The Changing Seasons, January 2022

Well, this has certainly been a weathery month for we who live in the north across the whole U.S. as well as many part of the slightly more south areas of the Midwest. It was warm, cold, very cold, arctic, warm, rainy, and finally, BLIZZARD. Way to go weather!

Photo: Owen Kraus
Photo: Garry Armstrong

For lots of reasons, I haven’t been out much. I think (finally) Omicron is going away. This doesn’t mean that some other variant won’t pop up. We’ve had this show on the road for a few years now and it looks like — with the assistance of those anti-vaxxers who just can’t deal with “facts” and “science,” it may never leave. It will just keep coming up with new variations and because too much of the population isn’t vaccinated, there will always be plenty of people to infect.

It shouldn’t be like this.

Otherwise, I’ve been plugging away at drawing stuff. Discovering, for example, that snow is really difficult to draw, especially when it’s just flat white with not much in the way of shadows.

Otherwise, there have been a lot of birds. Big birds. I think they have pushed the little ones away — most of the time. They do come back sometimes, but then they Blue Jays, Grackles, and Doves take over and they give up. They do get some time at the feeders. Past a certain point, I can’t control the birds and this time of year, I’m not going to take away their food.

I have a lot more pictures, but many of them are not ready for prime time and will probably be deleted. I’m sure they could be processed to be better, but the amount of work required seems above and beyond. The pictures are good, but not great and if the world doesn’t see them, I think it will be okay. There will be more and better pictures to come.

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 during the month.

For many of us, looking back over these photos provides the structure and narrative of our post, so each month is different. Some 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.

But 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.

Tags and ping-backs

Tag your photos with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so others can find them

Create a ping-back to Brian at Bushboys World or this post, so that they can update it with links to all everyone’s monthly post.

So now, we move into February. Not my favorite month, but at least it is short. And after February is over, we start to have little dreams of spring, that maybe this year, we will have a true spring.

Categories: #Birds, #ChangingSeasons, #gallery, #MonthlyPhotoChallenge, #Photography, Anecdote, climate change, Grackle, snow, Storms, Weather, Winter

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5 replies

  1. You have such stunning birds to keep you company …. and those blustery landscapes! It really is a different world from Singapore. I love the blast of cold that comes through, if only for a few moments, but I love your view.

    Thank you for sharing your January. Keep safe and well in the month ahead as you look forward to Finally Spring.


  2. Winter looks so enticing! I could sit by the window and just watch the snow fall gently!


  3. You have done a wonderful job of making Winter look pretty 🙂 Your art is also fantastic….so much talent.


    • Winter IS beautiful. If we didn’t have to go anywhere or do anything and could just stay home by a crackling fire and go out just for sledding? It would be GREAT. It only gets to be a problem because we need the roads cleared, the driveway cleared, the sidewalks shoveled, and all the ice removed so we don’t break our heads. But for beauty? It’s wonderful.



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