Each year in November we dig up our seasonal summer flowers and plant Pansies. These hearty flowers survive the cold, snow and ice that is common in SW Virginia. On warmer days during winter the flowers perk up and smile at us, as this one did this morning. I used a Fujifilm XT100 with flip screen so I can get down low, using a 35mm f2 lens to create a soft background (Bokeh).
Our Pansies are reaching peak condition, as a result of warm sunny days. Some are planted in metal buckets, which makes for interesting photos. Early morning sun makes them “smile.”
It’s more like mid-winter as far as temperatures are concerned here in SW Virginia. There are interesting contrasts between Autumn’s bright hues and winter’s drab brown. Add some Pansies and there is even more contrast.
When flowers planted in spring have made it through summer in all their beauty, it’s time to replace them with what I call “Pansies for Winter.” These hearty plants survive cold, ice and snow. Not all, but most. Here they are again, smiling flower- faces looking at us.
One day it’s near 70 degrees and I see many signs of spring season in bloom. Then, winter sticks its head back out, hopefully only for a brief moment. Perhaps my photos here will warm your heart no matter where you are. By the way, the two Pansies you see here made it through this very cold and snowy winter in our back yard. Also, the Bradford Pear Trees shown here have a way to go yet, but are indeed trying to push winter aside.