First Frost

Strangely enough, the photos above aren’t of our first frost here in Heidelberg, but I wanted to share them anyway. I took them yesterday afternoon and they’re of some weeds growing along where the old rail tracks used to be, a place where Mikey and I often go to walk. They have dark stems and soft silver edges, looking at them together, they struck me as looking a little like they are covered in a fine layer of frost.

Imagine my surprise this morning then, when I woke and looked out of our window to see a dusting of frost on the grass and leaves outside. Our first frost has come earlier than I expected, I hadn’t even really thought about bringing my plants inside yet. Last winter was such a long and cold one in Germany, I wonder if this means that it will be the same again this year.

The sun was already pushing it’s way across the twinkling grass, so I knew I had to head outside fast if I was going to photograph it. I pulled some thick clothes over Mikey’s pajamas, put on his hat and boots and then pulled a jacket over my own pajamas and headed downstairs. Mikey was delighted, inspecting each blade of grass and frosty leaf, announcing, “shiny! snow! sunshine! sunshine leaves!” while I crouched down low, getting my pajamas and feet thoroughly wet (did I mention that I only threw on some flip flops?) to take some photographs.

I didn’t, however, think fast enough to actually take my macro lens outside with me. Luckily the kit lens gets pretty close. I suppose I will have to wait for more frost to get some real macro shots, the frost outside had melted completely by the time I got inside and converted my photos from RAW/NEF. It’s still cold outside though, my husband is away working all night so I think Mikey and I will close the curtains and snuggle up with hot chocolate and some books.

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  1. Rochelle

    The pictures of the leaf Wow! What a great capture! Hope you have a great weekend.

  2. Beautiful.. although it made me shiver.. Loving fall here but dreading the coming winter… Gorgeous macro shot!

    • I’m dreading winter too and it’s surely sneaking up on me, I keep thinking if only we lived in a little warm farmhouse with a fireplace instead of a usually quite cold second floor apartment! Then I don’t think I’d mind so much if we were snowed in.
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  3. Great captures! I’m so not looking forward to the frost coming here, maybe tonight, but it sure looks pretty!

    • It really was pretty, from my window in the relative warmth of my apartment! haha! Well, ok, still pretty when I ventured outside but, oh-so-cold.
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  4. I am so glad that you posted to macro friday and then came over to my blog. What an interesting life ou have.. Would love to get to know you better and am your newest follower…
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  5. Great photos – love the ones with the leaf. It is hard for me to imagine frost right now, we are still reaching 80s in the afternoons 🙂

    • Oh I didn’t think we were close to our first frost either! But here it is! I’ve also heard that there could be snow in the Black forest this weekend, that’s only an hour or so from us! As I write this, it’s below freezing here but sunny so it should warm up.
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    • Thank you. With the first one’s they were already quite bright/white to begin with. I shot into the sun and used the sunflare to lighten things up. In photoshop I upped the contrast a little on the stems and used pale colour layers to tone down the rest.
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  6. I’m so glad you stopped by and left some sweet words so that I could find your lovely blog. These photos are stunning. Especially those first two…did you add an effect or was the light that spectacular?? All lovely photos however. I am also glad to know I am not the only one who goes out in my pajamas to take a picture!

    I just followed so I look forward to seeing more of your beautiful photos. Thanks!

    • That’s so sweet, thank you!

      To take those photos I shot into the sun, it was in the afternoon and there was a low, cold sun. So they were bright to begin with, I upped the contrast in photoshop and fiddled around with a couple of colour layers (pale blues mostly) to get them like that.
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