I’ve always loved the seasons. From the gorgeous tapestry of colors in the fall to the first pure snowfall of winter. Just as the last bit of snow becomes trampled, slowly but surely the magical rebirth of spring begins. Virgin greenery bursts out of the once barren branches of the hearty trees. Flowers begin to bloom and color our world. What was once colorless becomes a world so brilliant and bright that the renewal of life makes my spirits soar. Tulips, lilacs and flowering crab apple trees make me sneeze. As the sky turns blue and the sun beams majestically, more and more things come to life until we reach the peak in September and the process begins once again.

The seasons remind me of the circle of life. Of the constant renewal, reinventing and rebirth of one’s soul. For life is a journey and if you are following the right path, a journey that constantly changes, day by day, season by season and year by year.

The middle of November when everything around is dying and turning brown and barren is not a time of year that symbolizes renewal. However, today as I walked around my lovely lake, the lake I walk or run around almost every day, I realized that I was wrong. November can represent renewal if you only think out of the box and see what is to become.

I’ve decided instead of feeling sad and blue about the barrenness of the land, I’d close my eyes and envision the renewal that will occur over the next six months when spring will come once again.

When the leaves are brilliant, full and green….

And the migrating birds have returned once again…

Flowers will fill the air with magic….

And the running trail will be full…

The beach will be buzzing with activity…

And life will begin again…

The climbing tree alongside the beach will be waiting…..soon it will full of the children enjoying another beautiful summer day.

This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal. To read more entries, click here.


  1. Anita @ Anita's Feast

    Beautiful, Nicole! Both the photos and your reflections on the season are perfect for the theme, really enjoyed this one!

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  3. Oh and I just saw that you’re actually doing something very similar to where I am feeling drawn to. I want to work for a non-profit fighting poverty through micro-credits. Maybe you’d like my blog as well? Anyway, I’ll follow your blog – I like the way you see the world a lot!

      • Thank you. Cool that you like it. Love your blog too!
        I am from Switzerland and am still in Switzerland. But I want to go to San Francisco and work for Kiva. That would be unpaid, but I somehow I would certainly manage to do that for at least 6 months 😀

    • Ah, thanks Jo! It was really warm yesterday and I got one last shot at wearing a long sleeve t-shirt without a jacket. Today it turned cold and lightly snowed. Oh the seasons!

  4. What a wonderful post for the theme, Nicole. Your photos are superb, and I love the ever present promise of spring and summer, even before winter has really started. 🙂 Have a great weekend.

    • Thank you! I thought up the idea when I went on a walk on Friday. Sometimes it is so nice to reflect. That is what I love about blogging. It makes me think even harder! 🙂

    • Thank you! I use a variety of cameras but believe it or not this one was taken with my iPhone! I then took the photos and imported them into Lightroom and adjusted a few things. I love how close to detail you can get with an iPhone and it is handy as it is usually always with me! 🙂

      • Lightroom is similar to PhotoShop. A friend told me about it and I love it. Very easy to use and so much fun too! I just bought a new camera that I used on all the Vanoise posts (France). It is a Lumix FZ150 and I absolutely LOVE it. I can really see a difference in my photos and I’m only am amateur using many of the basic settings. It is a great camera!

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    • SO glad you liked them! I run almost every day and noticed them a few weeks ago but never had a camera with me. Friday was a nice day so I walked and actually took all these photos with my iPhone as I saw the light was good and was hitting the pods really nicely. 🙂

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    • Thank you so much! I was walking around the lake, and had my iPhone handy. The sun was capturing everything so beautifully that I couldn’t resist and knew they would be the perfect post! 🙂

  10. GREAT job! It was nice seeing glimpses of an autumn landscape; I could almost feel the crispness in the air, and for me, the dread of colder weather to come. I am glad you were able to see beauty and experience the anticipation of renewal! Z

    • Ahhh…thanks! It has heated back up to 50 but not for long. Yes winter gets long here but I’ve come to embrace it and just dress in many layers on the cold days! 🙂 I’ve got a whole collection of warm boots and lovely scarves from my travels! 🙂 P.S. I just booked my volunteer trip down south for second week of January. I’m going to Honduras and will be working in La Ceiba with a couple of extra days in the Bay Islands!!! 🙂

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