The Changing Seasons, December 2019

The weather has definitely become an issue around here. We got some snow at the end of November and then again at the beginning of December. That appears to have been winter.

Since then, we’ve had heavy rain, a week of bitterly cold days, a few light dustings of snow, a lot of days so warm we had to put flea and tick collars back on the dogs because the moment the temperature goes into the 50s and 60s, the fleas and ticks pop up as if summer never ended.

For those who are waiting for climate change to show up, I have a flash for them. It’s here.

Many of us already live in hotspots where the temperature has met or exceeded the 2 degree Celsius level. The seasons are changing. Autumn is vanishing … and apparently, so is winter. The bugs are going to have a real field day this year since they’ve never died off.

Most large American cities are hotspots. All of Australia and Tasmania are in trouble. I suspect most major cities on every continent are already at, over, or approaching the tipping point. Between the fires, mudslides, giant storms, floods, polar ice melting … it’s here. Now. We are in it. Some places more obviously than others. I do not think we have a decade or two to fix our climate problems and I don’t see any evidence that we are doing anything positive to deal with the changing climate or our planetary ecology.

I’m trying to find something about which to be optimistic, but I’m not having much success.

Nuthatch and incoming Bluebird

Frozen woods

Carolina Wren

A huge Tufted Titmice!

Ice everywhere

About The Changing Seasons

The Changing Seasons is a monthly challenge where bloggers around the world share what’s been happening in their month.

If you would like to join in, here are the guidelines:

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.

If you do a ping-back to Su Leslie’s original post, I can update it with links to all of yours.


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19 replies

  1. Your beautiful photos are another reminder of why we need to act and change to save what’s important. I especially enjoyed your photos of birds. In my usual urban setting I see mostly pigeons and magpies, so it was a nice change 🙂


  2. I know things are looking bleak, but I hope you can find brighter days. You took some lovely photos. The birds are always great, and I like the purple sky with the trees, too.

    Happy New Year, Marilyn. Hugs from Thailand.


  3. I loved the photos, your flowers are so beautiful as are the birds and that one of the branches (not sure if it’s ice or rain) I can’t tell for sure it but it’s gorgeous. I’m with you and until very recently the only device I had was a tablet. I now have a cell phone (my sons old one) to have in case of an emergency as I can carry it around with me. Still I think I have to agree with you.


  4. In my area, somehow I can talk to the wind and ask it to play above the trees and buildings, so it can have fun and the other things can stay safe, and by golly it does it pretty much every time. Maybe we all need to be in better touch with the elements, as well as stopping polluting etc.


  5. It is here and we had better prepare for it.


  6. Marilyn, you are as sharp as an Eagle, you miss nothing, all that turkey did you no harm, as for light and hope, they partied to the day the flood Arrived, but there was redemption, so heaven is real, and your blogging is guiding souls in that direction, looking forward to your insights, on how the world has changed, when passion for life was real, and heads were not turned down into their phones…be blessed in 2020


    • Well, I definitely am not into my phone. It’s on “off” and in my bag in case of an actual emergency. I don’t trust all these electronic gadgets. I think they are part — or maybe the BIGGEST part — of what has made trouble for all of us. They disconnect us from other people and from the world in general. And I’m never sure who is really listening. So other than the computer and my Kindle, I don’t use them. it isn’t fear of how they work. It’s fear of what they DO! I think we — as a people — are going to party until the world burns down. I hope not, but it’s hard to see anything else coming of this mess.

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      • well, it’s been a huge difference in how we communicate, you can’t deny there is good in it too, like the first cars, they didn’t know what they were for, now we can’t get by without them, but people do change fast, maybe new technology gets them to think faster, maybe, happy new year and thanks for the posts, be blessed



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