Lens-Artists Challenge #73 – COLD

Come, little leaves, put on your dresses of red and gold; for Summer is past, and the days grow cold.”

George Cooper

Snow, sweetgrass, winter


Last week I posted some images of our beautiful, pink/purple sweetgrass in response to Amy’s “Waiting” challenge. By contrast, my opening image above shows what happens to sweetgrass when we experience a rare coating of winter snow.

Kiawah, snow, palmetto


“If you think my winter is too cold, You don’t deserve my spring.”

Erin Hanson

Having lived in the south for 20 years now, my husband and I have seen snow here exactly twice. As such, I hesitate to complain when our friends and family in the north suffer much more difficult winters. But last week’s extremely abrupt turn to cold, windy rain prompted me to consider the coming season, which led me to this week’s challenge: COLD.

ice covered plant


“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”

John Steinbeck

In my younger days I enjoyed snow skiing. Back then we had the right clothing for winter temps and enjoyed the rush of adrenaline as our workout on the slopes warmed and exhilarated us. The inevitable return to the lodge, typically with a raging fire and a hot cup of cocoa, was the perfect reward. Let’s just say my days of enjoying the cold are behind me forever 😀. Happily, here on Kiawah we are back in the 60s with lots of warming sunshine – at least for now.

Downed branch in snow


“Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories.”

Anne Bradstreet

Despite my feelings about the cold, on each of the two occasions when snow and ice arrived on Kiawah, my husband and I bundled up in whatever warm clothes we could find and headed out to explore the beautiful scenery. I will admit that if I didn’t love photography, chances are I would have passed on the scenic opportunities and stayed cozy and warm at home.

icicles on beach sign, Kiawah Island


“If the world is cold, make it your business to build fires.”

Horace Traubel

I have fond memories of both of our winter storms. In one favorite moment we were watching golf on NBC. Incredibly, there on the screen popped one of my photographs! It was my husband holding the flag on one of our golf greens. The commentator was illustrating the rarity of “snow on Kiawah’s Ocean Course”.  I had posted the image on Facebook for a friend who was out of town. Unfortunately, in my excitement I’d neglected to add my copyright. That’s the last time THAT will happen.

Snow, Ocean Course, Kiawah Island


“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold.”


The infamous photograph is included above. You’ll notice it now has a copyright 🙂.  We tried in vain to get the network to send us a video of the moment but alas, never got one.

snow, Kiawah, Beach


“Often times we call a man cold, when he is only sad.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

For those who may be wondering, I’ve mixed the images throughout my post to show both of our wintery events. My final image above shows Kiawah’s beautiful beach covered in icy snow. Happily it doesn’t happen often but when it does it is truly magical. 


Many thanks to those of you who responded to Amy’s “waiting” challenge.  We enjoyed your creativity and as always Amy, Patti, Ann-Christine and I greatly appreciate your support of our challenge.


Lens-Artists welcomes Wendy of My Plaid Heart, who joins us with a fun post about waiting for whisky (with no e 😃)

Hard to believe it’s “that time again” but Celia of  WordWacker shares her thoughts on waiting for Santa

John of Journeys with Johnbo shares a wait for the perfect moment at Utah’s beautiful Bryce Canyon National Park


We look forward to seeing your interpretation of “cold”. It could be snow and ice, or a frosty window pane, or even your favorite flavor of ice cream! Please remember to link your response to my original post as the reader links are not working correctly, and to add the Lens-Artists Tag to help us find you.

Finally, for those who celebrate, we wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by those you hold most dear.



242 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #73 – COLD

  1. Beautiful pictures Madam.. So much ice and snow.. ❄️❄️❄️❄️
    “If you think my winter is too cold, You don’t deserve my spring.” .. Well, I need only Icy Winters. Spring or Summer may leave for good.. 🙂

      • Haha.. No issues Madam.. 🙂
        Your photographs are very very beautiful.. Appreciate your painstaking efforts for showcasing such a beauty of nature, which as you say, is quite rare at your place..!! ☺️❄️

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  7. Wonderful photos – as always. (How do you keep up with answering so many comments!!!?)
    We’ve had 35 inches of snow here in Alberta since the beginning of September, but so far the weather keeps going back to being fall and most of it melts. I’m really looking forward, however, to spending a few months in Arizona early in the new year. Ice and snow is pretty to look at, but not much fun after a couple of months of the stuff…

    • Yikes Margy, Arizona it is!!! “Months of the stuff”??? Oh my😱. As for the comments, we love them. It’s time-consuming but easy during quiet moments every now and then. Thanks for your lovely comment and visit

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  14. Hi Tina you are certainly famous in my book – copyrighted or not. Beautiful images. I decided to cool down by posting some cold related images. Tomorrow the prediction is 33 degrees (91 in your vernacular). While very different our post are similar as the island called Africa like Kiawah does not experience a lot of snow;

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  21. Tina, these cold snaps of yours are certainly chilling my bones for sure as temperature in my city never dropped below 10.4°C (50.7°F) during winter. I also haven’t seen snowfall, so can you wonder how will I react if I experience it for the first time 🙂

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