The Changing Seasons, December 2017

As usual, my photographic month was weighted towards food and flowers — with a little festivity thrown in.

Despite our family’s commitment to celebrate Christmas simply, and with gifts of time and creativity, I still got to the 25th feeling a bit crazy and harassed.

But the last week has been calmer. Auckland has emptied out as people head to beach towns for New Year celebrations. I’ve eaten well, exercised, and found time to read a couple of books that are almost due back at the library.

I began taking part in Max’s The Changing Seasons challenge almost two years ago, and have really enjoyed the way that creating monthly posts has made me look at and think about the themes and direction of my photography. But — more importantly — I love readingΒ  others’ posts.

Max has decided to retire from hosting duties, so from January 2018, I’m going to try and fill his shoes.

Max, you’ve done a great job, and I really hope that you continue to share your changing seasons here. I particularly hope you’ll share your music.

For anyone who’s contemplating joining The Changing Seasons, please do!

You don’t have to post every month, and it really is a good chance to reflect on the passing months.

The structure is pretty straightforward and has a couple of different versions.

The Changing Seasons Version One (photographic):

  • Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery that you feel represent your month
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so that others can find them

The Changing Seasons Version Two (you choose the format):

  • Each month, post a photo, recipe, painting, drawing, video, whatever that you feel says something about your month
  • Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so others can find them.

In the meantime, I wish you all a very Happy New Year.

 

55 thoughts on “The Changing Seasons, December 2017

  1. Oh, your holidays look lovely if the pics are any indication! The cookies, the plants, the Xmas cheer–glad it was a good one! And isn’t it funny how the simplest things–a bit of quiet and finishing a couple of library books–can bring such satisfaction? I feel far saner for the reading and creative bits I’ve done over the holiday.

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    • πŸ™‚ I haven’t managed much creativity, but plenty of reading. I did find the most amazing bargain armchair which needs restoring, so I guess the creative stuff will come soon enough. Happy New Year to you and your family πŸ™‚

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  2. Well this looks full of lovely Christmassy things. And good on you for taking up Max’s gauntlet! I did the monthly challenge regularly until earlier this year when I swapped to a round-up of my garden. Maybe next year I’ll try and join again. As you say it is a good way to notice things in more detail and improve photography techniques. Here’s wishing you an exciting 2018 πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you so much Jude. I’m really looking forward to the fact that I’ll have a legitimate excuse to spend more time reading other people’s Changing Seasons posts. Be great to see (maybe just occasional) CS posts from you too. Happy New Year — I hope 2018 will be kind, joy-filled and fulfilling.

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  3. Happy Christmas and New Year, Su/1]] kmy cat won’t let me write1
    Let’s try this again. I hope you are having the holidays that these photos make it seem! Just gorgeous! I can never get over your seasons being the opposite of ours!

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  4. Hello Su, I came to your blog through Joanne of My Life Lived Full. I’d been admiring her Changing Seasons posts and I want to join in the fun. Thank you for taking this on. I’m looking forward to this challenge and reading your blog. Rock on, Deb

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    • Thank you so much Tish. The bubble machines were our Xmas Eve “stocking” presents to each other, and we had such fun! It was so nice to see my boy happy — he’s had a tough year and of course I worry about him.
      And as for the Changing Seasons, I am really excited to be hosting it and so looking forward to having a proper excuse to spend more time looking at everyone else’s seasons too.
      Happy New Year to you and your family Tish.

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    • Ooh. I’d love you to join!! One of the coolest things is seeing everyone’s take on the month they’ve had. We’re in different places and even just in terms of the physical seasons, we’re experiencing different things.
      And personally, just looking back over the photos I’ve taken can sometimes bring into focus things about my life, and mood, that I might not have noticed.
      And it’s only once a month; which is great, when most of us are juggling our time anyway. πŸ™‚

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  5. Happy New Year, Su! Sorry to read your boy has had a rough year. It’s hard as a mum when your kids are doing it tough. Hope 2018 goes easy on you all. Wonderful photos and well done on taking on the Changing Seasons gig. If I’d done that challenge last year, it would just be full of running related photos. πŸ˜‰

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    • Thank you Heather. Yeah, watching our kids suffer is THE hardest thing, but he’s resilient and sometimes I can almost see maturity blossoming in him (other times, not so much LOL). I wish you and your family a great year ahead; full of laughter and friendship and good challenges — and running!!!! πŸ™‚

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  7. Such beautiful shots, Su! My stomach began growling when I saw the lovely tomato and feta toast πŸ˜‰ The prawns also look delicious πŸ˜„ And hey, I was quite a fan on Green Day when I was a teen so tell the boy-child his t-shirt rock! πŸ˜„
    And I’m really thinking about joining The Changing Seasons, I’ve always admired your posts, you know. It would definitely help get out more and make pictures which is always a challenge during winter πŸ˜‰ xxxxxxxx

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  8. Can I get fatter from visually eating the food in your photos? omg – it looks good!! I’m thinking the prawns with couscous followed by one of those cookies (or 10) would be perfect! πŸ™‚

    Love the photo of your son!

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    • Thanks Joanne. I’m pretty sure that eating with your eyes is calorie-free. It must be, or I’d be totally unable to get off the couch πŸ™‚
      I’ve been trying to persuade the boy to bake another batch of the cookies, but no joy so far.

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