The Changing Seasons: January 2017


It’s a new year. The last one zipped by in hyperdrive. A year ago today, we had just returned from Arizona. This year,  no such luck … but it has been a surprisingly warm month. Just one snow of any measurable amount. Other few little snows have not rated being shoveled, much less plowed.180-sunset-aldrich-st-210117_03

I really wanted to do just one picture this time, but the variability of the weather has made that difficult. We have been alternating springlike warm weather with deep winter cold and snow, often in as short an interval as 12 hours.


«The Changing Seasons 2017» is a blogging challenge with two versions: the original (V1) which is purely photographic and the newer version (V2) where you can 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 2017. It doesn’t matter if you couldn’t join the first month(s), late-comers are welcomed.

These are the rules (want the full introduction? Click Here), but they’re not written in stone – you can always improvise, mix & match to suit your own liking.

The great Cardinal Guzman sponsors this challenge and it is my favorite. He is a wonderfully gifted and imaginative photographer. Whether or not you decide to participate, please visit and look at his amazing photography. You’ll be glad you did!

The Changing Seasons is a Monthly Photo Challenge started by
The Changing Seasons is a Monthly Photo Challenge started by


  1. ….and you wouldn’t want to be here this year. There is all kinds of hostile weather happening around the state and neighboring states, just the places you’d like to visit with your cameras. Of course a 4WD vehicle could help, but renting one is prohibitive. Even down here in the low desert it’s been raining for days and temperatures are hovering a little above freezing at night, to a blistering mid 50s during the day. For Arizona.., the word is “Buuuurrrrr…”

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  2. Be careful what you wish for — in So Cal, we have just had a week of steady rain. It’s been good to see here, where we have had as much rain in the last week than all of last year,. It’s on its way in your direction — I hope it’s packed its major punch here and doesn’t create major issues in the East!


    1. I woke up this morning with a head cold. I know it’s “just a cold” and I shouldn’t be a baby about this, but I feel really pathetic. Weather? I’m not going anywhere, though not getting a blizzard or flood would be nice. I’m going back to bed. I think I’ll stay there, I can’t think of any reason to get up. Not one.

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    1. If this had all been snow, we’d be buried. I have to keep reminding myself it’s still only January. We have to get through February before we know the light at the end of the tunnel is not the headlight of an oncoming train. But I’m with YOU!!

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  3. Thnak you very much for the kind words Marilyn. I appreciate it.
    We’ve also had a warm (mild) winter this year. Nearly no snow at all and I must admit that I like it. I also like that you decided to post several photos.


    1. I take pictures because I know I will want them for your event. It’s good for me. Gets me out and about when I might otherwise not bother. If we make it through February without snow, I will take a breath and celebrate. Until we have gotten past next month, it’s still blizzard season and the weather can switch back to real winter in a matter of minutes.

      In the meantime, I’m really enjoying the lack of snow and ice … and not having to dig out the car!

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  4. Splendid photos, Marilyn. Seems to be pretty mild in Maine too this year. But it’s only the end of January. It can snow in April in NE. Not that I wished you a lomg winter 🙂
    California on the other hand is pretty wet and snowy. Much needed, though.


    1. That’s what I keep saying. It’s much too early to pop the corks on the champagne. On the positive side, every week without snow is one week less of winter. One of the biggest snows I remember was our April Fools’ blizzard. Late 1990s, 24 inches in about 12 hours. And it was gone two days later 🙂

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