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Photo Journal/ Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons

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The theme of this week’s photo challenge is Changing Seasons as hosted by the folks at The Daily Post at WordPress. When I read the theme, I was instantly reminded of the time when we traveled from Brentwood, California to Lake Tahoe and we could visibly see the changing of the seasons as the green trees gradually become powdered with snow until the entire place looks like Winter Wonderland. We enjoyed the seemingly-magical transformation of our surroundings. Hope you enjoy the turning color of the leaves in these photographs.

 On our Way to Lake Tahoe and Winter Wonderland

Definitely not much snow yet. Road is clear. Trees are still green.
Definitely not much snow yet. Road is clear. Trees are still green.

“The snow doesn’t give a soft white damn whom it touches.” 
― E.E. Cummings

Trees are bare.
Trees are bare.

“With luck, it might even snow for us.” 
― Haruki MurakamiAfter Dark

The leaves seem cold.
The leaves seem cold.

“A cold wind was blowing from the north, and it made the trees rustle like living things.” 
― George R.R. MartinA Game of Thrones

A bit of frosting here and there.
A bit of frosting here and there.

“Well, I know now. I know a little more how much a simple thing like a snowfall can mean to a person” 
― Sylvia PlathThe Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

One can glimpse the last few traces of autumn in the leaves.
One can glimpse the last few traces of autumn in the leaves.

“A wet autumn morning, a garbage truck clattering down the street. The first snowfall of the season, blossom sized flakes falling languidly and melting on the ground, a premature snow fall delicate as lace, rapidly melting.” 
― Joyce Carol Oates

We see the snow in the distance.
We see the snow in the distance.

“A small and sinister snow seems to be coming down relentlessly at present. The radio says it is eventually going to be sleet and rain, but I don’t think so; I think it is just going to go on and on, coming down, until the whole world…etc. It has that look.” 
― Edward GoreyFloating Worlds: The Letters of Edward Gorey & Peter F. Neumeyer

And the trees are now dusted with silver.
And the trees are now dusted with silver, the road still clear.

“I don’t really like driving in the snow. There’s something about the motion of the falling snowflakes that hurts my eyes, throws my sense of balance all to hell. It’s like tumbling into a field of stars.”
― Neil GaimanThe Sandman, Vol. 8: Worlds’ End

And we are in Winter Wonderland, the world blanketed in snow.
And we are in Winter Wonderland, the world blanketed in snow.
Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

15 comments on “Photo Journal/ Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons

  1. I really like the last photo and the Robert Frost poem is a lovely way to finish the post.

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  2. annetjiesepoems

    I think your blog is wonderful.

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  4. what a great story. it is sometimes uncanny how the weather can change in the course of a drive.
     
    this reminds me of a trip to Leavenworth, WA eastbound along Highway 2 via Stevens Pass ending up in blizzard conditions – on the first day of spring! If you would like to see the view we had – because i was riding shotgun and could not stop capturing images – you are certainly welcome to do so right here, but no pressure, of course 🙂
     
    in any case, thank you for sharing!

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  9. I love the quotes you picked to illustrate your photos…some of my favorite authors…

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  14. I love your wintry weather shots… The first one is spectacular. Hope you had a blast in Tahoe! 🙂

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