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December 17, 2011

S.P.D. – Seasonal Photographic Disorder!

Almost a year ago, Mr. Scott Thomas challenged those of us inclined to do so, to participate in a year long photo assignment.  The challenge was to photograph the same location throughout all four seasons of the year.  I had read about something like this in a book Scott had recommended to me, Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson, and thought it was a great idea.  When he announced the assignment last December, I thought to myself – I already have a jump start on this from some photos I took in the fall, in an easily accessible location, that I was pretty happy with.  At the time of the announcement, I also made the decision that I’d feature two locations throughout the year by including the view from my favorite lounging spot, my oft mentioned backyard deck.

Now you might be wondering why I’ve titled this post the way that I did.  One reason was that the assignment reminded me how unorganized I am about my photo archives.  I use Photoshop Elements to load my photos on to the computer which organizes them by date.  That’s the only organization I have – no tags.  So, just like for Scott’s favorite photos of the year assignment, I had to scroll through a year of photos to try to find the shots I took for this assignment.  Another reason you shall discover closer to the end of this post.

I’d like to begin with my winter photos.  Locals might recognize my first location as humble little Spec Pond:

Winter took us by surprise this year and piled on more snow than we’ve seen in these parts for many years.  Teddy enjoyed it at least:

Spring came around and thawed us out:


The deck furniture was unwrapped, but only my Mother’s Day hanging plant was in bloom and the pool was still closed:

Ah, summer!  My favorite season.  At the pond, extra life guard stands appear and the diving floats are in the water:

Back at home, everything is lush and green, flowers adorn the deck and the pool is open:

This is one of the photos I jump-started Scott’s assignment with, fall at Spec Pond:

This is also where you’ll find out the other reason for the title of my post!  I never took a fall photo from my deck specifically for this assignment!  Yep, I’m admitting it, I messed up a bit.  In my head, fall was taken care of; however, at the time I decided to add the deck to my year of photos, it was already winter.  This past fall came along and I never took a deck photo thinking it was already done.  Scrolling through my archives, I chose two alternative almost-fall-from-my-deck photos.  There was this one that I did for my Picture Fall class last October:

Not really the view I’ve given you the rest of the year. OR we have this monstrosity:

The view from my deck on October 30, 2011 after the Freaky Freakin’ Snowstorm – technically this is a fall photo of the view from my deck!

What a year it has been.  I think I will be ready to bid 2011 adieu!


  1. Great photo series, Karen. I found it amusing that your dog was conveniently in place in two of the photos. 🙂

    Comment by Bob Zeller — December 17, 2011 @ 10:30 am | Reply

    • Thanks, Bob. That is one of Teddy’s favorite spots, any season of the year, and he does have a tendency to follow me around when I have the camera out!

      Comment by Karma — December 18, 2011 @ 9:45 am | Reply

  2. I like the way you presented your assignment, Karen. Two different places that you are close to and with totally different moods. One in a wider space and the other more intimate. Well done ! Félicitations. This pond and its surroundings look so lovely.

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — December 17, 2011 @ 2:13 pm | Reply

  3. What beautiful pictures..That snow storm pictures makes me cold just looking at it. I love the lush summer photo of the view from the deck.

    Comment by Trish Dinsmore — December 17, 2011 @ 3:03 pm | Reply

    • Thank you. Makes me long for summer time!

      Comment by Karma — December 18, 2011 @ 9:46 am | Reply

  4. Thank you so much for this–after looking at your series, and Isa’s–I am so wishing I had participated. I can’t believe how much the same scene changes with the seasons. I mean, how much, REALLY, it changes. Great job! (Even missing that fall photo.)

    Comment by Kathy — December 17, 2011 @ 4:36 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Kathy. Nothing is stopping you for trying this idea for next year! 🙂

      Comment by Karma — December 18, 2011 @ 9:47 am | Reply

  5. I thought I was going to do this assignment but didn’t pick a spot soon enough. SO I’m hoping to do something similar for myself in 2012. Maybe 2012 will have less snow! We can hope!

