Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 01

Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 01

Cardinal Guzman has come up with a very good idea and that is to photograph monthly something scenic, be it urban or rural.  To then capture this again in a month’s time and repeat until a complete year of shots is taken.  I am taking it that one should take shots of the same area to show the difference through the Seasons, but I guess this doesn’t have to be the case, just my take on it and choice I suppose.

For those of you interested in joining, don’t worry about the dates, there is no final deadline, just a suggestion, so you still have time to go out there and create a gallery for this lovely monthly exhibit.

Now on to my photos for Cardinal’s Monthly Photo Challenge:  The Changing Seasons (click the link to pop by his blog and read all about it).

Richmond Park

Most of you will know that this is my favourite place and luckily for me is local.  When I saw this challenge, this was my natural choice.

A relative said to me the other day that how could I find Richmond Park so interesting, and I replied “How could you not?”  I guess it is differences in one’s own personal taste, but I would be hard pushed to think that someone wouldn’t find something of appeal or interest here.

I went there for this photo challenge just as the sun was setting.  I had a lovely surprise of the deer being near the Gates where I entered.  Normally they are deep in to the thick of the forest and not seen, so whhopee I was very excited.  They are notably shy and heck why not as green clad men come in once a year and start to shoot them (called culling).

In my experience of getting photographs of deer I always end up with shots of their bottoms, a perfect example below but what lovely furry bottoms hey?

You can see my son was determined, crawling amongst the grass like some intrepid explorer to get closer, a small child nearby puzzled at his actions and asking me what on earth he was doing.

One of the things that always catches my breath in Richmond Park is the stark contrast visually when you get to the council blocks thrusting up upon the green lush rural skyline.  That to me is so indicative of the stark contrast of lives even in such a compact area.

There is a beautiful lake/pond, I am not sure which categorizes which but this will become part of my focal point in the coming Seasons for this challenge.  I loved the plant wall that had grown up on one side, the way the trees look so majestic and striving to make their presence known even with the dimming light.

Teddy of course had to had a little modelling session, he won’t change with the seasons though I don’t think.

Last but not least I have two other favourites, one being ‘The Bench’.  I am starting a habit of photographing people on benches it appears.  You can see a silhouette example here – Weekly Photo challenge: Shadowed

These looked to me like two young lovers, watching the avian life upon the waters and the sunset casting its orange glow.

The second is ‘The Tree’.  I love this tree, how it is split right down the middle, like lightning might have had a go at it.  My youngest always without fail climbs this tree and my header for my ‘It’s a lonely place’ blog which chronicles my journey with Chronic Pain is in fact this very tree with him standing on the edge.

I have presented the photos in a gallery but if you are looking at them from a desktop you might one to click each one to make bigger, if you are so inclined and see that each one is labelled 😀

Thank you for viewing my gallery today, I would love to chat, have some feedback, so please don’t go away until another season, Justine xxx

© Justine Nagaur


  56 comments for “Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 01

  1. January 15, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    I love these photos Justine! Makes me want to visit Richmond Park myself! In fact, I looked it up online. I’ve actually been to Wimbledon before, and was surprised to see that this park isn’t too far off from it. Love that tree stump, hope I can see it for myself one day. 🙂 Happy Thursday!!

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    • January 15, 2015 at 4:26 PM

      ah I hope you can too, if your near I can take you there hehe, take a cup of tea to sit on top of it and drink whilst taking in the view, that would be novel lol. Yes it’s very near Wimbledon, I do hope you get to see it sometime and thank you for your lovely comments :)xxx

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  2. January 15, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Very nice. Interesting challenge but wouldn’t work for me. We are never in one spot for that long.

