116: Icy cold

(Winter trees.)

I love the way the days this month have lined up so well with my challenge dates.  Day 116 on the 16th.  It makes me feel more balanced than it ought to.

(In the snow cave.)

Yesterday’s warm-up brought today’s cool-down.  The slight melting packed the snow, making everything crunchy and a little icy.  It’s very pretty in the sunlight.

(Creekside blues.)

It’s 18 degrees outside right now.  Feels like 8, they say, when you figure in the wind chill factor.  It feels almost that cold inside right now, too.  We had a fire going in the fireplace and the wind caused a downdraft that brought a lot smoke into the house.  We had to open a window to air things out.  Brrrr!

(Tungsten view of the pond.)

It’s going down to near zero tonight, but we’ll be back up to 30 tomorrow.  Thank goodness.  The 90 minutes of cross-country skiing lesson is tomorrow.

But let’s warm things up…

(Today’s view of the pond.)

Not a lot.   Just enough so things look as they should.

(Still cold.  Just not as blue.)

I played with tungsten in the manual mode while out and about today.  I will probably appreciate the icy blue look more in August when it’s hot and humid here.


This black-capped chickadee followed me on my walk today.  I don’t know if he was curious about me and where I was going or if he thought I might have brought some food along.  I’ll have to remember to bring food with me next time.  Just in case.

Here is a cool fact about the black-capped chickadee courtesy of All About Birds:

Every autumn Black-capped Chickadees allow brain neurons containing old information to die, replacing them with new neurons so they can adapt to changes in their social flocks and environment even with their tiny brains.

(Mourning Dove.)

Looks like the smoke finally cleared.  I think I’ll go watch the birds for a while, see who shows up at the feeder.  One of these days I’m going to capture the brilliant red male cardinal.  He sure is a shy guy.


32 Comments on “116: Icy cold”

  1. Anna says:

    Oh Wow! I love the 1st photo of winter trees looking infrared, and the 3rd photo, Creekside blues, looking mystical. You are sure doing well in capturing bird shots. 🙂

  2. Christina says:

    What Anna said goes for me too. Love those shots. So jealous of the chickadee photo. I love those little birds but I’d need to be further up in the hills around here to see them.

  3. I love the first picture! Its absolutely beautiful! Have fun tomorrow!

  4. jenna says:

    I think the tiny brain in my head needs to kill off some neurons so they can be replaced. That’s one smart chickadee.

    Brrrrr on the fire place fiasco!!

  5. Corina says:

    I love all the pictures! I absolutely love the Creekside Blues one. In fact, if it’s okay with you, I might print it out and put it in my picture prompt file so I might let it inspire me to write something some day, hopefully soon.

    I wish I could let parts of my memory die, like the chickadee. It seems that what I want to remember, I can’t and what I want to forget, stays with me forever.

  6. Marcie says:

    Exquisitely beautiful winter scenes and images!

  7. It’s going up to 30 deg. tomorrow? That’s near zero celcius! I freeze when we have 16 deg. C in winter! How do the poor little birds fly? It’s a wonder their wings aren’t frozen solid. The one who followed you may have wanted to take refuge with you in your house!

    If it helps warm you up, today is fine & sunny here, with 28 deg. C (or 82 F). Humidity is 62%. Hope that helped, or your fireplace is working again!

    • Robin says:

      I often wonder how the birds manage it, Joanne. Or the other animals, for that matter.

      Thanks for your weather report. I’m feeling warmer already. 😀

  8. Oooh. The picture inside of the snowcave is all crystalline and beautiful!

  9. photobyholly says:

    Very nice – liking the bird shots!! We had the same temperature here today, but without the beautiful blue sky… I hope you are able to get a shot of a cardinal, I’ve never been able to. Whenever I see one in the winter, I always think it’s so striking – the brilliant red against the crisp white of the snow – just beautiful!!

  10. Kala says:

    I do love the perspective and processing in “Winter Trees”.

  11. The chickadee gets my vote today. These are all nice photos, thanks for sharing! Nicely done.

  12. melodydemone says:

    I don’t know if I even want to admit this, but the photos are so beautiful, that I not only want to purchase them, I feel a strong urge to visit this place.

    I’ve never been so moved by a photo before, it almost felt like it was somewhere I could have been before, like a home (and I hate the cold, so that is really strange)

    Thank you

    • Robin says:

      Thank you so much, Melody. That’s a wonderful compliment, to have my photos touch someone that way. 🙂

      Thank you, also, for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate it.

  13. penpusherpen says:

    The Winter Trees reminded me of the inside of an eye, (the webbing veins when the optician shines his light in ) first glance that is, then my tired brain sorted it out…Beautiful photo…IN fact all of them are, and isn’t Nature marvellous? I just want to do the same as the Chickadee, now where shall I start with my ‘hard drive’, firing my old useless neurons!!. 😉 xPenx

  14. ladyfi says:

    Cold has never looked as beautiful as in your shots. Stunning!

  15. Kel says:

    i only recently saw chickadees for the first time while skiing at tremblant’s nordic park
    when we stopped by the river to see the ice forming, all these little creatures came down from the tree tops, some sat on our heads, it was amazing – very social little birds

    looking forward to hearing about the ski lesson – something we should have done before teaching ourselves bad habits!

    • Robin says:

      It was a fun lesson, Kel. Tiring, but fun. I’m glad we did it. We had acquired a few bad habits teaching ourselves but they were easily worked out.

  16. Marianne says:

    Robin, the photos are pretty neat looking.

    I love those little chickadees in the winter. They’re just so very cute.

  17. Robin says:

    Thanks, Marianne. 🙂

    The chickadees are my favorites in winter. They are very social little creatures. I don’t know how they stand the cold.

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