    Comment by Dawn — December 17, 2011 @ 7:37 pm | Reply

    • Less snow would be great! I don’t want to lose any more major time off from school due to snow – cuts into my summer break too much!

      Comment by Karma — December 18, 2011 @ 9:48 am | Reply

  6. Love the pond photos! (And the freaky snowstorm one… if that was my deck, this photo would have made the Christmas card for sure! 😉 )
    I didn’t do this assignment, I couldn’t think of a location that was interesting enough.

    Comment by TheDailyClick — December 18, 2011 @ 6:50 am | Reply

    • Thank you Michaela – but you sure wouldn’t have loved that snowstorm! Losing power for days on end just sucks!

      Comment by Karma — December 18, 2011 @ 9:48 am | Reply

  7. The summer photo takes me right back to summer! Summer light is my favorite, followed by fall. This picture made me even smell summer and hear the buzz of lawnmowers. Alas, it is cold here today, so back to reality.

    Comment by Andrea L — December 18, 2011 @ 12:56 pm | Reply

    • Sigh It is difficult to think of summer being so far away, isn’t it? I’d be happy to be mowing the lawn right now if it meant it was summertime!

      Comment by Karma — December 19, 2011 @ 3:45 pm | Reply

  8. I like the idea of photos taken of the same location each of the seasons. I may have to give this one a try in 2012! Love the Spec. pond in summer but yuck to all the snow photos! lol

    Comment by Becky Sue — December 18, 2011 @ 6:47 pm | Reply

    • Yuck to the snow is right! I hope you do decide to do this for 2012, Becky. I’d love to see your ideas.

      Comment by Karma — December 19, 2011 @ 3:46 pm | Reply

  9. Fantastic series, Karma. 🙂 And I love that snow.

    My photos are organized by date, too. I can’t find anything since moving stuff to the new computer (which is why I didn’t participate with a post even though I took photos on the equinoxes and solstices specifically for this assignment… *kicking myself for my disorganization*). Technically, I suppose I did it with my slideshow associated with my year outside.

    Comment by Robin — December 23, 2011 @ 5:15 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Robin. You wouldn’t have loved the power outage that went with that snow! Yikes, what a mess that was. It is costing us our February break from school too! 😦
      I don’t think I’ll ever be organized photo-wise!
      I don’t think I saw your slideshow – if you come back and read this comment, leave me a link please? Or just let me know the date of the post so I can check it out.

      Comment by Karma — December 24, 2011 @ 9:11 am | Reply

  10. […] of Karma’s When I Feel Like It Blog choose a couple of locations.  The title of the post, S.P.D. – Seasonal Photographic Disorder!, does give one a foreboding.  She had a bit of a lapse during the year.  No matter, she pulled it […]

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  11. You have convinced me. I MUST choose a location for the next four-season challenge. I love that you have the two locations. The snowy fall shot is beautiful, but being without power for several days is a heck of a price to pay for such beauty ! Great job on the challenge.

    Sybil in Nova Scotia

    Comment by Sybil — December 29, 2011 @ 7:29 am | Reply

    • Thank you Sybil! It appears Scott’s assignment has inspired many to try it for themselves for next year. I hope that you do! 🙂

      Comment by Karma — December 29, 2011 @ 8:16 am | Reply

  12. I figure if Mama Nature gives us doubles on winter and halves on autumn we get to post the truth of it. (I’m pretty sure she owes you at least four weeks of warm autumn sunshine in 2012.) I must say the portrait of the monstrosity is very attractive.

    Comment by Gerry — December 29, 2011 @ 11:46 am | Reply

    • I like your math, Gerry – I’ll take 4 extra weeks of autumn sunshine anytime!

      Comment by Karma — December 29, 2011 @ 1:22 pm | Reply

  13. I like your series of four-seasons-photos here – the combination of deck+pond photos is a very fine idea! My favorites are absolutely the pond series showing Mother Nature in her different beautiful dresses.

    Comment by truels — December 29, 2011 @ 2:40 pm | Reply

    • Thanks very much Truels. I’m thinking of doing another location for 2012 since I enjoyed doing this assignment so much!

      Comment by Karma — December 30, 2011 @ 8:57 am | Reply

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