The Changing Seasons: August 2016


The dog days of August are here. Strange weather has persisted, though the last few days have been more like a “normal” summer than any of the preceding months.

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The Gypsy Moth caterpillars stripped the trees in early July. Now, in the second half of August, the leaves look full and the deep green that is normal for this time of year.


It also finally began to rain. It is not as much as we need to make up for the exceptionally dry May, June, and July, but we had a few good rains in the past few weeks.


When I last looked, the river was no longer dry mud. Not full, not exactly flowing, but at least it was wet and some water was coming over the dam.


By next month, the leaves will be changing. Summer arrives slowly, but ends quickly.

What’s this «Changing Seasons» blogging challenge?

«The Changing Seasons 2016» is a blogging challenge with two versions: the original (V1) which is purely photographic and the new version (V2) where you can allow yourself to be more artistic and post a painting, a recipe, a digital manipulation, or simply just one photo that you think represents the month. Anyone with a blog can join this challenge and it’ll run throughout 2016. It doesn’t matter if you couldn’t join the first month(s), late-comers are welcomed. These are the rules, but they’re not written in stone – you can always improvise, mix & match to suit your own liking:

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!

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    1. Scottish Terrier. We have two, both black. From the head, they do look similar and the smallest of the schauzers is a terrier … the only German terrier. Very similar faces, but their bodies are quite different. Schnauzers are much shorter backed and longer in the leg, though the minis are about the same size, otherwise. Sharp eyes to spot the similarity 🙂

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  1. Wow those caterpillars are a bit intense. I hope the actual moths are quite beautiful! My first summer in my new home (and county) and much as expected, wet, warm, foggy, windy; wet, warm, repeat ad infinitum… Cabbage white butterflies are my nemesis – laying their eggs on my kale which has been completely stripped bare, the larger whites seem to prefer my nasturtiums so that’s OK as I have plenty of them! I’m glad your weather is turning to normal though I suspect there’s not much summer left. Here’s hoping we all have a very pleasant autumn 🙂


    1. Unfortunately, as hairy and nasty as the caterpillars are, the moths are small, brown (male) or white (female) and totally uninteresting. The white females don’t fly. They just lay eggs. The males don’t eat. They just fly around fertilizing eggs. I hope winter kills them off.

      We mostly (badly, urgently) need rain. We got a little this month, but we need a lot more. Let’s hope, though there’s no rain in the forecast right now.

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  2. Great photos. At least you have got some much needed rain. When we had our heavy storm a couple of weeks ago, somehow the water supply to a neighbouring suburb got contaminated. And our local council acted too late. Over 4000 people affected, schools and businesses were shut for 3 days. Then we were told that our water supply here in Hastings was also contaminated. A nightmare. Now we have heavily chlorinated water which is not pleasant.First time ever, that chlorine had to be added. On the plus side, everything is now green, with spring just around the corner


  3. It looks great outside your window. We got a slight drizzle on Saturday night and a slight chance of rain for today. I’m ready to move to someplace without a drought.


    1. It seems that we have to choose between flood and drought. Although it was encouraging going down to the river today. There was water in the river. It’s the best water level I’ve seen in the river in late summer in several years. I hope the rain continues!


      1. Yesterday we were out shooting and got surprised by a hail storm. So exciting. Then on our drive back home it cleared up. While I was processing some of the shots last night, a weather advisory came on the radio; thunder and lightning and gusting winds and rain. It started about 11 pm. Today it’s as if nothing happened, although a stop light is out two blocks away.


  4. It will be a blessing to have some more “normal” temperatures. I love the heat – but enough is enough.
    Glad to see things are returning to some form of normal there Marilyn.


    1. Those long weeks of super-heated humidity made breathing really difficult. Even cooler weather when the humidity is that high is difficult. I’m glad the siege has broken, finally. It usually does right about now. Late August can be very fall-like around here.

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  5. Glad your seasons are returning to “normal”, with green trees, some rain and comfortable temperatures. We realise how good “normal” weather is when you have breakdowns in between.


    1. It has been a difficult season. Kind of depressing, too, because all our plans got cancelled and we’ve been pretty much stuck in the house. Now that things are beginning to get back to something like reasonable and normal, maybe we’ll get outside a bit. I’m feeling a bit “stuck.”

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