Weekly Photo Challenge – Seasons

The Weekly Photo Challenge hosted at The Daily Post for this week is Seasons and couldn’t help but want to participate.

I love all the seasons! I am so grateful to have lived most of my life in New England where each season is a distinct and a unique time of year. If questioned I would probably say that Spring and Fall are my favorite seasons of the year, as I am more of a moderate weather kind of person. Yet I love the heat of the summer when you can have fun in the sun and play in the ocean or the ‘smell of snow’ and the bitter cold of the winter when you can hibernate by the fire with a good book.

I love the beauty and rebirth of the spring. The joy of shedding layers of clothing and to feel the sunshine on your skin again even if for only a few hours during the middle of the day. The first daffodils of the year with their happy yellow blooms.

I love that I have lived relatively close to the ocean or a body of water most of my life so that in the heat of the summer there is some escape from the oppressive heat that sometime sticks around for a bit longer than we would like in the summer. The ocean is both magnificent and powerful, as well as peaceful and tranquil.

After a long hot summer, I look forward to the chill in the air that creeps in during the fall. The mildly warm days and chilly evenings that require a sweater. I love all the comfort foods that are so tempting and available during the fall. And I can’t wait for Thanksgiving.

And then there is winter. I am one of the few that actually still gets excited about the ‘smell of snow’ and waking up to a blanket of white covering the world and the possibility of snow cancellations. Getting up early with my dogs and going out while it is still snowing and just listening to freshly fallen snow. It has a sound all of its own that is so peaceful.

Winter 2016 has been relatively mild so far…however this ‘season’ of my life has been a season of upheaval, as I lost my Mom at the end of Oct. 2015 and I have been longing for more time to just hibernate and lick my wounds. Yet, this year, we have had unseasonably warm days and few actual snow falls that amounted to anything…which makes for not a very good season of hibernation.

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”

Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

 

 

Boundaries

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Boundaries.”

Today I decided to check out The Daily Post for some blogging inspiration and stumbled across Weekly Photo Challenge which is Boundaries, which happened to be just the inspiration I needed!

I sort of have a thing for boundaries…mostly about crossing them. I am not a big fan of rules, and in my mind boundaries comes very close to sounding a whole lot like a rule to me. However, while browsing through my photos to find just the right one I noticed that I seem to have a lot of photos of various kinds of boundaries.

I love fence lines…especially ones that possibly contain horses. I like rock walls. Pathways that attempt to keep us on the straight and narrow. And of course, as someone who is drawn to all things animals, I am often at a zoo or some such place where there are so many kinds of boundaries that we put around animals in captivity to either keep them safe…or us safe from them. Continue reading

Doors…the Window to a House’s Soul

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Door.”

The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live. —Flora Whittemore

Doors have always caught my attention, where ever I go (especially, cute blue doors in to secret gardens). I think of them as a ‘window to the soul of a house.’ I haven’t always had a camera to capture photographs of such doors…but the memories of them live on in my mind. Continue reading

ROY G BIV

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “ROY G. BIV.”

Oh yes, good ole’ Roy. G. Biv. How can anyone forget that? The colors of the rainbow…Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet.

Rainbow

I remember him from back in elementary school, learning about the colors of the rainbow. Continue reading