Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Winter

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This week’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge theme is the season of winter. Remember you can click on each photo below for a larger view. If you like what you see, feel free to subscribe and receive nature photography updates a few times a week.

Winter in San Diego is quite different from most places in the US. It’s definitely milder but by living inland a bit (about 15 miles from the shore, past the first set of big hills), I get to enjoy more drastic changes in temperature than if I lived right by the coast. So while I can enjoy warm temperatures of 70 to 80 degrees on any given winter day, the winter nights are chilly, usually in the low 30s to 40s, and frost pays us a surprise visit many nights a winter.

I could brag and show you pictures of the warm blue skies and bold flowers we enjoy in the winter, but instead I’ll give you a taste of the cold aspect of winter here. Enjoy!

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Winter - frost on ice plants in San Diego
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Winter – frost on ice plants in San Diego

You’ll notice the frost here is more delicate and looks like a thin layer of sugar coating.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Winter - frost on leaves in San Diego
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Winter – frost on leaves in San Diego
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Winter - Frosty ice crystals on twigs
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Winter – Frosty ice crystals on twigs
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Winter - texture of frost on grass
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Winter – texture of frost on grass

Winter in San Diego also means beautiful sunrises.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Winter sunrise in San Diego
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Winter sunrise in San Diego

And beautiful sunsets, like this Christmas 2012 sunset.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Winter - San Diego sunset Christmas 2012
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Winter – San Diego sunset Christmas 2012

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Surprise – Frost in San Diego

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After six days of almost continuous rain, the clouds finally went away yesterday. We woke up to beautiful blue skies and… freezing temperatures. Upper 20s to low 30s overnight, 65 degrees during the day. A huge range of temperatures that make it hard for my body to adjust throughout the day.

The surprise here has been the FROST. Lots of it! You see people scraping their car windshields in the morning. Sensitive plants have succumbed to frost. Bye bye my beautiful basil that kept on growing. Bye bye my zucchini that I wanted to pick next week.

But you know what I like best about frost? It’s beautiful! I noticed plenty of frost at my son’s school when I dropped him off yesterday so this morning, I grabbed my camera and managed to take these pictures. Remember you can click on any image below for a larger view. Let me know what you think!

Frost on leaves in San Diego
Frost on leaves in San Diego

I love how the frost flakes look like sprinkled sugar on this stem of grass!

Frost flakes on grass
Frost flakes on grass

Another thing I love about frost is how it reflects the sunlight so softly.

Frosted leaves in San Diego
Frosted leaves in San Diego

This photo gives a whole new meaning to ice plants, don’t you think?

Frost around ice plants in San Diego
Frost around ice plants in San Diego

Even though I don’t like to be cold, I’m looking forward to more frosty mornings so I can take more pictures of frost.

Frost all over green leaves
Frost all over green leaves