Blue/Breathe [Nurture Photography]

The snow had all but melted by the end of the week, leaving us with only ice puddles and the odd pile of dirty frozen snow out on the grass where someone had built a snowman and it hadn’t melted entirely. We were treated with a fresh layer of snow on Thursday night, waking up this morning to cold air and a covering of white over every outdoor surface. Some of the snow even managing to make its way onto our outdoor porch on the second floor.

Last weekend I spent an early morning at the Lake. Cradling a mug of hot coffee, watching the geese swim on the partially frozen harbour under vivid blue skies and walking along the frozen sand of the beach.




The freezing wind was biting at our gloved fingers and the cold made its way through our many layers of clothing. It blew, razor-edged, cutting each breath from our lips, catching our mumbled curses and carrying them away with it over the water and ice.

The lake pushed layers of ice up against the shore, building them up into piles mixed with pebbles and shells along its edge. Clouds skittered across the blue sky behind.




Don’t forget to stop by at Live and Love Out Loud today for some great thoughts & tips on photography and the creative process.

Nurture Photography, Photo Challenge, Winter 2013

I’m teaming up with Kristi of Live and Love Out Loud, on another inspiring adventure as we photograph our way through winter with the Nurture Photography Challenge – a seasonal photo challenge series chock full of tips and tutorials, inspiring weekly prompts, personal feedback and encouragement.

Just a few details:

All are welcome regardless of skill level, camera equipment or geographic location.

Share your favorite images inspired by our weekly prompts each Friday and grab our lovely button while you’re at it!

Nurture Photography Challenge Winter 2013, Photo Challenge, Winter Photo Challenge

The linky will remain open from 9am Friday – 9am Thursday CST. Don’t forget to visit and comment on the previous entry in the linky list.

We’re sharing the photography love and showcasing our talented photographers by pinning some of your lovely photos to our Nurture Photography Inspiration Board.

The Nurture Photography Challenge has taken to Facebook! Stop by, “like” our new Facebook fan page, ask questions and share your work on our wall as well.

We love Instagram just as much as you do! We’ll be on the lookout for your beautiful winter photos, so be sure to use the #nurturephoto hashtag. We’ll share a few favorites on Instagram each week, sending a little bit of love your way.

Next week is the finale, so stop by and link up your favourite photos from this winter! They can be photos you have already linked up, or others you have taken that didn’t fit with the other prompts. For a complete list of prompts, head on over to the Nurture Photography Challenge Page.


  1. What a stunning collection of shots! I love the crisp details of the tree branches, the soft sky line in the distance, the active birds…and the crisp, clear blue. I’ve also really appreciated your tutorials – I’m new to learning all the technical stuff – have always just followed my nose and heart without much knowledge to back up my photography. What you share is just wonderful!
    Adrienne´s last post ..Blue….breathe….

  2. Sandra Bacon

    Rebecca, I love reading your words as much as I love looking at your lovely photos. I think I feel cold then I see how cold it is where you live. Thanks to you and Kristi for your continued inspiration for my students. Sandy

  3. Love the pictures and words! The shades of blue in each picture are great. Love the challenge thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog. Always a nice surprise to find your messages.
    Marcie´s last post ..Some blue sky

  4. these photos are so beautiful, though i almost caught a chill ready your post!! i can almost feel those biting winds. what a nice break though, to go down to the lake. being around water is so calm and soothing for me. love that last photo!
    Tish´s last post ..We Threw My Sister Her Bridal Shower!

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