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Country Market 2015-The Changing Seasons Review

It is hard to believe the year is nearly over. I took a look back at my Changing Seasons posts and put together a select photo gallery review, each row representing a month, starting from last January up to now.

The pictures reflect seasonal changes at The Country Market near where I live. I tried to capture the cold, snow and emptiness of the market in the early months building to the warm burst of flowers in the spring, fresh produce in the summer, fiery autumn colors and holiday highlights.

Now, I’ve come full circle. I am ready to start the challenge again with a new location and options. I want to thank Cardinal for hosting this year and the next! Participating was a great way to take a lot of photos and learn to be a better editor of photos and content as well as a great way to interact with a lot of interesting bloggers!

To see my full posts, you can click on the Changing Seasons header at the top of my page. To learn more about the continuing challenge, check out Cardinal Guzman’s cool blog!

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It’s all about the festive red and green at the Country Market this month! Vibrant poinsettias and fresh Christmas Trees fill the greenhouse and line the lot. The scent of pine fills the air. The market is a busy place, helping customers select the perfect tree and ringing up the holiday sales.

I also noticed that there was a sign advertising the sale of the market itself. A clerk told me that there were no definite plans to sell right now. Whatever the outcome, I hope the market stays open and keeps its country feel. I have enjoyed stopping by each month to see seasonal changes, make purchases and capture the simple beauty of the market.

I plan to make a wrap up of select photos before the end of the year. I understand that the Cardinal plans to continue this challenge, with some minor changes, next year! I better start scouting for a new location. This is my twelfth installment for Cardinal Guzman’s Monthly Photo Challenge. We are to post 5-20 pictures each month at a nearby location to showcase the changing of seasons and hone our photography skills. You should check out his photos and the links that he posts to other entries you may also enjoy viewing. You can see my previous galleries by clicking on the Changing Seasons header at the top of this page. Think about joining us next year as the challenge continues!

Merry Christmas and Season’s Greetings to you all!

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The fall colors have peaked. I was glad to be able to capture the fiery orange and red leaves surrounding the Country Market before they fell to the ground. The outside market fare included odd, but colorful, gourds along with pretty ornamental cabbages.

Due to the time change, I was able to take a nighttime photo just before closing time at 6:00pm. (I miss daylight savings time when the days are longer.) The market will likely start staying open longer once they start Christmas tree sales.

This is my eleventh installment for Cardinal Guzman’s Monthly Photo Challenge. We are to post 5-20 pictures each month at a nearby location to showcase the changing of seasons and hone our photography skills. You should check out his photos and the links that he posts to other entries you may also enjoy viewing. You can see my previous galleries by clicking on the Changing Seasons header at the top of this page.

Eleven down and one to go! I hope Cardinal will continue this challenge and/or start a new one next year!

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It’s October and the Country Market is gearing up for Halloween. Pumpkins are waiting to be carved into Jack-o-lanterns. Frankenstein and Count Dracula are hovering over produce.
A haunted house, with do not enter warnings, is being set up for brave greenhouse visitors looking for a scare. I imagine the scares will be gentle but I don’t intend to find out. Unless I am a character in the haunted house, they are not for me!

This is my tenth installment for Cardinal Guzman’s Monthly Photo Challenge. We are to post 5-20 pictures each month at a nearby location to showcase the changing of seasons and hone our photography skills. You should check out his photos and the links that he posts to other entries you may also enjoy viewing. You can see my previous galleries by clicking on the Changing Seasons header at the top of this page.

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The lazy, purple hazy, daze of summer has come upon the country market. The air is heavy and it is hot and humid. My eyes settle on deep greens, pinks and purples. A Silver-Spotted Skipper butterfly is drawn to rest on vibrant flowering plants of the same colors. Summer is winding down and I hope the swirl is slow.

This is my eighth installment for Cardinal Guzman’s Monthly Photo Challenge. We are to post 5-20 pictures each month at a nearby location to showcase the changing of seasons and hone our photography skills. You should check out his photos and the links that he posts to other entries you may also enjoy viewing. You can see my previous galleries by clicking on the Changing Seasons header at the top of this page.

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I stopped by the Country Market on Independence Day to buy some homegrown tomatoes and snap some pictures. The Stars and Stripes were proudly displayed at the Market on the Fourth of July, just as I had anticipated. Customers, including me, wearing red, white, and blue, roamed around the market area engaging in friendly conversation.

