Weekly Photo Challenge: Warmth

This week’s photo challenge is all about warmth.

The sun, peeking out from under a cloud deck, gave the illusion of warmth on a morning with wind chills in the 20s. The shake on this hand-held seven-second exposure (shivering?) gave this an almost flame-like effect.

New Year's Eve sunrise.
New Year’s Eve sunrise.
Sunrise
What the sunrise looked like without the zoom and the camera shake.

Other eye warming entries:

Weekly photo challenge: Horizon

Horizons can be open or cluttered, vast or close.

Horizons we enjoyed seeing this week:

And of course, the event horizon for horizon photos: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/10/25/weekly-photo-challenge-horizon/

Weekly photo challenge: Up 2

Looked up this morning and saw a contrail crossing the face of the sun.  Plenty more “up’ at https://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/weekly-photo-challenge-up-2/

Contrail cuts across the sun's disk and the ice ring in the high clouds.
Contrail cuts across the sun’s disk and its ice ring in the high clouds. The tiny black dot in the upper right is a crow.  This appears dark because it was shot through one of the polarized lenses of my sunglasses. Don’t have a polarizer for this camera. 

The late summer blues.

March 1, 2013, UPDATE: Thanks to Dan Chaffee, who ID’d this as a red spotted purple. Will have to hunt harder!

Some days, you just get the blues, in a good way. The Diana fritillary butterfly is the state butterfly of Arkansas.

 

Diana Fritillary butterfly
This Diana fritillary butterfly rests in the driveway while the truck gets a bath. These beautiful blue butterflies have a rather limited range, preferring the Ozarks, Ouachitas, Appalachians and Piedmont areas. We’re glad to have them here in the Ouachitas.
Blue morning glories
Blue morning glories reach for the sun.
Diana frilliary butterfly
After chasing these butterflies for a year, finally, FINALLY, clear images. This one stuck around for hours during car washing day.

In Aunt Betty’s Garden

Aunt Betty in Minnesota has a terrific garden.  Beautifully balanced between shade and sun, all surrounded by that lush, deep green northern grass that southern lawns can’t grow. It is a lovely refuge from everything stressful.

Garden butterfly
Butterfly in Betty's garden.
White hydrangea, backlit
"Pure" is the only word that describes the light shining through this white hydrangea.
Orange flowers
These orange flowers stood out among the green in the shade garden.
Grandpa Ott morning glory closeup
The rich violet velvet of this Grandpa Ott morning glory trumpet, contrasted with its white throat, makes it seem to radiate its own light in the morning.
Orb spider
This slender orb spider rests in its web strung between black-eyed susans.
Hosta leaf
A hosta leaf captures a shadow in the afternoon light of a late summer day.