It has been a minimally photographic month, mostly because it has been HOT HOT HOT. And dry, dry, dry 🔥Then we got a little bit of rain — just enough to make the ragweed bloom. Anyone who wasn’t hip to climate change before has gotten the message now.

The birds are out-eating themselves and are breeding like crazy. The squirrels are out-breeding rabbits. And they all come to our buffet because (trumpets!) — we are the only game in this pocket of the valley.

I tried to commit suicide by eating enough seafood to last a normal year, but it was my first time by the shore in a while and it was so very good. I was so sick, too. It wasn’t bad food. It was an insane amount of over-indulgence and the worst part? I’d do it again. I’m almost recovered. I guess we all have limits and I met mine.

And that more or less sums up the month. I can’t show pictures of “lack of rain.” I’ve always felt that the inability to show the lack of something was a flaw in the photographic process.

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. It’s also a really good way to show the effects of changing climate in your part of the world. When this project began — maybe 8 or 9 years ago? — no one was talking about climate change. Strange how this project has morphed into something it wasn’t intended to be, but feels right.

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 to respect your readers’ time and engagement.

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15 replies

  1. Hi, Marilyn, I love the picture of the squirrel, holding on, just like I do when I go up and down stairs. Must be a dear old soul. LOL Yours and Garry’s coast pictures make me want to jump into them! I love the sailboat and how beautifully you framed it. Sorry about the overindulgence in seafood. That seems to be what I do with all food these days! 🙂


  2. After this hot hot hot summer for many, I wonder if there are still many nay-sayers to the reality of climate change (probably, right?)

    The sun does make for lovely photography though – your captures are so delightful: my favourites are the squirrel images, particularly the one with him turning away, with his paw on the “railing”.

    I am glad you enjoyed your seafood venture, though it was not without repercussion 🙂


  3. Marilyn, I enjoyed this so much! You and Garry have such a gift in capturing life. I love seeing your lives through your “lenses”. If there’s anything I could overindulge in~to the point of sickness~it’s seafood. Thank you for sharing!


  4. Lovely photos. Yep, there’s really no denying now that the climate is changing, though many still will.


    • The deniers are ALL people who financially benefit from the way things are currently done. Talk about stupid and short-sighted or maybe stupidly short-sighted. They have families and children and grandchildren. Don’t they want them to have a world to live in? I have a lot of trouble understanding how people who are mostly already wealthy are willing to sacrifice the world for more money when they already have more than enough. It’s insane.

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  5. So wonderful Marilyn. Great photos. So many I cannot pick a favourite. I am a seafood over indulger as well when I get to the coast or one of the good seafood restaurants here.

    It would be a bit to ask that people would become more aware of climate change but like you, I am always hopeful that people will alter their habits, even just a little, to assist our environment before it is too difficult to reverse the damage.

    Thank you for joining in The Changing Seasons with Ju-Lyn and me 🙂 🙂


    • I’ve been involved with this project since it began and have watched it evolve. Like you, I hope my pictures inspire other people to pay attention to the wild things who share our world. I’m think I’ve gotten at least a few people to start feeding birds and other wildlife. It’s not a huge help, but it’s something. If each person I encourage goes and encourages one MORE person, we could start a trend!

      Originally, this project was all about taking good pictures, but it has changed. It really is more about changing season and climate than it had been. We can’t change the whole world, but maybe we can change a few people who will change a few more. Your photographs have ENORMOUSLY improved since I started following you. I don’t know what inspired you, but whatever it is, keep going. You are doing wonderful photography of birds, flowers, and creatures.

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      • It is probably up-grading cameras that has helped change my photos


        • Whatever you did, you did well. Your pictures look great! I know everyone says “it’s not the tools, but the photographer,” but personally? A really good camera and high quality lenses matters. A LOT. It’s why we spend so much money on quality cameras and lenses — even when we can’t quite afford it. Cell phones aren’t cameras. They are better than nothing, but they aren’t as good and are so much harder to use than cameras.


          • Yeah phone cameras are not my favourite as I have an old phone. The new phone cameras are quite something and people who haven’t the knack are doing great things


            • Yes, they can produce good pictures, but the things that are simple to do with a camera and a lens, especially a macro lens or a good telephoto lens are often better — and easier. The fit into your hand. Cameras are “hand friendly” and cell phones, not so much. Or at least for me, after so many years — now more than 50 years — cameras “fit” me. I use a cell phone when I have no other device available and I get a decent pictures. The last time was at a wedding and a cell was the only thing that would fit in an evening purse — and I found myself 66 stories above Boston with an astonishing view of the harbor. I couldn’t NOT take pictures, but oh how I wish I’d had a camera. With a wide angle lens!

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