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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

The Solitary Cypress

Solitary Cypress ~ Val d'Orcia region of Tuscany

This lone cypress tree compelled me to find a spot to stop the car and pull out the camera as we drove through the Val d’Orcia region of Tuscany last summer.  A couple of other trees, just skeletal trunks and branches nearby, may have once kept it company, but now only the solitary cypress remains in this classic Tuscan landscape.  There was something magically compelling about this scene, as if the tree had a story to tell.  But, perhaps it is just another example of that magic of Tuscany itself.

Ciao! ~ Kat B.