The Changing Seasons – June 2018


It´s time again for the wonderful challenge The Changing Seasons, invented by Max from Cardinal Guzman and now hosted by my dear friend Su from Zimmerbitch.


The month of June started with admiring beautiful Irises in a little park nearby. Unfortunately I forgot to reload the battery of my camera and after only one single shot it gave up on me!


Iris – the last shot my camera allowed me to take before the battery ran out (June 2018)


In a city like Berlin there´s always much to see but I love those moments the best when you happen to stumble upon something beautifully unexpected on a walk, like I did this time in another near-by park where a group of musicians met to give an impromptu concert.

Is it needless to say that I quickly let my camera down after this shot and was happily dancing with a group of equally delighted spectators? I think it is. 😉


Beating the drums (June 2018)


And after that I discovered that our little animal shelter in the same park had something irresistibly cute in store for me:


Two little cashmere goat kids (June 2018)


And inspired by all this new life and greenery I thought I might give it a try and paint something green myself: a single leaf of a water lily or Nymphaea

The ancient Egyptians revered the Nile water lilies, which were known as lotuses. The lotus, rising from the bottom mud to unfold its petals to the sun, suggested the glory of the sun’s own emergence from the primaeval slime. It was a metaphor of creation. It was a symbol of the fertility gods and goddesses as well as a symbol of the upper Nile as the giver of life.

This leaf however is from the Nmphaea pubescens, the hairy water lily. This plant can be found in tropical Asia, as well as in northeastern Australia and Papua New Guinea.

The leaves of this plant have fuzzy or hairy undersides and the stems are covered by the same hairs as well, hence the name “pubescens” or “hairy” of the species. This is not a characteristic that is apparent when looking at the plant from above the water though.


leaf Kopie
A single leaf of the Nympaea pubescens, the hairy water lily (water color on paper; June 2018)




And here are the guidelines for The Changing Season if you’re interested in participating:

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´s original monthly post, she can update it with links to yours.

Published by Sarah

Artist & Illustrator

47 thoughts on “The Changing Seasons – June 2018

    1. Thanks so much, Inese! Those goats are much bigger now but still full of play and mischief. 😉 Have a beautiful weekend, dear friend and thank you so much for taking the time to check in on me- I truly appreciate it very much! Xxxxxxxxxx ❤

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  1. Great photos, though I’m sorry your camera battery died on you. June is a glorious month, isn’t it? Then again, each month has its beauty and charm (mostly – ha ha). Beautiful drawing with such realistic depth. I loved the symbolism of the Nile lotus. Wonderful, Sarah.

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    1. Thanks so much, Diana! June is glorious indeed – let´s hope July will be too! 😀
      I´ve always been fascinated by Egyptian art and culture, even studied it for about a semester, but the hieroglyphics really were too difficult for me so I changed subjects where I didn’t need to learn a new language – lol! 😀

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  2. Your painting is so delicate and lovely, Sarah, and everything about this post is beautiful and exudes joy…the iris, the concert in the park, and the adorable baby goat. Wishing you a lovely day, my friend…❤🌷🎶🐰(couldn’t find a goat emoji) 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much, Lauren! I’m always on the lookout for beautiful and joyful things and I’m so glad I can share them here with all my friends and hope it might brighten their day as they do mine.
      Have a fabulous day too dear friend! 😊💖🐐

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  3. You’ve enjoyed a beautiful summer so far, Sarah, and still so many days ahead of you.The iris (such a range of one color) the drummers (a community of musicians) and the baby goats (oh please, how could anyone resist?) I really like the delicate way you painted your lily leaf, letting the veins tell the story. Can’ wait to see what you post next.

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    1. Thanks so much, Shari! I was really lucky that day with the musicians – it turned out they were a traveling group on their way to a festival nearby, and decided to practice in my park because that was near their hotel.
      And I had lots of fun painting that leave – the veins were so fascinating to follow with the eye and I could feel myself letting go of all that stress from the past days and weeks.
      Wish you a beautiful and creative day, dear friend! 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much, Jacqui! I love beating the drums to and did so regularly when I was still at school, it really does have some sort of therapeutic effect, doesn’t it? Nowadays I only listen to it being played though but the effect is just the same. 🙂
      Have a beautiful day, my friend!


