40 – Seasons *

Special thanks to Amy for providing the photos. Amy is in the USA and I encourage readers to visit her photography blog Heaven on Earth. Amy is currently dealing with family matters, so she has blocked comments. But still visit to see her photos and feel free to comment on her images here. Besides, she may make a surprise appearance here. Amy’s work is copyrighted by Amy Rose Photography.

Click the video above for 2 minutes of background waves while reading.

I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

Several thoughts come to mind as I start wondering about the seasons of the year. For all of the world, each season is different by location. That is, spring is spring – but not all springs are the same. On the larger scale and to some people, the changes are more subtle – to others, including me, each season is quite different.

Each season is nature’s transition time in the flow of life. Like each wave that I see, one season arrives, then another follows. The waves can also represent the gradual changes within each season. After all, the beginning of the season is different from its end.

The yearly seasons also flow like a steady river. It is a slow, constant process with seemingly periods of more sudden changes and periods of slower maintenance. Each season is nature’s time of continual transition.

Seasons are a natural period of existence – a time that begins to end and return to wash, rinse, and repeat. Seasons are cyclical rhythms of life corresponding to ebb and flow, back and forth, plus come and go. Seasons are the wheel of life about a time that is, that will pass, and will return – yet each season possesses its vital spirit.

Seasons, marked by equinoxes, are about changing weather, ecology, and daylight associated with Earth’s tilt relative to the sun. The position delivers opposite seasons in the northern and southern hemispheres – a time when the sun’s arc is progressing higher or lower, so its angle is either high or low.

To those of us in temperate regions, we know the seasons as spring, summer, autumn, and winter – but those in the topics may best associate with dry and wet. Seasons are about terms as prevernal, vernal, estival, serotinal, autumnal, and hibernal. To some people, seasons are about events, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, monsoons, wildfires, floods, or droughts. To those closer to the poles, seasons provide extremes as the midnight sun and polar nights, as well as the glories of glowing polar auroras.

To those of us experiencing four seasons, each presents different moods. Winter is the quiet time for slumber, dormancy, reflection, and renewal. A time leading to the agitation period of spring – the time of rebirth, rejuvenation, and growth. Summer is the season of joy and fun – a period that is full of life – yet we tire to slow down into autumn’s annual wane. Then back to winter to reflect on what was and to prepare for what is to come.

Each of us not only have a favorite season, we can provide our positive and negatives for each – but that is a matter of personal perspective based on their life experiences and preferences. Not only does clothing fashion change with seasons, nature displays its unique version of beauty in each season through differences in vegetation, weather, and sun.

Seasons are a time when biological life responds with blooms, active wombs, births, growth, migrations, color changes, falling leaves, dormancy, cocoons, eggs, and death.

I think about times when life in agrarian societies centered around the seasons of planting and harvest. Even though overall human society has changed and continues to change, the importance of agrarian life remains – and cultures and societies continue to celebrate the end of the harvest season.

Thinking about the seasons is a reminder about The Four Seasons, Vivaldi’s musical composition representing seasonal sounds and moods through music. Surely we can’t forget the musical contributions of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

Seasons are a time we associate with terms as innocence, reverence, perseverance, harmony, comfort, silence, patience, awakening, melancholy, and romance.

By thinking about seasons, I link them to the cycle of life for all living things. After all, the seasons correspond to birth, growth, maturity, decline, and death.

My final thought about seasons has to do with this place – the beach. People commonly associate beaches with the warm weather of spring and summer, plus many fun-in-the-sun activities. Yet as I walk, it is winter – but to me, this place feels like my typical autumn moving directly toward spring – seeming to bypassing winter. I guess that’s why I’m here. Besides, I like walking on the beach because it is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

See what other bloggers have written about beaches

Next Post: Cold – Saturday 13 February @ 1 AM (Eastern US)

Follow Beach Walk Reflections

  • Facebook (BeachWalk Reflections)
  • Instagram (BeachWalk Reflections)
  • Twitter (@ReflectionsWalk)
  • WordPress (Follow or Subscribe)

129 thoughts on “40 – Seasons *”

    1. Thank you, Cheryl, so much for complimenting my photography. This is my passion and a LOVE that brings such joy to my heart. Frank sharing my joy is just bringing more joy to others. Glorious!! xo

