Changing Seasons 2017: January

As the midwinter celebrations fade into memory, the new year settles into a haze of grey monotony – a progression of days shrouded in obscuring mist. But even amidst the gloom, an allure can be found if you open your eyes to the sight. Light will filter through even on the dullest of days.

(Remember to click on the galleries for better views of the photographs.)

Find your way to the natural places, and breathe deep of the chill air. Bathe in the peace to be found as you connect with the earth. The daylight might yet be thin, lacking the strength to which it will grow in the months to come, but it is strong enough to enliven your spirit as you walk across the meadow and beneath the trees.

Whilst no flowers yet bloom, and the trees remain starkly bare, there is still beauty to be found in the minutiae of the wild places. Beneath your feet toadstools continue to emerge, whilst moss, ivy and lichen add touches of greenery to a largely umber world. Droplets cling to leaves and branches, reflecting back at you a miniature world, bathed in light.

Amongst the branches a multitude of birds flit, darting from perch to perch in search of sustenance. Blue tits, long tailed tits and blackbirds can all be spotted, adding life an movement to the wintry tableau.

A final sight to lift your spirits can be seen as January draws to an end. The first hints of Spring’s revival can be found amidst the remnants of the old year – fresh green leaves reaching towards the sky. Soon new life will arrive.

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This post is for Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons 2017. As usual, I have far more than the 5-20 pictures we’re asked to share – though this is barely a quarter of those I could have included. Sorry, Cardinal. o_O I’d say that I’ll try to stick to the limit better next month, but I know just how low the likelihood of that is!

As I began last year’s challenge in February, this post actually brings me full circle. I had thought about photographing a different place this year – but the meadow, wooded area and stream is where I always want to visit when I head out of the house with my camera. And there’s always something different to be seen…

If you’d like to take a look at some of the previous posts for this challenge, I’ve now added a Changing Seasons category to the menu at the top of the page to make them easier to find.

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13 thoughts on “Changing Seasons 2017: January

  1. Lovely photographs and a nice reminder that beauty and wonder are all around — even if we have to look harder for them at times.

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    1. I’m glad you like them, David. Finding nature’s beauty in January is definitely much harder – especially when you don’t have any of the ‘pretty’ weather, like frost or snow! But it can still be found if you look hard enough. Thanks for visiting. 🙂

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  2. Breathtaking…I mean really taking my breath away…the droplets of water…the light…the spring green of new growth…truly magical.

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    1. Thank you, Jean. 🙂 We’ve not had that many days with pleasant light this January – it’s actually been really overcast for most of the month. But I’ve tried to make the most of the nice days we have had! I’m really glad you liked the pictures. 😀

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    1. Thank you, Sabina. I’m very glad you like them. 🙂 Sorry for the delay in replying – our internet connection is really rubbish at the moment, and it seems to dislike WordPress more than any other website! If I can persuade the pages to load, I’ll pop over to your blogs later on today.

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