As I start this little story, it’s raining outside my window.  It’s been raining for several days here in Southern California. I’m not complaining because the rain brings snow to the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  That’s a good thing.  It also briefly brings snow to the local mountains that surround Los Angeles.  That’s also a good thing.  The difference this year is that the temperature has also dropped!  The overnight low has been in the 30-degree range, a bit nippy for us soft sunshine lovers.  What am I saying?  I love these cold temperatures and a bit of California frost!

As I walked my dog around dawn one day, I noticed the frost on the grass.  It was beautiful.  I didn’t have a camera with me, so I used my phone to get the subsequent images.  I debated posting this story, but it serves to illustrate that one can find adventure right outside the front door.  And it also attests to the notion that the best camera is the one you have with you.

Baby, it’s cold outside!

I took the banner image early in the walk as I noticed the mountains covered with snow.  Since the snowy peaks were out of reach, I settled for something more immediate.  I obsessed over frosty grass, weeds, and leaves.

Frosty leaves

Frosty leaves

I liked the sparkle of the ice and the shape of the principle cluster.  This little grouping was just the beginning of my fun. I went on to explore all kinds of leaves and grass!

A touch of Autumn

Some leaves still had a bit of autumn color.

Bright reds and oranges sparkled in the frosty morning

Bright reds and oranges sparkled in the frosty morning

I considered cleaning up the twigs and small bits that obstructed my view of the leaf but often chose not to do so.  I liked the layers of frost, leaf, debris, and grass.  It gave the image more dimension.

A gloriously red leaf with a touch of frost!

A gloriously red leaf with a touch of California frost!

Explore!

Sometimes it was the pattern or the way the leaves positioned themselves that caught my eye.

Old leaves on a frosty morning.

Old leaves on a frosty morning.

I think you can see the appeal.  The point of the above is simple.  Get out and explore your neighborhood!  The world is filled with beautiful surprises even on a chilly day.  I hope you have some fun with this.

To see a few more images from my phone, please click here.

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