      Like

  1. If you ever visited Australia, I’m sure you would believe that the whole country bypasses winter. 😉
    It is true what you say about the uniqueness of each season to individual areas, for example, in the sub-tropics, we rarely see the magnificent sight of deciduous trees shedding leaves. Thinking about seasons in terms of the beach, I also realise that in Australia at least, the beach remains consistent. There are no tell-tale signs of what season it is, other than the feeling of the temperature. I have recently seen photos, however, of snow in the northern hemisphere beside the waters edge – amazing! 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

  2. Beautiful reflections about seasons. As a culture it seemed to me like a lot of the world around had lost touch with living with the seasons because of the busyness of their ambitions. And then I discovered personally how much more I need to shift for living in alignment with nature and the seasons. I absolutely love and adore Amy’s photography blog!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. PD,
      There is no question that people are more busy in today’s world. On the other hand, your winters are not as drastic as the upper Midwest or New England. So many people know how to live in their extremes, so life not only shifts – but they embrace it. Then again, there are some who once they retire, they move south. On behalf of Amy, she thanks you. She’s currently on a blog break because of family matters, but she hopes to return soon. Meanwhile, you can always look around. 🙂 Thanks for sharing here today!

      Liked by 1 person

    2. Thank you, Dearest Friend. I’m not blogging due to family issues, but am making an effort to come here to say thank you to all those who admire my passion. Be blessed and know I send you love, Prag! xo

      Liked by 2 people

        1. Frank, your talent stuns me. Honestly. When I read this post I was blown away to the point I had tears in my eyes. Outstanding and brilliant is my conclusion! Amazing you are how you paired words up such as you did with my images. I’m pretty good at that too so I know the feeling when it all clicks. Lately however, I can only think about how to heal and do and love those I love the most. Bless you for sharing your heart and mine in this truly Divine post!! Much love to you! xo

          Like

          1. Amy,
            Many thanks for the praise and adulations. Very much appreciated! It’s comments like yours that keep me going Your pictures are wonderful, so I knew you were a natural for this post and the ones for the individual seasons. I know there are other very capable photographers out there, but I’m familiar enough with your captures that I instinctively know they will work. So I salute you – and thank you! Meanwhile, be strong and keep the faith. You’ll know when it’s the right time to return.

            Liked by 1 person

  3. I enjoy all four seasons…..it’s part of the reason why after living in Florida for five years I really wanted to move back to Virginia. I missed the visuals of seasonal changes and the “feel” in the air of those changes. As someone who thinks of herself to be in the “Fall” of her life, I will always have “Spring” in my thoughts and in my step! Great post as always Frank.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Pam,
      I just replied to PD (a few above) how some move south after retirement for more consistency in climate … yet you share your move in the opposite direction – that is, from Florida to northward. No question, our region gives us “the visuals of seasonal changes and the feel in the air of those changes.” Brilliantly stated. Thanks for sharing.

      Like

  4. I like having four season and seeing how the landscape around me changes. And even though I don’t love the winter cold, I do like having a time to have warm drinks and snuggle under blankets–and then spring seems all the more lovely!
    Beautiful photos!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Merril,
      Your appreciation for distinct four seasons is evident in the way your embrace the outdoors, capture its beauty, and use it as motivation for thinking and writing. You may not like winter, but you know how to embrace it. Cheers! …. and glad you enjoyed Amy’s photos, and she thanks you.

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Pam,
      Thank you for the kind words and thoughtful comments. The “the season” of our lives is an interesting thought on its own. You mention moving through them in time – yet I think of life as getting only getting one time around the seasons. I see my life as in autumn, but I don’t know if it is early autumn or late autumn.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Amy’s photos of the four seasons are beautiful! I love having four seasons and the constant ebb and flow of them, the wheel of the year. Which is your favorite season, Frank? Mine keeps changing but lately it is autumn, even though I prefer the blue and green colors of summer…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Barbara,
      Another four seasons person! “Ebb and flow” of the seasons – the wheel of the year – is a great way of describing them. My favorite season, there is something about autumn that is extra special. Not only the colors, but the pleasantness of temperatures, But YUK when it turns ugly. Glad you enjoyed Amy’s photos. Like all photographers, she takes many photos. Her task for me was to pick one photo of each season that captures her essence of what that season is. Not an easy task, but she did very well. So on behalf of her, thank you! … and thanks for sharing your thoughts!

