Photoessay: Cold Winter Daze


Melting Ice – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T20

When I moved to Utah from California, one thing that I wasn’t prepared for was winter. Before California I lived in Arizona, so having temperatures below freezing and white fluffy stuff on the ground was something that I didn’t have much experience with. This is my third winter in Utah, and while I’m now a little acclimated, winter is not my favorite season whatsoever. In fact, I dread winter.

Even though I’d rather be warm and have long hours of seemingly endless sunshine with green fields and blossoming flowers, there is a certain beauty to the drabness of the cold season. Winter brings clouds, and an approaching or clearing storm can be incredibly dramatic. Those clouds blanket the entire landscape in pure white that sparkles like glitter when the sun finally shows. Winter is a transformation season, and while the days are short and the air is frigid, it’s a worthwhile time to capture pictures. This is the time to keep an especially watchful photographic eye on things, because the opportunities for interesting photographs abound, but they are fleeting, so one must be quick and ready.


Frozen Lake – Bountiful, UT – Fujifilm XF10


Winter Pond & Tree Trunk – Bountiful, UT – Fujifilm XF10


Winter Wasatch Homes – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T20


Snow On Red – Spanish Fork Canyon, UT – Fujifilm X-T20


Cold Horse Coat – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm XF10


Equestrian Winter – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T20


Red Tractor In Snow – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T20


Snow Removal – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T20


Too Cold For Basketball – South Weber, Ut – Fujifilm X-T20


Sled In The Yard – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm XF10


Cold Picnic – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T20


White Landscaping – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm XF10


Winter Mountain Ridge – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T20


Snow Blowing On The Ridge – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T20


Cold White Mountain – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T20


Backyard Snowfall – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T20


Winter Forest – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T20


Winter Stream – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T20


Cold Hillside – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T20


Buddhist Instagram – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T20


Ice Cold Branches – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T20


Evening Cold – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T20


  1. Ken Klein · February 9, 2019

    Rich You can go up to Alta and ski

    It will be fun!

    I’m enjoying your blog Ken In Philadelphia

    Happiness is a state of mind!


    Liked by 1 person

    • Ritchie Roesch · February 9, 2019

      I appreciate the tip! I looked into skiing, and realized that it is an expensive hobby. I’m actually quite close to Snowbasin, and visit it in the summer. I need to find some winter recreation to enjoy for sure. Thanks!


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