Change of Seasons (30 Days of Gratitude: Day 10)

Minnesotans love to talk about the weather. It’s probably because there’s always something to talk about. We gripe when the weather turns hot and humid; we gripe just as loud when the temps turn frigid and the snow piles up.

Winter versus Fall

Setting aside the aggravations, the change of seasons brings new delights — a shift in colors, a fresh look for old landscapes. The changing seasons also bring with them a perennial sense of renewal with the comforting pattern of spring to summer, fall to winter. Always a chance to begin again …

~ Kat


Autumn’s Last Breath — And a Peek of Winter (30 Days of Gratitude: Day 2)

The mums are still blooming, and the later-turning trees continue their attempts to embrace the palette of Fall, even while Winter tries to push in several weeks early with its monochromatic color scheme!

Cluster of Red and Gold

Blanketing the Mums

Clinging to Fall


Grateful that Mother Nature finds a way to make it pretty, even as we curse winter’s early arrival — the change of seasons bring new wonders! Plus, the early “peek” of winter always “piques” our interest in winter activities …. cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, anyone?!

~ Kat

This post was in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge. “Peek” is this week’s theme. Everyone is welcome to join in the Challenge; further details on how to participate and links to others’ responses are found here: Peek.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons

Thanksgiving Day marked an abrupt change of season from fall to winter in northern Minnesota.  Thanksgiving morning was beautiful and sunny with temperatures reaching 50 °F (10 °C) by early afternoon.  As the day progressed, a cold front with gusty winds and snow moved in, dropping the temperatures overnight by 30 °F.

Beetle Shell in the Old Cedar Tree ~ Northern Minnesota

I used a photo from Thanksgiving weekend to respond to the recent “Thankful” theme and found myself returning to photos from that weekend for the “Changing Seasons” theme, as well.  While walking along the lakeshore near our cabin, I came across this scene in the crevice of an old cedar tree.  A single, crispy leaf tucked away as a remnant of autumn, next to an old beetle shell from summer, mixed with the fresh snow of the impending formal change to winter – nature’s display box of the three seasons.  This cedar tree had no room for a symbol of spring — in Minnesota, that is the start of road construction season!

To read how you can participate in the Daily Post’s “Weekly Photo Challenge” and to see other responses to this week’s theme of “Changing Seasons,” click here.

Ciao! ~ Kat