  4. Baby goats … I need nothing more in my life than baby goats with cashmere coats! But your dialogue, your photos and most especially the hairy leaf are gifts indeed. Thank you Sarah …. your work is beautiful xxxxxxxx

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    1. Thank you so much, Fiona! I knew you would love the baby goats – they would fit in nicely in your one-day farm, wouldn’t they? 😉
      Have a beautiful day and an amazing week, dear friend! xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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      1. We are plotting and scheming that farm and it calls me on to get everything finished here …. the goats would definitely be a good fit. Watch this space 😉. You are a wonderful friend, Sarah and I am fortunate to know you xxxxxxxxxxx

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  5. I just love your watercolor paintings so much, Sarah. They always bring a big smile to my face. And this gorgeous hairy water Lily is once again succeeding the task. Choosing watercolor as your media for painting the water Lily was a brilliant idea by the way. Great medium to render the details of the leaf too. You have done it beautifully. I’m smiling as well trying to imagine you happily dancing in the park. I’m sure the crowd enjoyed this delightful moment. 😎

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    1. Thank you so much, Dominique! It was really fun painting that leave, especially since I´ve never done it before, always being a bit shy about painting flowers and such because my mum used to be a professional porcelain painter and specialized in exactly these kind of paintings. So I feel more comfortable with painting humans and animals but think it´s important to stretch your wings a little from tie to time and try out new things and test those boundaries we often set for ourselves.
      I´m not so sure if me dancing in the park look any good but it came from the heart – like all dancing should be – and I bet it made people laugh which is always a good thing! 🙂 xxxxx

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      1. I remember reading a post in which you talked about your mum being a porcelain painter. I thought it was a cool job and she must have been really good at it too since she was working for a well known company. I think it is brave that you aloud yourself to explore. It is scary sometimes as you already know but that’s how we make discoveries. You are an amazing artist Sarah and it is always a pleasure to see your paintings as well as your sculptures and photographs. And let’s not forget your writing. You never cease to amaze me, dear friend. Keep dancing please. xoxo

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      2. Aww – thank you so much, my friend! Your words truly are like balm to my soul. 🙂 And I think you´re very right about needing to allow ourselves to explore – our minds and souls are meant to be boundless but we often chain them down by lethargy and/or our daily lives.
        I meant to write a post about my mum´s art to show you what I was talking of 😉 thank you for reminding me of that!
        Hope you´ll keep dancing with me! 🙂 xoxo

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    1. Thanks so much, Tracy! And it really feels good to be painting again. Like a little holiday from all that stress in the past weeks. I also believe that greenery does wonders for the soul – luckily I have green fingers. 😉
      Have a wonderful day, my friend! 🙂

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  6. A nice collection, Sarah. Oh gosh, it’s frustrating when you go to shoot and don’t have a battery or memory card or such. I’m looking forward to seeing July’s collection. Cheers!

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    1. Thank you, Chris! Normally I carry an extra battery but this time I forgot to put it back in the bag after reloading it! 😀 Ah, well, a good reason to visit the park again. 😉
      Have a beautiful week! Cheers! 🙂

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  7. Your water lily is beautiful Sarah, and I’m totally in love with those little baby goats. I really like the idea of an impromptu concert — music in public spaces is wonderful. Hope July brings lots of opportunities to explore and create too my friend. xxxxx 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much, Su! I just wish I could have climbed over the fence and cuddle the goats!! But it was fun watching them playing around and doing unexpected jumps from time to time. 🙂 xxxxxxxx

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      1. Our adult goats are very sweet-tempered actually, they always come near the fence for a bit ear scratching. Maybe it’s their soft cashmere coat that makes them that way. 😁

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    1. Thank you, dear brother! 😉 The heatwave is going to visit here too in a day or so. Today it´s a lovely 28 degrees but then it´s going up, up , up! Will need all the water lilies I can get! 😀
      Have a beautiful week too!

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  8. Lovely shots of summer, and your detailed sketch of the water lily leaf! Yes, I think I can see you happily dancing away with the crowd… 😉 such fun on a glorious summer’s day! 😃 Have a great week, my friend, thanks for your bright and cheery post. 🎶 💕 ☀️

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    1. Thanks so much, Iris! After the last post I thought it was time for a bit cheering up. 🙂 There´s lots of music in the city now, the musicians are shooting up from the ground in good weather like mushrooms! 😀 A little walk can bring you some beautiful violin music just to be followed by a jazzy trumpet and then a Spanish guitar!
      Have a beautiful week, dear friend! xoxo ❤

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