Before anything else, happy new year! May this next year prove better than last year and may we manage to find ways to fix what it broken, save what is valuable, and live the best lives we can.

Thus forward we slog from the old year into the new. It’s been hard going. For many of us, it’s not over. It may never be over. The world changed and won’t be whatever it was before. The past is always past and never comes back to us. Even if we can’t see a visible difference, nonetheless change is there. We will change too. Exactly how? That remains to be seen.

Sunset by the Blackstone

For any number of hard-to-describe reasons, December hasn’t been my month for taking brilliant pictures. I felt frustrated and a bit down. I get this way in the winter, though not usually this bad, I generally don’t go out much in winter, especially when there’s snow or ice on the ground. This year, of course, we’ve barely been out at all since last March. I did take pictures, just not my best.

By the way, is 2020 that last year of the tens or the first year of the twenties? Just wondering.

I always have a lot of bird and squirrel pictures, some of which are not bad. The birds don’t stand around and pose for me, so it’s always a bit of a grab-bag when shooting wild creatures. They seem less wild this winter and don’t fly away instantly if we come out onto the porch. At least, not right away. I think they know we are feed them and are not dangerous.

I’ll skip the Christmas pictures and just add one more tidbit. The Duke is looking splendid and a bit trimmer from his diet. No matter what he tells you, he is not starving, nor shaking from imminent starvation. Do not listen to a word he says!

This is the end of 2020 and the end of this year’s Changing Seasons. I had hoped we’d be in a slightly better place by now, but life does what it does. It may or may not be what we want. While some of you — in Australia and New Zealand — went through weeks of lockdown, those of us in the U.S. have been in lockdown for nine months with more to come. I did okay with the first six months. Less well in the following one and by this month, found myself yearning for friendly people, anything non-political, news unrelated to COVID and which didn’t come to me via a news service. I have no idea how I’ll get through the next four or five months until this country finally organizes vaccine distribution and maybe — just maybe — gets our government functioning again. But I’ll get there or at least I’ll give it my absolutely best shot.

About The Changing Seasons

The Changing Seasons is a monthly project where bloggers around the world share their thoughts and feelings about the month just gone. We all approach this slightly differently — though generally with an emphasis on the photos we’ve taken that month. For many of us, looking over these photos provides a structure and narrative, so each month is different. Others focus on documenting the changes in a particular project — such as a garden, an art or craft project, or a photographic diary of a familiar landscape.

In the end, it is your changing season, and you should approach it however works for you. There are no fixed rules around post length or photo number — just a request that you respect your readers’ time and engagement.

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Categories: birds, Blackstone River, Blackstone Valley, Changing Seasons, Gallery, New England, Photography, Squirrel, Wildlife

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28 replies

  1. finally!! lovely images Marilyn!


  2. I hope 2021 is a much better year for you both (and Duke of course)


  3. Fat-bottomed squirrels, you make the rocking world go round. I LOVE that photo!!

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  4. Beautiful photos! Happy New Year!

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  5. hi marilyn! I do agree, lockdown is so tough. We here in ireland, are back in lockdown again now, for the 3rd time! I just simply cannot wait for the vaccines to roll out so I can travel to meet my best friend who lives in colorado! Xxx

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    • Fingers crossed for you, Carol anne and your bestie in Colorado. Happy New Year!


    • I can’t even see friends who live less than 100 miles away and the frustration begins to wear you down. Especially since the vaccine rollout has been ridiculously slow. We should have vaccinated millions by now — but here, in this states, it’s fewer than 100,000. I think the number they gave this morning was 88,000 in total and New York is running at the same SLOW SLOW SLOW rate. If they don’t start to move faster very soon, it literally could be YEARS before I’m even in the queue.

      By the way, we honeymooned in Ireland for about a month. You have such a beautiful, friendly country. If I had to move anywhere in the world, Ireland would be my first choice.


  6. A very happy, healthy, and hopeful new year to you and Garry.

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  7. Happy new year to you too Marilyn 🎆

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