This week’s topic for Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge is things that are cold.
I see a pattern with my images: they are mostly based on the weather. Snow and ice and cold is all I can think about. The temperatures will drop this weekend to their lowest of the winter so far.
I wonder how I would have done this challenge in the summer time? Maybe images of ice-cold drinks sitting out in the sun?
Speaking of summer, it will be nice to get out to the parks and playgrounds again.
Or go swimming in the lake.
Or go check out the marina near the beach.
Looking at flowers again in warm weather.
Or even just looking at stop signs without being reminded of snow.
But for now, my world is full of things that are cold. And that includes me!
The hydrangea plants are sticking out of the snow.
I have taken pictures of them faded pink in fall, and also in the summer, full of purples, pinks, and blues.
Before they bloomed, I even spotted a ladybug on the unopened flowers.
They still look beautiful.
For Cee’s photo challenge of pink or magenta flowers, here are some of mine. I saw these pink mums this fall and it was the first time I had seen them in this shade of pink.
A similar thing happened recently with these hyacinths. I had never seen them in this pale pink before and I didn’t know they grew in a long-stemmed variety.
A third recent discovery of mine is that the hydrangea bush (that’s been outside all the years I’ve been living here) turns pink in the fall. I had never noticed.
But I always notice the cherry blossoms in spring.
Sometimes you need to get a flower fix at the grocery store.
And sometimes they are growing right outside your door.
Sometimes they are bleeding hearts
Or broken hearts.
…sometimes they are peonies.
For Cee’s photo challenge of blue and purple flowers, here are some from the archives. Pansies from the early spring.
A morning glory plant that was a Mother’s Day gift that bloomed in July.
Hydrangeas in summer.
And finally, some lilacs that I had close to Mother’s Day.
I have never noticed the beauty that the hydrangeas have to offer in fall. You can’t help but see their bright colors in summer. They have been in the same spot for years. It’s just been me, not seeing what is hiding in plain sight.
A ladybug once stood guard over these tiny hydrangea buds, allowing them to grow up big and beautiful.
Have a pink and purpley hydrangea day!
(I’m not completely sure what that means either, but have one!)