The Changing Seasons: March

March has been somewhat of a blur. Not just in the way that events small and large have taken up my time and attention, but in the way the rain has slid down the window, pooled everywhere, and pummeled all the sprouting, blooming, greening things. I had hoped to get out and take pictures for this month’s Changing Seasons post. I even put it on my calendar. But the rain. Lots of rain. I think I need a waterproof camera if this photography thing is gonna work for me. Relying on my iphone is insufficient.

Thus my selection is small, and none of them of rain. Which is really what March is here in the Pacific Northwest. Lots of rain. And light. In these northern latitudes the light is returning, and for me, that’s the biggest change. Walking home from work takes about an hour. In winter, this is done entirely in the dark, as my previous Changing Seasons post showed. But in March, especially once the “time” changed, I walk entirely in the light! You can really see the difference here:

Late January vs early March.

With the return of the light, the plentiful rain and the mild temperatures this year, everything began bursting out.

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And if any of you can recommend a good camera suitable for photography in a downpour, please tell me! It’s time …

 

 

WPC: Fire Dance

I really had to dig to find an entry for this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge: Dance…Sure, I had a few snapshots that included people dancing, but those were generally blurry and awkward.

Then I found these:

From a memorial gathering fire from, wow, already 4 years ago. Time flies faster than the dancing sparks…Around here there’s a lot of fire-dancers, but this is something completely different. This is the fire itself dancing….enjoy.

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The Changing Seasons: February

February has been a real roller coaster of a month for me. A family medical emergency (everyone’s ok now) threw me off and my blog has been sorely neglected. Luckily, earlier in the month a break in the usual February rain inspired me to get out to Silver Creek Falls. Ten waterfalls of various heights are scattered along multiple trails, but I think I only made it to nine. Yes, I pooped out.

I took a lot of photos, but these are my favorite from that hike. The winter sun barely reached into the narrow valley. The mist and water joined with the slanting light in so many beautiful ways…

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WPC: Seasons

This photo came to mind when I looked up this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge: Seasons….I recently made an unexpected visit to my family in Southern California. While walking on the beach on a foggy day I was struck by the quality of the muted sunlight on the water. I tried to capture it on my phone:

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Seasonal fog in an otherwise sunny place leeched all the colors from the scene. I loved the moody peacefulness.

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The Changing Seasons: January

This year January is wet, as usual, but warmer. The hard freezes and frosts have skipped us over as we splash through an El Niño winter.

I walk to work most days, and in January I leave the office as darkness settles in for the night. On a rare sunny morning I am bathed in weak white light, reflecting off the puddles.

Here, January is grey, often foggy, cold & damp, the darkness goading us to hibernate.

This post is in response to Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons 2016 series (super fun):

“To join the challenge, you simply decide which one of the versions you’ll go for (it doesn’t have to be the same version each month), create a post in your blog and publish it sometime between the 20th and the end of each month.

These are the rules for Version 1 (The Changing Seasons V1):

  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
  • Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery.
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.

These are the rules for Version 2 (The Changing Seasons V2):

  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
  • Each month, post one photo (recipe, painting, drawing, whatever) that represents your interpretation of the month.
  • Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!”

I’m going with version 1 this month…To see more responses, or to join in, click here.