      Liked by 2 people

  6. I’ve always lived in places with all four seasons, and spring is probably my favorite – I love flowers and it’s wonderful to see them as they reappear in the warmer weather!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. The world continues to produce predictable milestones – seasons. No matter timing or manifestation, they are fundamental to this Earth…I LOVE this post, Frank. And the selections from Amy’s (he)artistic photo portfolio are perfect. I do enjoy me a good montage type vid and Planet Earth is a great series to pluck it from.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Laura,
      Thank you for the kind words and appreciation of Amy’s photos. Through me, she thanks you. Because of her love for nature, I knew she would be perfect for this post. I’m hoping she and I team up in the future for walks about each individual season. Seasons as predictable milestones is a good way to look at seasons. I chuckle because they also have an unpredictable side. Cheers to your love for Earth1

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Laurie,
      One thing that I’ve learned about you during our time interacting is that I know you have a big heart for your beloved Maine. So much so, I’ve remembered that when answering comments to this post. … so thank you – and on behalf of Amy, she appreciates that you enjoyed her photos.

      Liked by 1 person

    1. BIG SMILES, Mary Jo. I thank you for following my blog. I’ve been so immersed in family health issues, I have not been able to recently blog, nor go to the blogs of those who like my posts as I normally do. You took me by surprise …. I have a follower I didn’t know about. Have a great day today!! xo

      Liked by 2 people

  8. As a child, I used to think that summer was the best season by far. It’s only as I’ve got older that I’ve appreciated each season for its own particular qualities. And much as I don’t like the short days of winter, I’m glad we have varied day lengths. When I went to southern India, I couldn’t ge my head round every day of the year being twelve hours long – 6 to 6. Always. That would take some getting used to.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Margaret,
      It’s hard to imagine that most children don’t see summer as a favorite time of year. .. and I agree with appreciation for the other seasons growing with age. Interesting about your experience in India. Reminded me of a conversation in Alaska about sunlight during winter being 9 am – 3 pm. Hard to imagine!

      Like

  9. Your post underscore why I live in an area with distinct seasons. While there is some allure to living in a place that’s temperate and even keeled, the changes in the seasons are exciting and welcome (though I could do with a little less cold this week 😉 unless it’s accompanied with some moisture).

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Monika,
      Interesting how some of us are built for the true four seasons and others not … plus, that changes over time. I think about a friend of mine who after a lifetime in Ohio, he and his wife moved to the unknowns of central Florida because he no longer wanted the cold and snow of winter. Yet, others know how to embrace the cold and snow.

      Like

  10. I often grumble about certain aspects of each season…but would miss the changes! It would be too boring to me not to have 4 seasons. My faves are mid spring, before it gets too hot…and early fall.
    My parents came from the Netherlands, and after WW11, they moved to Curacao, in the West Indies. Mom said she truly missed the seasonal changes and said it was *always* hot there…they came to Canada in 1952 or 3. Just in time for Hurricane Hazel, Yikes! That was in Oct 1954, no wonder I am so temperamental…I was born abot 6 weeks later:)

    Liked by 2 people

      1. I live in Michigan now; the seasons here are about the same as when I lived in Southern Ontario. But Michigan is SO large, we have different climate zones within the state. The UP was -33 this morning, whikle we were warmish at 0F…LOL!

        And F.J. Hayden composed a lovely oratorio about The Seasons. (Die Jahreszeiten) ( My mom sang that when she still lived in Holland…)

        Liked by 1 person

  11. Amy’s photos are stunning, as usual. What a talent she has! And Frank, I do appreciate this post about seasons. Here in Central Illinois, we have four seasons (though sometimes it seems as if Summer and Winter last far longer than they should!) Not sure I could enjoy living in a place without distinct seasons; there’s something extra-special about regular change. Just when you get tired of one season, boom! Something different comes along.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Debbie,
      Being in Ohio, we have similar seasons. As I’ve gotten older, I don’t enjoy winter – and the hot, muggy dog days of summer are horrible. Cheer for heating and air conditioning. I think in 2019, a long-time Ohioan and friend said he had enough of winter, so they packed up and move to Florida for full-time residence. I know I would like it in the winter, but I doubt if I would enjoy Florida summers. But I have to agree with you that summer seems to be getting longer!

