In photography, a warm image can mean a great many things. It can be in a facial expression, a setting, or maybe just the coloring. The idea of warmth in December can, on a global scale, also mean many different things. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, this week brought the start of winter, a winter solstice, and the beginning of a holiday season celebrated with the stoking of fires and sharing of warm drinks. In the Southern Hemisphere, the new summer season brings longer days and warmer temperatures as the holidays have a much more temperate association. Whether in the north or south, this time of the year brings with it a desire for and feeling of great warmth. 

Whether you're seeking it in the north with cozy blankets and cuddled family members, or celebrating it in the south with trips to the beach and sun soaked cheeks, December is a good time to reflect on what it means to share the warmth. This photostream was given one word for inspiration - Warm - and the resulting images gave a sense of the word that could be understood on all these many levels. The selected images all do an exceptionally grand job of conveying the warmth in the spectrum of possible meanings. Thanks to all for submitting, and for passing along your warm images to the rest of us.

Next week's Photostream will be curated by Staci Lee Kennelly and the theme is "Detail."  You may submit your shot here.


Katt Janson Merilo currently lives in Gig Harbor, Washington, where it is becoming increasingly chilly. In addition to cuddling on the couch with her husband and dog, she enjoys writing and reading about photography, as well as adventuring into the woods and/or harbor armed with a pinhole, SLR, and/or toy camera and roll of film.  You can follow her on Instagram and can see more of her work at her website.