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    • January 15, 2015 at 7:00 PM

      hah yes that is true for you, but it shows you have a diverse and interesting life. Glad you like the pics x


  3. January 15, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Picture 147 is my favourite, you could have that as a desk top image, it’s beautiful xx

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    • January 15, 2015 at 7:01 PM

      thank you i didnt realize they still had their numbers on them thought i had gotten rid of that, awe that is a sweet thing to say, i might try it as a screen saver 😀 Thank you for your lovely word sx

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  4. NotAPunkRocker
    January 15, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Wonderful as usual. I wish I had the time and scenery to take pictures like these 😀

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    • January 15, 2015 at 7:02 PM

      awe thank you well i threw quite a few away then some more lol, and forced my kids out much to their disgust at having to go out in the fresh air oh the things we do for our hobbies hey? x

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  5. January 15, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Lovely pictures! I think the shot of the couple on the bench is probably my favourite. 🙂 I can’t wait to see how the scenery changes over the year.

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    • January 15, 2015 at 7:05 PM

      thank you yes i am getting a habit of sneaking up on people on benches lol, hopefully i wont get in trouble 😀 Thank you so much for commenting and I shall enjoy showing you the monthly changes x

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  6. January 15, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    Oh wow, my dearest Justine, these are stunning photos you made. And you were daring to say otherwise…how could you? Loved them al. The deer stalker, sorry, watcher, and the bottoms of the subjects themselves are great photos. Already looking forward to the next ones and meanwhile we keep chatting here and everywhere. lol. xxx

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    • January 15, 2015 at 6:59 PM

      hah yes chat away and lol I love their furry bums and now it makes me laugh every time i look in the viewer and there they are again, i go around the other side, by the time i get there it’s bottom again haha.. thank you for your lovely comments x


  7. January 15, 2015 at 6:34 PM

    What better place than Richmond Park for this challenge? Jealous 😉

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    • January 15, 2015 at 6:58 PM

      Awe thank you well you should come over and I can show you the sights!!!


  8. January 15, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    This was a great entry and a good read too. Normally I don’t have time to read much, but now I’ve put my son to sleep and the apartment is quiet and calm. I agree with you: how can someone not like that park?

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    • January 15, 2015 at 7:15 PM

      Exactly, I just adore it, and it is so huge but i dont even get bored with going on the same walk, but it is never the same especially with the kids lol. Also it is remembering to stop, to enjoy the here and now, rather than just forging ahead walking as fast as one can. I see joggers and people striding through and I wonder if they ever ‘actually see’ the park, a shame to miss it xx A great challenge Cardinal, I shall enjoy this monthly exhibit xxx


    • January 15, 2015 at 7:17 PM

      Forgot to say that you’re right when you said “I am taking it that one should take shots of the same area to show the difference through the Seasons”.
      Some bloggers said that it would be difficult for them to do that, because they were moving or had other reasons, so it’s also fine if people shoot different places. The most important thing is that people practice their photography, build their portfolio and have fun while they’re doing it.

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      • January 16, 2015 at 1:58 PM

        Exactly, i think the same area is fun, but if one can’t you can still see the changes in the Seasons which is wonderful 🙂 I prob wont be able to replicate this during March at all as at hospital for three weeks but we shall see x


        • January 16, 2015 at 2:06 PM

          Hospitals suck, but you can probably get some interesting shots there too! I know I did when my son was born.

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          • January 16, 2015 at 2:10 PM

            omg nooo lol…actually its a small group of people, 8 who all suffer from chronic pain, all together, i am not sure they would appreciate it, then a car park lol, actually there is a graveyard not far way, how convenient is that right next door? yikes


            • January 16, 2015 at 2:26 PM

              We had a graveyard outside the window of the hospital where my wife gave birth. Gives you perspective on things when you’re standing there with the newborn in your arms, looking out the window…
              “Here you are and that’s where you’ll end up. Welcome to this ride my son. I hope you’ll enjoy your stay.”

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              • January 16, 2015 at 2:27 PM

                oh my, yes your right but no one usually wishes to be faced with such reality in such a stark way! gosh x

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        • January 16, 2015 at 2:33 PM

          I hope that everything will be ok, Justine. Health should be our first priority. Best, Paula


          • January 16, 2015 at 2:59 PM

            thank you Paula, your encouragement is wonderful and your right x


      • January 16, 2015 at 2:04 PM

        silly me i forgot to link back to your post i think x


  9. January 15, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    What beautiful photos, and lucky to have a park nearby with those wonderful views.Greetings .

