanks Margaret.


  1. gracer77

    It’s amazing how much warmth comes across in that black and white shot! Beautiful! And what camera did you get? I have something “warm” to share but it seems I cannot inset an image into this post….I will try to post in the iAnthology. Happy Holidays and thank you for your inspirational images!

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