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. Hi Tina – congrats on having your photo featured – even tho your logo was not on it – it sure was pretty awesome ((and I am sure we will see more of your work on the big screen – such professionalism and current event content – as well as the wildlife)
    and thanks for the fun theme this week

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  3. I heard on The Weather Channel how things were going to get cold in SC. I presumed may be you might get icing on your island, but I didn’t think snow. I hope you had your parka and fleece throw at the ready (or were wearing them). 🙂

    Anyway, we are waiting for the next round of winter (snow and cold) coming in tonight, and lasting into tomorrow.

    PS – If you don’t have a fireplace or wood stove, YouTube has a bunch of fireplace videos that run for about 2 hours. It’s said watching a crackling fire helps take away any chill you may be feeling. I don’t know if it works or not. Perhaps, it’s the tumbler of whiskey you might be having watching the video. Of course, the alternative is buying one of those electric fireplaces that throws out heat. 😉

    • Actually here by the southern shores our days next week are forecast at 60 to 70, and we do have a gas fireplace so we’re all set! Snuggle in and enjoy your wintry Thanksgiving David.


  4. Frost makes for some visually stunning photos, Tina, but I prefer to keep it at a distance these days. It can be relatively cold here once the sun’s gone down but I’d have to dig deep to find any really cold images. Happy Thanksgiving to you! 🙂 🙂

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  6. It’s good to hear Longfellow quoted. He’s fallen out of favor in the world of modernist literature. The full quotation, from Hyperion, is: “Believe me, every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not: and oftentimes we call a man cold when he is only sad.”

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  20. What beautiful images, Tina. You have captured the snow and ice so well.
    No cold of any degree here yet but I’ll have a look in my archives or maybe think of a wider interpretation

  21. Have to say got a chill from this post…Brrrrr! great shots however….as always!! here’s to warm winter days ahead…loved the movie star!!

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  24. Brrr – palm trees and snow don’t look right together 🙂 Like you, we don’t get very cold here, not cold enough for snow anyway but its cold enough for me. Right now it’s so hot, a little cooling would be nice. I love the ‘encapsulated’ picture and the snowy beach looks very inviting.

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  30. Interesting that you couldn’t get a response on your request for the video regarding your photo. I am looking forward to sharing a few of my “cold” photos, including a couple more from Bryce Canyon not included in my “Waiting” challenge response last week. Thanks for the shout out link!

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  32. Your prompt and take on it are fascinating. I can’t imagine only seeing snow twice in 20 years! The sweetgrass does look cool all covered in ice. What an interesting lesson to learn that someone would steal your photo. Your photos are great, I could see why they’d want to use them! Thanks for the opportunity to join in on the chills of the prompt!

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