A Year of Changing Seasons

First of all: I want to apologize for not having replied to all your lovely comments on my latest post yet. Just two words of explanation: stomach bug. 😦

So now that I almost feel like a human being again, I will get to it as soon as I hit the publish button for this post. 😉

 

I can´t actually believe it, but it´s been a year now that I joined the wonderful monthly Photo challenge “The Changing Seasons” originally invented by Max at Cardinal Guzman and that since then has been hosted by my very dear friend Su from over at Zimmerbitch.

And because of my own disbelief, I thought it would be nice to do a little recap, sharing with you one pic representing each post. If you´re interested in reading the original one, just follow the links added to each picture.

 

And of course we start with January, where I found this interesting little leaf hiding behind one of my succulents.

 

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New life out of decay (January 2018)

 

In February I had to get a new passport and came upon this lovely little window in the Citizen Registration Office. I couldn’t help it and had some fun editing the shot with Snapseed.

 

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Window, Citizen Registration Office Berlin (February 2018)

 

This was taken one early morning in March…

 

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Barren Branches take 1 (March 2018)

 

Finally Spring was nearly there, and I enjoyed the beauty and the colors of a bunch of tulips I´d gotten as a gift.

 

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Tulip (April 2018)

 

More signs of new life in May. I just love these curled up ferns!

 

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Fern (May 2018)

 

Due to circumstances I didn´t participate in The Changing Seasons in June but did take part in the Seven Days Photo Challenge. Here´s my contribution for Day 6 of the challenge:

 

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Rats enjoying a healthy dinner of sunflower seeds (June 2018)

 

After having so often admired Su’s wonderful sourdough creations, I finally gave in and tried to make my own sourdough starter in July. There were a few ups and downs, some of my starters didn’t pull through because it was just too hot, but my current starter is now 5 months old and happy as can be. As is his mother. 😉

 

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Sourdough ready to go into the oven (July 2018)

 

In August I had the most fun watching this particular indefatigable bee that kept coming back to my pomegranate tree, enjoying the rich pollen and getting a little high on it. 😉

 

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Lightheaded Bee (August 2018)

 

In September I spent a lovely day at our Zoo:

 

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Family of Hamadryas baboons, the poor little guy in the middle is being tugged at the tail from his older sibling (September 2018)

 

In October I started experimenting with a new painting technique, acrylic pouring, after having watched some amazing videos on youtube about it.

 

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A Whirl of Colours – acrylic pouring painting (October 2018)

 

Another new hobby was found in December, the art of crocheting little amigurumi animals. This little fox I made for a friend´s new baby:

 

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Little amigurumi fox (December 2018)

 

What I enjoyed even more than writing these blog posts at he end of each month, was reading what all the other bloggers who took part in this challenge, were up to during that same time.

And I look forward to a new Year of Changing Seasons and hope you do too!

 

If you´d like to know more about this challenge or even participate, here are the rules:

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.

 

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51 thoughts on “A Year of Changing Seasons

  1. While watching your beautiful photos, your blogposts came back to me. Great round-up. Time flies indeed! One thing does not change though: you are so talented! All of your photos are truly beautiful, but that window – Wow! Stunning. I’m glad to hear you are feeling better Sarah. Hugs. xoxo

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  2. I’m so sorry you were feeling sick, Sarah, and hope you are better now! Believe me, I understand. While I’ve been fine, I’ve been caring for my sick grandson for the past two days and am very behind on my blogging as a result!

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  3. I am so glad you are feeling better now.
    I love this round-up post and there is no way I can choose a favourite image (although I am very impressed by your sourdough— and glad the starter is thriving).
    You inspire me with the range and depth of your talents and I’m so glad to know you.

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    • Aww – thank you so much for your lovely words, Su! Did I complain just now about cold feet and hands? Forget about it, now I’m toasty warm thanks to you! 😄❤
      And the feeling is mutual – your talent in all the things you endeavour in always keep me in awe! I’m beyond grateful for having met you here, my friend! Xxxxxx

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  4. You’ve made it too hard to pick a favorite from all of these delightful photos! (It takes real talent to make rats look appealing.) I’ll have to go with the ferns as my favorite because of their texture and color.

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  5. Sarah, I hope you’re feeling much better now. This was a fun post as I remember most of the original articles. You’ve had a busy, exploratory year. Can’t wait to see all your new posts for 2019 – and I hope you remain healthy.

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    • Thanks so much, Shari! I do feel much better – and am admittedly already back on eating too much cookies! 😉 LOL!
      It was such fun doing this challenge and I really look forward to continue with it. I would suggest that you should join it too, if I didn’t know that you’re already busy with writing and finding editors/agents. There´s only so much one human being can do, even though we sometimes try to do it all, right? But better to invest more time in one goal than in several at once and be successful in it. Priorities are so important to bring us where we want to be. 🙂

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  6. Wow it’s amazing that you kept this up for a year- well done 🙂 And love your life out of decay pic 🙂 And gosh that window and the barren branches are simply stunning!! In fact I just love all your pictures (is it obvious that I just began listing them all- cos *wow* they’re all amazing!!) Such an awesome wrap up!! 😀 ❤

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    • Hehe! No one was more surprised than me! 😉 Good thing this challenge only takes place once a month! 😀 Thanks so much for your lovely comment, they always mean so much to me and make my day! Have a wonderful one! 🙂 💕

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  7. Glad you are on the mend Sarah. I really like this, your photos are superb, March in my Favorite (Photo not month!). Great shots all round though. I would live to take part, I have been chatting to Su myself recently, being a half and all that! I’m struggling with time to work on my own projects though, so I will probably just live all your months vicariously instead. I hope you have a wonderful year.

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    • Thanks so much, Gavin! I think it would be awesome if you decided to join The Changing Seasons! You don´t have to do this every month, you know, just whenever you feel like it. 🙂 It´s really a lovely way to recap your month and add maybe some aspects you don’t cover in your usual blogging. Just a thought. 😉 Have a wonderful year too and thanks again for your lovely comment!

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    • My pleasure, Inese! ☺That window did have a magical touch even without the editing, it was pure coincidence I came upon it.
      And those cheeky rodents know what’s good, lots of omega 3 fatty acids for a soft and glossy fur. 😉 xxxxxxxx

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