I admired greenhouse plants and fresh produce during my slow stroll in the summer heat. Tempting fruits and vegetables sat in simple baskets and boxes, ripe for the picking. I selected a bounty of Virginia grown and heirloom tomatoes. The smiling counter clerk wished me a happy and safe holiday as I headed out the door with tomato sandwiches on my mind!

This is my seventh installment for Cardinal Guzman’s Monthly Photo Challenge. We are to post 5-20 pictures each month at a nearby location to showcase the changing of seasons and hone our photography skills. You should check out his photos and the links that he posts to other entries you may also enjoy viewing. You can see my previous galleries by clicking on the Changing Seasons header at the top of this page.

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Summer, Summer, Summertime! It’s a heat wave in June with temperatures in the 90’s. Lots of colorful plants are displayed outside of the Country Market greenhouse this month, enticing customers to stop in for a closer look.

The sensory overload is intoxicating. Warm sunlight, fragrant aromas and vibrant visions drive shoppers to give in to the urge to buy and grow plants.

Few could resist the temptation. Could you?

This is my sixth installment for Cardinal Guzman’s Monthly Photo Challenge. We are to post 5-20 pictures each month at a nearby location to showcase the changing of seasons and hone our photography skills. You should check out his photos and the links that he posts to other entries you may also enjoy viewing. You can see my previous galleries by clicking on the Changing Seasons header at the top of this page.

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Business at the Country Market seems to be booming. Seeing so many beautiful plants and flowers outside of the store seems to draw customers into the parking lot for a closer look.

I have stopped by several times to buy home-grown tomatoes and have been thinking about buying some tomato plants. While in the store, I wandered around to look at the wares and made a mental checklist of things I might go back to buy.

Every time I explore the market and greenhouse, I start thinking that I should cultivate a green thumb. Maybe someday I will.

This is my fifth installment for Cardinal Guzman’s Monthly Photo Challenge. We are to post 5-20 pictures each month at a nearby location to showcase the changing of seasons and hone our photography skills. You should check out his photos and the links that he posts to other entries you may also enjoy viewing. You can see my previous galleries by clicking on the Changing Seasons header at the top of this page.

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Hibiscus! Hydrangeas! Gardenias! And more!

I went by the country market this past weekend after I saw signs that the greenhouse was filling with flowers! The colorful view was in stark contrast with the snowy scenes of March, the empty spaces of February, and the seasonal remnants of January. Spring has sprung.

While I am enamored of flowering plants and lush greenery, I do not have the proverbial green thumb needed to grow a beautiful garden. As I shared this with the store gardening expert, she guided me toward the less thirsty plants. But, she soon realized that my interest was in admiring the vibrant colors and beauty of the flowers.

The attendant even brought out a bright pink hydrangea plant that she thought I might want to take a picture of when she noticed that I was taking photos of the purple variety. She made sure that I was aware of the fragrant gardenia flower. She shared gardening tips that would help plants thrive if I decided to take a chance on filling my yard with flowers.

Truth be told, I was only in the market for an easy-to-care-for plant that might be a draw for hummingbirds. The answer seems to be the braided hibiscus plant called a Painted Lady Hibiscus! It stands up more like a tree but doesn’t get any taller than the ones in the store. I understand the plant needs a lot of water, sunlight and warm temperatures since it is a tropical plant. Being me, I decided to think it over.

The thought of my hummingbirds around the hibiscus when they arrive is on my mind. I think I’ll be back at the market this weekend!

This is my fourth installment for Cardinal Guzman’s Monthly Photo Challenge. We are to post 5-20 pictures each month at a nearby location to showcase the changing of seasons and hone our photography skills. You should check out his photos and the links that he posts to other entries you may also enjoy viewing. You can see my previous galleries by clicking on the Changing Seasons header at the top of this page.

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Snow cover and icicles reflect the seasonal changes at the Country Market. Winter weather abounds!

I am not a fan of snow because of the driving challenges. But, I was pleased to have a chance to capture the beauty of fallen snow last week for the Changing Seasons photo challenge. We experience all four seasons here and I would have been disappointed had there been no snowy scenes to photograph.

This is my third installment for Cardinal Guzman’s Monthly Photo Challenge. We are to post 5-20 pictures each month at a nearby location to showcase the changing of seasons and hone our photography skills. You should check out his photos and the links that he posts to other entries you may also enjoy viewing. You can see my previous galleries by clicking on the Changing Seasons header at the top of this page.

Now that winter has had it’s say, with limited lingering snow, I am looking forward to the arrival of Spring! We spring our clocks forward this weekend for Daylight Savings Time and I love the extended light of day!

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