Many of you know by now that I don’t like cold weather. But, I haven’t been taking photos lately, and frost is beautiful.

We had -4C this morning. Not what I’m used to in West Cork! But I decided to go out to let the camera work a little bit. It’s about time, after a very photography-passive autumn. It wasn’t too bad, and I could go back inside at any time.

Honestly I don’t know how the plants will handle this, with such cold weather for two weeks. I’ll have to ask people how nature handled Storm Emma in 2018.

But in whatever case, I liked the photos I produced!

I haven’t taken photos recently. Until mid-November I didn’t have the time, and then we’ve had either strong winds or a lot of rain. I did take some photos for the rain competition, but that’s it.

I’m not much of an indoor photo taker, and even if I was, our house is always a work in progress and is NOT an environment for good photography except some random shots in my office.

I was looking through my Lightroom to see what photos I’ve taken since mid-November, and the collection is very small. Basically only photos of running gear! I really need to up my game, can’t let myself be so inactive with the camera if I want to improve my skills.

My husband asked me the other day what plans I have with photography at the moment. Really, he was fishing for Christmas gift ideas! But it made me think and it was interesting and quite inspiring. So what are my plans?

As for photos of snow or frost, these are some I’ve taken in the past and that I quite like. Both are taken in Sweden in 2017. I lived near a lovely forest area with a little creek.

While today’s photos were pretty, I do hope I don’t get any more opportunities to take frost photos in West Cork for a while!

I’m linking with Natalie’s weekend coffee share, last link-up of 2022. The link-up will be back on the 6th of January. I’ll spend the weekend in Cork city so won’t be able to visit other blogs until Sunday afternoon but I’ll get there!

25 responses to “I don’t like cold weather, but…”

  1. Marsha avatar

    Gorgeous frosty shots!

    1. Susanne avatar

      Thanks, Marsha!

  2. Writing Sparkle avatar

    I love how the frost-coated plants look. Really lovely pictures. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Susanne avatar

      Yes, they look so different and it’s another kind of beauty.

  3. Barbara avatar

    I don’t like cold weather either but these pictures are lovely.

    1. Susanne avatar

      And it was a lot of fun to take them! This is not my usual type of subject (except they are still plants) and it was good to get out with the camera.

  4. Alex avatar

    I like taking pictures in the cold but don’t like getting my hands cold 🙂

    1. Susanne avatar

      Me neither! But I use jackets for runners that cover half your hand and there’s a hole for the thumb. For being out longer, I actually have a pair of special gloves that my mother made for me, with a small opening for the index finger (for the shutter button) and thumb (for adjusting settings) on the right hand.

  5. Natalie avatar

    Susanne, Thank you for your weekend coffee share and gorgeous photos. Your photography plans sound great. I look forward to seeing more of your photos in the new year. Happy holidays!

    1. Susanne avatar

      Thank you Nathalie and I’m looking foreard to more coffee shares!

  6. Leanne | avatar

    Hi Susanne – your photography always appeals to me and those frost covered leaves and flowers were gorgeous – and very different to what we’re experiencing here in the middle of a hot 30 degree Celcius day. Have a great Christmas x

    1. Susanne avatar

      Yes, not what you’d be used to, I imagine! Enjoy your warm weather and I wish you a happy Christmas too!

  7. trent avatar

    The frost on the plants is very pretty. And flowers in December… lol. It might kill the flwoers, but I’m sure the plants will be fine (We had roses blooming all year on Cape Cod a few years ago, and a late season snow and cold snap didn’t hurt them.) It was cold here all week, so I can sympathize.
    I need to up my photography game! I spent a lot (for me) on a new lens this year and want to spend more time with it. I did post some planet and moon pictures on my coffee share a few weeks ago, but I did little besides that.

    Anyway, I hope you have a wonderful week!

    1. Susanne avatar

      It’s actually normal that some plants flower in winter here, like this one, the bush daisy, and gorse. Gorse is in bloom from December to late spring or early summer, and the bush daisy will be in bloom from December-January until autumn. It started budding just before the cold snap. But it has enormous roots, so even if these branches die, we should be able to cut it and it will grow back. Also, our daisies in the lawn start coming back in late January. I love this country. 😀

      I hope you can make some time for your new lens. Your photos of the moon were great, I’d love to see more of your photography.

  8. Julie avatar

    The frost makes the flora look so pretty!

  9. Joanne avatar

    I’m not much for cold weather either but we do get lots of snow and ice and frost here and I agree that they lend themselves so nicely to photos. Your frost photos are gorgeous!! By the time we have frost everything is pretty brown and dead but it looks beautiful on the flower. I love that juxtaposition.

    1. Susanne avatar

      You’re right, there is something special about the flowers and green leaves covered with frost – it’s odd to see it like that but it’s beautiful!

  10. Gary A Wilson avatar

    Hi – I too love your closeup shots of the frost.
    It’s like a whole world out there which is so easily missed because who can see that closely without the aid a good photographer and her camera.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Susanne avatar

      Hi Gary, thanks for your nice comment! I agree, it’s a different world that is there to be discovered. I’ve always dreamed of taking real closeup of snow flakes or frost but I’ve never managed to do that well. Or maybe it’s because it requires to stay out in the cold for too long!

  11. Kathleen Howell avatar

    These are amazing. I haven’t picked up my camera in so long. You are an inspiration!

    1. Susanne avatar

      Oh, that makes me really happy if I can inspire someone! Get the camera out and take some Christmas pics!

  12. Kirstin avatar

    WOW..those were stunning. We had an ice storm which didn’t really make for pretty photos unless I would’ve been stuck elsewhere. Sometimes the way the freezing rain looks on the trees is spectacular.

    1. Susanne avatar

      Wow, ice storms sound quite scary! I think I saw a documentary once about one in Canada (? Or northern US). I wouldn’t go out with the camera during that.

  13. Anne avatar

    Oh, wow, is that first picture of rosemary? Beautiful! The frost – we sometimes call it hoar frost here – is gorgeous when it happens. Very rare around here – we are more likely to get sleet (ick) or snow (preferred, actually). These are just lovely.

    1. Susanne avatar

      Is it never so damp where you are that you get frost when the weather gets cold, without precipitation? Yes, the first image is rosemary, I’m fascinated they’re still there. The bush daisy died after this cold snap, but the roots are enormous so there’s still hope it will come up again in the spring after I cut off the dead branches.

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