It’s Chilly Outside!

But my heart is warm!

The WordPress Daily Prompt provides the theme of Frigid, which is rather appropriate, given the Spring temperatures here in New England!

Winter is one of my favorite times of year, as there are those days when Nature is stunningly beautiful, as she’s covered by a blanket of snow.  Great photography, particularly, as many people prefer to stay indoors on those days!

Here are some examples of the cooler environs, in which we find ourselves…

Variety of cold environments abounds!

Have a wonderful day, and stay warm!

Cloaked in Silence

Snow’s gentle cloak wrapped the landscape

The WordPress Daily Prompt has the theme of Cloaked.  This is a very interesting topic, as it can range from deep space to simply wearing a cloak (whatever happened to good old-fashioned cloaks with many pockets?)

The one thing that came to mind immediately was one of the images from a beach excursion during January of 2015; we had just had a tremendous amount of snow, which created one of those rare opportunities to photograph the beaches in the snow.  The beaches were very much deserted, as it was not great swimming weather; and with the snow, the landscape was silent and beautiful.

A cold day at the beach…

Silent Beach

With the gorgeous light and frozen scenery, it made for a fantastic day to be out there photographing.  With ample layers and warm boots, there was no limit to what we could see!

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 38

Cool photos and text!

It’s still pretty chilly here in New England, and we even received some nice fresh snow to brighten up the landscape.  Despite the chill, the participation in this week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge theme of Cold has been phenomenally hot!

There was a great mix of both new and long-time participants, and each of you provided your own very cool interpretation of the theme, ranging from icy leaves to glaciers and cold sand!

Here’s a little touch of Winter from a couple of years ago on a rather cold day…

Blue Canoe

I drove by this scene on my commute on a sleety day, as I caught view of the canoe out of the corner of my eye; the splash of color in an otherwise drab landscape stood out.

The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:

  • ladyleemanila was first out of the blocks this week with lots of great images; go check them out!
  • Xenia first post in her blog came with a haiku and 2 great photos of her whippets enjoying the snow; her second post in included a tanka and her whippets running through snow!  They definitely enjoy themselves.
  • Progressing Into Solitude shared a wonderful post with amazing images, each of which is chilling to say the very least!
  • Stella made her first contribution to the challenge with a great wintry scene in her blog Giggles & Tales, which is a fun blog to read every day!
  • Unexpected in Common Hours is a great blog and her photos made me feel that the birds were better equipped for the cold than I am.
  • Emily’s post in her blog, Zombie Flamingoes captured some nice icicles on a rather frosty water art installation.
  • Candy’s entry in her blog, Netdancer’s Musings and Photography, shows us her beautiful lilacs during a very cold Spring morning; I hope those lilacs did okay.
  • Miriam’s post in her great blog The Showers of Blessing takes us to Alaska for some great photos of a glacier and ice in the bay!
  • The New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect is a wonderful blog, in which Marie posted an image of people staying warm on a cold night; I want one of those pretzels!
  • Leaking Ink brings us something that many of us (in colder climates) have encountered on a chilly morning…go check it out!
  • Judith ran into a problem with her heating that made her experience cold in a wau we don’t like; she still found time to post a great photo in Nature Knows Best; hope the heat is fixed.
  • Debbie’s shares with us the cold sand in her post in Forgiving Connects; the sand may be cold, but it looks like her path is filled with warmth.
  • Steve jumped into the challenge with the results of an ice storm in his photo in Steve Newcomb Photography.  A wonderful shot!
  • Latebreaking entries:
  • …and Nikki posted a rather cool shot in her blog Flying through Water, where she captured wintry mix in a leaf.
  • …and Khürt added a well chilled shot in his blog Island in the Net, where he found inspiration in mead…go check it out!

Thanks to each of you for your participating in this week’s challenge.  I really appreciate the wonderful posts that you have put together and the creativity that you have put into each of them!

Winter Beach Weather

Are you feeling it?

As the chilly season is really begining to exert its hold on the New England area, we’re facing a pretty cold weekend and it’s even snowing outside!  It makes me think back to a couple of years ago, when I joined John Slonina to do some beach front photography (and more) during a rather cold and bright January day.

This is from a record-setting Witner in our area, when snow fall records were shattered and we had enough snow in our yard that we couldn’t look over it to get out of our driveway.  All in all, a beautiful time of year…

These images give an idea of Winter can be like in this neck of the woods, both beautiful and rather cold!

Inspired by this week’s TPC: Cold.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Cold

Baby, it’s cold outside!

Welcome to Week 38 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.  This first TPC of 2017 is something appropriate for the season that we’re currently experiencing in the Northeast of the United States, as temperatures have started dropping for the onslaught of the lovely time of year that we call Winter.

The theme for this week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge is Cold!  Of course, cold is a relative concept, and it doesn’t require that you’re in a colder climate to capture it…  Use your imagination and let it roam free with the excitement of the new year to interpret your view of cold.

Here’s an image from almost 10 years ago that gives an idea of how cold it can be in this area…

Connecticut River Flow

This capture from January of 2007 came from a little expedition to the town of Deep River, Connecticut, where I went to give a presentation on action photography to the local camera club.  As I arrived early in the afternoon, I decided to do a little sightseeing and found this lovely view of the Connecticut river.

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

Have fun going out there (or staying indoors) to capture cold (just don’t catch a cold!) in your style!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 1D MkII using an EF 70-200 f/2.8L lens.  Exposure settings were at f/7.1 and 1/200 second with 250 ISO.  Just fast enough so that I wouldn’t add shake to the lens from the outside temperature.

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