      Glad you enjoyed Amy’s photos. A big thank you on behalf of her. I get the impression you are familiar with her blog. Are you?

      Liked by 1 person

    2. Hi, Debbie!! God bless you for the truly heart touching words about my photography. I’m not sure when I will be able to get back to my cameras and my blog and it’s nice to think perhaps I’m missed a bit. However, for now especially family comes first. I send you so much love today! xo

      Liked by 2 people

  12. Beautiful post Frank (and Amy!). Loved the comparison of the seasons to waves on the beach, each one following the other, ever dependable. I’m with you on being able to walk the beach in all seasons, it is definitely food for the soul. Amy’s images are beautiful and compliment your post perfectly.

    Liked by 2 people

  13. The photos are fabulous, Frank- especially the autumnal one. 🙂 🙂 I guess if there’s any season I miss it’s that one. It can be such a wonderful riot of colour and I always wanted to see New England in the Fall. But in the UK it was often damp and dreary with a brief flare of colour. Here it’s a subtle wash of colour, while Spring is truly flamboyant. The season I find hardest to live with here is Summer, because it’s HOT! Silly, isn’t it, when you move away from home to escape the cold? 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Jo,
      Thanks for the kind words about this post. On behalf of Amy, we thank you! Love how you shared your view of seasons. Makes me wonder where the best place to live would be. Then again, its exposure to four seasons is probably limited. Here in the US, many taut San Diego as the best year around weather. Personally, I don’t like too hot or too cold – so maybe I need to have 4 different homes.

      Like

    2. Thank you, Jo. That Autumn photograph was taken on a day in a park where I thought literally I was walking in Heaven. It was glorious! I was surrounded by color in every direction!! SO happy you enjoyed my photos courtesy of Frank. What a wonderful job he did pairing up words with my pictures. Now that is talent!! Bless you! xo

      Liked by 1 person

  14. I’m a follower of Amy’s blog and love her posts and photos. They are so beautiful here in your blog, Frank. What fun to co-post together. I “get” the importance of seasons, but when I lived in the SF Bay area I appreciated that they weren’t as drastic as they are here in the East Coast., where winter can pull me into the doldrums. I’d be happy with sun and the beach every day of the year. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Pam,
      Hooray ,,, cheers to our commonality as Amy followers. Personally, I love her autumn photos the most. Thanks for sharing a bit of your story with seasons in different locations. Our country sure offers a wide variety. I think I would like SF weather.

      Like

    1. Crispina,
      Thank you. Isn’t interesting that not only are the seasons different, but also the differences from year to year – such as, even in a given place, all winters aren’t the same. However, a reminder – Today, you are one day closer to spring than you were yesterday.

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Lisa, bless you for saying my photography is gorgeous. This is where my heart lives and beats. This is where I find love and magic with Mother’s permission to enter Her Golden Gates. I’m honored not only that Frank asked me to do this for him, but honored that you selected Frank for a blogger award. Heads up ….. due to my huge following and my intense life, I don’t do awards anymore just in case you were thinking about it. SMILE!! xo

      Liked by 2 people

  15. Frank your posts are simply amazing! We have lived just about everywhere, being in the military for 24 years. I thought I would love the deep South and basically the one season, but I missed the four seasons! I do not miss snow however. My favorite season is Spring. Where we live now in NC, we get all four seasons, but Spring and Summer last the longest, spilling into the other seasons. We also live almost exactly between the ocean and the mountains so a win-win all around!

    Liked by 1 person

  16. We often bypass winter down here too. But this weekend winter will visit us for a few days. May spring be right around the corner. Sometimes the best time to walk on the beach is winter when it is not crowded. Maybe that is way you like to walk on the beach and it is good for your soul.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Fab reflections, Frank. My fave season is autumn. Just thought I’d throw in that personal note.
    Amy’s photos a gorgeous. I will visit her. I believe ave before.
    Trying to catch up a bit with blogging, as I mend a little more in the 2 steps forward 1 step back motion of life.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.