This week, let’s keep things nice and cozy.

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If you’re like me, living in the upper reaches of the Northern Hemisphere, this is the season where we seek out small pleasures to compensate for the short days and chilly weather: fireplaces, down comforters, hot chocolate (or glühwein, if we must…).


From indoor pools to heated sidewalk cafés, we’ve built entire spaces dedicated to the preservation and celebration of warmth — like the Bloedel Conservatory in Vancouver, Canada, pictured above. On a cold winter day, there’s something pleasantly surreal about entering this dome-shaped space and being hit with heat and humidity levels you’d expect on a tropical island, not to mention the sight of palm trees and giant, colorful parrots.

If you’d like to learn more about the technical aspect of color temperature in photography, be sure to check out this post from our Craft of Photography series.

Whether you live on my side of the planet or in the Southern Hemisphere, enjoying real heat on the beach or in your yard, show us your take on warmth. You can go from the literal (saunas! scarves! steaming cups of tea!) to the figurative (the embrace of family members coming together for the holidays, the look of affection on your pet’s face, or even just a photo with a particularly warm color palette, no matter its subject matter).

I look forward to seeing your photos!

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  1. This post reminded me about the time I lived in Pittsburgh, PA. I am from Puerto Rico and my family and I moved there so my dad could receive medical treatment. The first and last time I ever saw snow was there. But, like you, I found a place just like the one you described and it became my home away from home. My dad passed away in 1996.

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