Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Winter

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

More photos of frost in San Diego

This is the rest of the photos of frost I took these past few weeks in San Diego, California. You can find my other photos of frost here and here. I think this may have been my last opportunity to photograph frost this winter, since we’ve been experiencing a warming trend. And what a warming it has been! While the rest of the USA is suffering from subzero temperatures, we’re enjoying afternoons in the low 80s. How crazy is that? Of course, there’s a chance the warmth won’t last and we’ll have a few more frosty mornings before the end of winter. We’ll see, but in the meantime, I’m pretty happy with the large set of photos I got.

Remember you can click on any photo below for a larger view.

I think this may be my favorite frost photo of all. What do you think?

Frosty plants in San Diego
Frosty plants in San Diego

Here’s some frost on a spider web. And what a messy spider web it is!

Frost on spider web
Frost on spider web

I like the look of the frost on these dried flowers, covering every petal. And I really like the bluish gray tint from the winter morning’s light.

Delicate frost on plants and flowers
Delicate frost on plants and flowers

Here’s a dusting of frost on dried leaves. Did somebody sprinkled powdered sugar?

Frost on dried leaves
Frost on dried leaves

Here’s the last photo, showing not only frost but also small ice crystals on this leaf. It almost looks like a hairy leaf!

Frost on the edge of a leaf
Frost on the edge of a leaf