Winter Photo Challenge 2023

 I hadn't been motivated to take all that many photos once winter hit; I rarely do since I feel like we spend more time at home and everything in nature seems so dead and brown.  So when I saw this photo challenge on Leslie's blog I thought it sounded like fun and decided to join her.  I didn't get every photo taken but I did find something to fit most categories.  


Through the Window

I spotted this hawk sitting on a tree outside our bathroom window


Snuggly 

Keeping warm on our hikes with a snuggly sweatshirt


Cozy Place

this puzzle looks like the perfect cozy place


Weather

Our weather has been all over the place this winter


 Twinkle

The icy trees twinkle in the sunlight


Pattern

I love the pattern all these branches make against the sky


Shadow

We love seeing shadows on our hike since that means the sun is out!


Frosty

We've had just a few frosty mornings this winter


Toasty

The fire pit kept us toasty warm at the Fire and Ice festival.


Something I'm Working On

I've been working on all sorts of cards this winter


Love

I LOVE making fresh bread and we've made some sort of loaf each week to go with our soup


handmade

We've been whipping up lots of yummy recipes! 


Winter clothes 

Wearing all the winter clothes to head out hiking


boots

One of my favorite pairs of boots 


fun

The fire and ice festival was fun


door


shopping 

I picked up a treat for myself while out shopping


fancy

I used a fancy glittery French manicure for our date night in March


lights

 
These mini lights are wrapped around one of the pillars of the bridge we hike


fragrance 

These mint chocolate cookies smelled so good!


workout

Hiking in the slush and snow is quite a workout


something red

Alec's cake was topped with a red cup made of Rice Krispie treats and fondant


relaxation

Relaxing in front of the woodstove with a good book


movement

Waterfalls are my favorite when hiking


still 

The lake did freeze a time or two this winter and it's so neat to see the water so still


sweet

A sweet treat on our date


savory

A delicious hot chowder was so savory


feminine

One of my favorite cakes at the contest was this sweet butterfly one; it looked so feminine and pretty

candlelight

Even though the smell reminds me of summer, I love the candlelight given off by this coconut candle


golden hour

I love that golden hour is now right around dinnertime! 

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Comments

  1. Great photos! For a season spent largely indoors, you were still able to get many great shots. The beauty of winter is evident as well; it's definitely more subtle than in the "colorful" seasons but it is there and you captured it.

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  2. So many great shots! Love all of the treats- a wintertime staple for sure :)

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    1. I really do find we bake so much more in the winter.

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  3. I definitely need a challenge to keep creative photography going! I think I see challah - my recipe? :)

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    1. Yes! That is your recipe. :) It's always my "go to!"

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  4. It is so hard to take photos during the winter with everything being so dull and bleak. You have got some fantastic photos though.

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    1. It really is; I find it's the season I am least motivated to take any.

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  5. The "pattern" picture is my favorite! The contrast of the branches against that bright blue sky - stunning!

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  6. Crack me up that LOVE was bread. I think my husband would approve, haha.
    XOXO
    Jodie

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  7. What a great way to look for the beauty in winter. I enjoyed all of your selections, and I love those boots. Very nice.

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  8. Your photos are always amazing! I really liked the golden hour one! Do you ever frame any of them?

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    1. I don't! But I have been thinking of blowing up one or two and hanging them around the house or perhaps even using a bunch to make some calendars for 2024.

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  9. Sometimes we need a little external motivation. Your certainly rose to the challenge with there great photos, Joanne.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Aw, thank you! I find in winter I need all the motivation I can find.

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  10. Fantastic photos, Joanne.
    The icy tree is my favourite.

    Hugs and blessings

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  11. Wow. you did so well meeting those prompts. I hope by now, you are seeing signs of Spring. Loved the cakes and your new craft ideas too. I always enjoy seeing your latest selfies...it's a great spot where you do your photo. Thanks for linking up your post for this week’s Wednesday’s Words and Pics at Denyse Whelan Blogs. Your presence in the WWandP community is valued. I hope to see you next week! Denyse.

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    1. We're seeing a few signs of spring but we do have snow in this weekend's forecast!

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  12. So many gorgeous shots. I really like the one for "pattern."

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  13. Challenges are always fun and your photos are beautiful, Joanne. Having a specific prompt can produce a photo which you might not have taken. Thanks for sharing. #WWandP

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  14. These are great shots for the prompts throughout winter Joanne. I like these types of challenges as they get us thinking and observing!

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  15. Looks like some fun themes and great photos to go with it. Thanks for sharing at Pictorial Tuesday.

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