The Changing Seasons: September 2016

I believe this is a juvenile black-crowned night heron. If someone has a more accurate identification, I’d love to hear from you!

I had been hoping that the trees would oblige me by changing color for me this weekend, but alas, they have not. There is some change. Bits and pieces here and there. It always happens first near water. Along the shore, near rivers. But mostly, nothing much is happening … at least as far as changing color goes.


Still the air is quite chilly at night, though still pretty warm and muggy in the day. September had been such a crazy, busy month … so I hope I’ve captured its essence. A little bit, at least.


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!

Hard to believe we are wrapping up the year and heading toward the cold months. I always have a lot of ambivalence as the summer ends. I love the autumn. If it were October all year long, I’d be a very happy human. Sadly, it’s the last glory and the warm time before … well … you know. White stuff. Ice. Slippery ground and hard navigation. The cabin fever months lie ahead.


Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. Retired! Yay!


    1. Thank you! Spring is much slower than autumn here. Between the melting of the snows and the first leaves is usually six to eight weeks. Then, it goes from buds to full leaf in less than a day. One bright morning, you get up, go to the grocery store and when you start for home, it’s summer.


    1. Thanks. Do you know what he is? I think he’s an immature night heron. I know what he isn’t, but not what he is — at least not for sure. He was about the size of a gull, but he’s not a gull. From the top feathers, I believe one of the heron clan. Open to suggestions!


  1. Oh, yeah! You covered this season quite nicely. But the juvenile black-crowned night heron you identified incorrectly. It is actually an adult. Just a little small for its age! 😉


    1. Really? Doesn’t look like the right colors. I looked him up. But to be fair, I’ve never seen one before. I know they are supposedly common, but this is my first sighting. We don’t spend that much time at the shore these days, I guess. I shall look again.


      1. Don’t bother, Marilyn. It was a joke. I wouldn’t know a woodpecker from an eagle. Unless it was Woody Woodpecker. Him I’d know anywhere! 🙂


        1. Ah. Well, I DID check anyway and the only other bird it could possibly be would be a juvenile yellow-crowned night heron … and they don’t live around here. So my first guess is probably the right one. No other bird looks like that.

          Woody is a red-headed woodpecker, but he is definitely smarter and cuter than the real birds. And probably, what with residuals and all, richer too.


  2. Love the photos and yes, they do still look summery. We have had a weird September too, recording some of the hottest temperatures of the year (not where I live I hasten to add). Love the dialogue between you and Emilio, made me chuckle. I love photographing birds (usually badly) but have difficulty in recognising them especially if they don’t conform to the images online! I also have the same problem identifying trees 😀


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