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November-The Changing Seasons V2 (Color Magic)

Magical

Magical

November Haiku (Magic)

Leaves changing color
Bold and bright against the sky
November magic!

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posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: magic

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This is also my Version 2 entry into Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons Challenge. Check out his blog for other interpretations of the theme and think about joining us in the challenge! You can see my previous entries by clicking on the Changing Seasons header at the top of my page.

September (Sunflowers)-The Changing Seasons

September Sunflowers

September Sunflowers

*V2 and V1 photo gallery*

September Haiku (Turn)

Walking from summer
Ambivalent September
Turns to face the sun

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I recently had a chance to go to the first annual Sunflower Festival at Beaver Dam Farm in a neighboring county. It was amazing to see so many sunflowers – 30 acres with around 600,000 black oil sunflowers in the fields! Set against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the magnificent sea of big golden flowers was beautiful and mesmerizing.

It really does make you smile to be around all those happy flowers!

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This is my Version 2 and Version 1 gallery entry into Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons Challenge. Check out his blog for other interpretations of the theme and think about joining us in the challenge! You can see my previous entries by clicking on the Changing Seasons header at the top of my page.

May-The Changing Seasons V2

May

May

May Haiku (Stroll)

You stroll in like May
And collective memories
Intertwine our days

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May brings back memories. Gentle winds in the green trees, the warm sun on my face, the smell of honeysuckle and even the sound of lawn mowers can take me back to the carefree days of childhood. If I close my eyes, I can almost feel being ten years old again, with the innocence, expectations and hopes of youth!

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This is my Version 2 entry into Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons Challenge. Check out his blog for other interpretations of the theme and think about joining us in the challenge! You can see my previous entries by clicking on the Changing Seasons header at the top of my page.

February 2016-The Changing Seasons V1

I am posting this photo gallery as a version 1 entry for Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons challenge for February and also for the daily post weekly photo challenge: Seasons

February has been fickle. Last week, snow and ice were treacherous. Right now, it is 55 degrees. I much prefer the weather of today, even though there has been some rain.

Right before the bad weather, a large flock of robins returned to my backyard trees. Icy conditions had been forecast and I decided these birds were serving fair warning to prepare before the storm. In fact, there were many, many fallen branches from the heavy ice. I was lucky and never lost my power although thousands in my town did. The squirrels and sparrows seemed pleased when they could finally warm up in the sun.

This weekend, the squirrels have been dining leisurely and there have been lots of bird songs filling the warmer air. I hope the mockingbird was simply echoing a tune and not mocking my hopes for an early spring!

You can see my single photo version 2 entry for February here. To see my previous changing Seasons posts, you can click on the header at the top of the page. consider joining in so we can see the seasonal changes you experience!

February-The Changing Seasons V2

February

February

February Haiku (Fickle)

Prompting icy tears
Fickle February sneers
Brutal heartbreaker

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Hearts are one of the first things that come to my mind when thinking of February. The association of February and Valentine’s Day is automatic. Red and pink hearts abound. Candy boxes and cards and lockets in the shape of hearts take center stage.

I like the red stones and curved shape of this heart pendant. I have had it for a long time, and it was not a Valentine’s Day present. Still, when February comes around, that is when I find myself looking for it in my jewelry box. This month seems a perfect time to wear it!

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This is my Version 2 entry into Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons Challenge. Check out his blog for other interpretations of the theme and think about joining us in the challenge!

January 2016-The Changing Seasons V1

Old man winter stopped by this weekend. Thankfully, we only got a little over a foot of snow in this part of Virginia instead of the anticipated two feet. I know other places north of here got much more than expected.

After lots of shoveling, I was glad to see sidewalk concrete and driveway pavement peeping through the snow. The trees in my backyard were dressed in winter white and I worried about how the birds and wildlife would find something to eat. I even made a makeshift bird feeder and put some cereal out for the birds.

While I haven’t seen any birds at the feeder, I have been amazed at the huge flock of robins that have been flying from tree to tree in search of food and then rest on the snowy branches. Some of the house sparrows have joined in as well. I even saw woodpeckers but I wasn’t able to catch a good photo of them before they flew away.

I am going to place my winter gallery into Cardinal’s Monthly Changing Seasons event as a Version 1 entry. I previously made a January Version 2 post which you can see here. I was planning to stick with Version 2 only, but decided to add these photos too. That’s a good thing about the Changing Seasons challenge-there are lots of formats to choose from!

Hope you are having a good winter, wherever you are!

January-The Changing Seasons V2

January

January

January Haiku (Cold)

Cold January
Snowfall covering the past
Freezing memories

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Cold temperatures have settled in and we have had our first light snowfall. To take this picture of a snow touched rhododendron bud, I stood outside with my umbrella over my head to protect my camera. I don’t know if the plant budded early because of warmer temperatures earlier in the month, or if it is just part of the plant cycle. I sure hope the plant still blooms in its usual way this spring.

The rhododendron was one of my mother’s favorite flowers. We weren’t sure if the blossoms were purple or pink but agreed they were beautiful. For pictures of my backyard plant in bloom, you can look at my post Rhododendron Bonanza which was one of my mother’s favorite posts.

My mother passed away five months ago. Her birthday falls in January and that is what January has always meant to me. Her birthday was always a bright spot in an otherwise drab, cold January. My brother and I celebrated her life this month by cooking some of her favorite foods and sharing memories, now frozen in time, of our Momma.

*Posted for version 2 of Cardinal’s ongoing Changing Seasons challenge. Take a look at the flexible rules. There is always time to join in!

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!

Country Market-The Changing Seasons 03

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!

Country Market-The Changing Seasons 02

I took advantage of the much warmer than usual February weather yesterday to stop by the Country Market and take a look around. Plant remnants had been cleared, making room for new inventory in the open spaces. Bags and bags of potting soil colored the lot, provoking hope of spring and spring flowers. Of course, it is still winter with firewood at the ready, but blue skies and temperatures above 60*F gave me a touch of spring fever that lingers today.

This is my second entry for Cardinal Guzman’s Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons. We are to post 5-20 pics each month at a nearby location to showcase the changing of seasons and hone our photography skills. Cardinal is an expert photographer, so you must check out his posts. He has also posted links to other entries that you may 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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