Winter – Photo Challenge


Seems to me that I might as well join a photo challenge, while I’m trying to learn my way around my new camera, so here goes with ‘Winter’ from A Lil Hoohaa

It’s a little bit late, since this was the theme for February, but hey – the photos were taken in February, so doesn’t that count?

Now, we haven’t really had much in the way of frost or snow, and very little mist or fog, and since one can’t actually capture the feeling of very cold air in a picture, you’ll have to use your imagination a little bit1. Up there at the top, though, is rather wintry simply because of the mist combined with the blue sky and the ponies being fed hay because the grass is so thin on the ground. These ponies are being grazed on a rather limited area anyway; just a thin strip on the top of one of the many drainage dykes.

Next, I suppose, the low lighting generally should get a look-in, since that’s also a feature of this season, with or without visible manifestations of the chill factor2. Here’s a view I often get of OH and Jeffie as Sid and I pause to allow them to catch up. You see Sid, being a tripod, finds it easier to bound along at a fast-ish pace. Certainly it’s more than a fast walking pace for me, and I don’t do more than a very slow jog at the best of times. It’s not particularly comfortable for me, but it’s impossible for OH and Jeffie to keep up, so … there you go. Outlined by the low light of winter:


This winter having been so mild, we’ve seen quite a few flowers blooming relatively early, but of course, the snowdrop is famous for putting in a ‘dawn-of-the-year’ appearance, and ours were true to form and have been out for a couple of weeks now. I have doubles and singles, but I much prefer the single flowered ones.


Another dog walk, this time at the boating lake, which is a very popular dog-walking, child-walking, and general recreation area. The lake itself is frozen over, but with lots of cracks and un-frozen parts around the edges. The wildfowl seem to be managing OK, but it’s definitely not suitable for boating – or skating, come to that!


Lastly, the sunset. This is fairly wintry, since it’s either in the late autumn or winter that we get such spectacular colours here in England. The sun was sinking so fast, as I stood taking photos, that I only had time for four before it was gone. I think it was worth getting out of the car for, though, don’t you?


1 Yes, yes, I know. England doesn’t exactly reach hideously low temperatures compared to .. oh, I don’t know, Saskatchewan … but it feels bloody cold to us, OK?

2 Like snow, ice, hail, sleet, that kind of thing.

13 thoughts on “Winter – Photo Challenge

  1. lisa 2nd March 2015 / 8:57 pm

    Oh my! The colors in that last shot are simply gorgeous. I also love the mist around the ponies. It gives the shot a very magical feel. Snowdrops are so adorable but any sort of flower this time of year give me spring fever!

    • Jay 2nd March 2015 / 9:15 pm

      Thanks, Lisa! The sunset is quite unusual for England, it was so very colourful, and the sun was so big!! And I simply couldn’t resist photographing the ponies. Even with their backs to me they looked very photogenic.

  2. Peej 2nd March 2015 / 9:22 pm

    Wow, that last shot is very well done. The colors are so vivid, and the contrast is well utilized! I also really like the B&W shot! The one of the horses is really neat, too. 🙂

    • Jay 2nd March 2015 / 10:08 pm

      Thanks, PJ! I confess to a little post-processing on that one, but the colour really was that vivid, I just improved the contrast to deepen the shadows. Actually, I do quite a lot of post-processing, which I regard as the equivalent to dark-room work in the old black & white days!

  3. Valerie Daggatt 3rd March 2015 / 10:30 am

    What a fantastic sunset, it’s a good job you had the camera handy. The picture of Jeffie and OH is lovely, I can’t think you have much more to learn about photography.

    We’re all behind in the Midlands, I have no snowdrops showing, nor have I seen any in neighbours gardens. Hmm!

    • Jay 3rd March 2015 / 11:28 am

      It’s very kind of you to say so, Valerie, but I really do have quite a lot to learn – it’ll be fun, though. 🙂

      No snowdrops? Wow, and you’re not a million miles away from me!

  4. Secret Agent Woman 3rd March 2015 / 3:00 pm

    These photos make me long for the beginning of spring. I need to search my yard for signs of the early plants like snowdrops.

    • Jay 3rd March 2015 / 4:06 pm

      It feels like spring here, at last. But we have raging high winds which are chilly, together with the blue skies.

  5. Shae 3rd March 2015 / 4:42 pm

    Can I trade your mild winter for my snow filled one? PLEASE?

    • Jay 3rd March 2015 / 6:04 pm

      Ah, if only it were that simple! I have a theory that mild winters = more flu cases, so I might not be averse to your trade. OH, however, has Reynaud’s Syndrome and would answer with a definite NO!

  6. Denise / Mrs. GeoK 6th March 2015 / 2:41 pm

    It’s wonderful to have so many new participants this month, especially from places where winter isn’t quite so obvious as it is here in Canada. Welcome! I really enjoyed how you put as much effort into the blogging part of the challenge as you did the photo part of the challenge. You picked up on one of my favourite things about this time of year – the low sun angle and the way it makes for such interesting lighting all day long. And congrats on getting the depth of focus just right on the snowdrops photograph – well done!

    • Jay 6th March 2015 / 2:48 pm

      Thanks! I like to take part in challenges, but sometimes I think that readers who aren’t taking part feel it’s a bit of a swizz, so I always blog properly too. There’s always something of interest I can say to keep those readers engaged. I’m a blogger first, and photographer second.

      I love the low sun angle, but only in photographs. NOT when I’m driving or walking into it!

  7. P.J. 10th March 2015 / 2:13 pm

    There’s nothing like learning a camera than with a photo challenge. Make sure you join us each month! 😀

    Anyway, good set of shots for this month. Though it may not be snowy and such, some of the images definitely make it look cold!

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