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    • January 16, 2015 at 2:02 PM

      yes, thank you and i always feel lucky i never take it for granted x


  10. January 15, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    Beautiful Justine, these photos are beautiful. What a lovely park and thank you for writing about it as well. The light in these photos is beautiful. And of course I love the cute furry bums! How could you resist getting that pic! And Gidget wants to know what Teddy is looking at. She thinks it’s probably a bum. X

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    • January 16, 2015 at 2:03 PM

      haha they are cute furry bums arent they lol, they look so perfect the colours haha now i sound a bit weird. Well Teddy was actually looking firstly where the boys were as this is his first check point then he gets distracted by the birds onthe lake i am trying to teach him not to go and distrub them he hasnt quite got it yet, would gidget teach him?

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  11. January 15, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    Beautiful photos Justine! I like your take on the challenge – same area, showing changes through the year. You certainly have great beauty in your area – lucky you. 🙂

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    • January 16, 2015 at 2:04 PM

      awe thank you and yes I always feel grateful for the rural beauty and then we have urban too so very very lucky xx


  12. Plumbum
    January 16, 2015 at 2:48 PM

    Just popped by to thank you for your visit. I enjoyed my walk around the park and it brought back a few childhood memories – I’ve had many a picnic in Richmond Park.


    • January 16, 2015 at 3:00 PM

      oh really how lovely, awe you must miss it so 🙂 I shall bring back some memories in another month then as choosing here to photograph throughout the seasons xx


  13. January 16, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Wonderful images! I love deer bums too LOL. I, for one, totally understand your love for Richmond Park … here we have Rockwood Park.

    From some comment, I take it you’re in England?!

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    • January 16, 2015 at 8:02 PM

      Yes still in London but slightly less urban 🙂 Those deer bums are so totally cute arent they haha

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  14. January 16, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    Awesome photos!


    • January 18, 2015 at 6:12 PM

      Thank you 😀 and how has your weekend been so far? x


      • January 18, 2015 at 6:26 PM

        Restful and relaxing. How about yours? No school tomorrow so our weekend is 3 days long. Gotta love that 🙂

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        • January 18, 2015 at 6:35 PM

          oh wow, i like days off from school lol. I had al unch for 9 people yesterday which was lovely catching up with old friends and i cooked a big curry, a new experiment, felt like a workout after i had cooked it hehe but tasted good, phew xx

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          • January 18, 2015 at 10:09 PM

            Thats great. It feels so good to surround yourself with friends. And good for you trying a new recipe

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            • January 19, 2015 at 2:45 PM

              hah yes i was a bit nervous but it worked out well, and from trusted blogger who has amazing recipes, was nice to catch up with old friends too xx

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  15. January 18, 2015 at 3:06 AM

    What an interesting challenge! I’ve often thought of doing the same scene in 4 different seasons but monthly?!?! I’m much too forgetful for that!! Lovely captures

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    • January 18, 2015 at 6:16 PM

      ah well we shall see whether i stick to this hehe, you are right, summer hols might be a challenge and march when i got to hospital for three weeks but i am pretty determined at the mo to complete it hehe x


  16. January 20, 2015 at 5:02 AM

    Beautiful!!! And the seasons challenge sounds quite interesting.

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    • January 20, 2015 at 12:59 PM

      yes maybe you should do it?


      • January 20, 2015 at 1:24 PM

        I will consider it. I am always assessing the balance I want between photography and articles on my blog. There are times when I have felt it has been out of balance (for me). I recently joined a worm experiment. That is the next post I plan to write!

        I am looking forward to posting tomorrow’s Wordless Wednesday photo too!

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        • January 20, 2015 at 2:24 PM

          yes thats true, sometimes i get photography overload, but i love photography so I guess I just do it ad hoc when it happens, but i am conscious of perhaps writing more x


          • January 20, 2015 at 2:29 PM

            That is the nice thing about blogging. We can all decide what is right for OUR blog! And that decision may change month to month or in any given moment for that matter.

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