Weekly Photo Challenge: OFF-SEASON Moments
“The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.” Paramahansa Yogananda
Everything has seasons, and we have to be able to recognize when something’s time has passed and be able to move into the next season. Everything that is alive requires pruning as well, which is a great metaphor for endings. Henry Cloud
What came to mind when I read today’s challenge was the world of plants and that off-season time when everything lies fallow. During that period, everything lies dormant waiting for the new season to bring forth new life. In the off-season, we do the work to sow the seeds for what we hope to come. Likewise, when we fail at a task, be it watching a seed we planted that didn’t germinate, we work to fix the problem so next time new seed will grow. The off-season is perhaps even more important than the on-season, n’est pas? As Gordon B. Hinckley said, “Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds.” I’ve added a contrasting set of pictures so you can see what the yard/garden and nearby farm looks like in-season.
“A vacation spot out of season always has a very special magic.” Max von Sydow
There are seasons in life. Don’t ever let anyone try to deny you the joy of one season because they believe you should stay in another season… Listen to yourself. Trust your instincts. Keep your perspective. Jane Clayson
There is something to be said for the beauty and quiet we see at vacation or typically busy places at certain times of the year or day. The shots above are a mix of vacated locations that include a NYC street, my yard, a very popular mall in my area, and a nearby farm. During the winter season things do quiet down and we get to see the vast beauty around us with fewer people in the frame. I like it…
“When I was ten, I wrote an essay on what I would be when I grew up and said I would be a professional soccer player and a comedian in off-season.” Will Ferrell
I believe in process. I believe in four seasons. I believe that winter’s tough, but spring’s coming. I believe that there’s a growing season. And I think that you realize that in life, you grow. You get better. Steve Southerland
Something about that shot of the wood pecker digging for worms as the vestiges of a winter snowstorm lingers on in the frame… It was a late snowfall as early spring peeked it’s head in the yard. Some green was slowly showing and a sudden snowstorm put their efforts back to bed. The bird didn’t care and went about its business pecking away. There is a touch of sunshine which adds a glow to the shot… The rest of the shots are self explanatory but, they are in the vein of off-season things we see in a yard/garden/farm or city. What do you think?
My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. Check out how others interpreted the theme below.
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Off-Season This week, we challenge you to show us what off-season means to you. It could be the shuttered ice-cream stand in the Southern Hemisphere where winter is drawing near. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere it might your snowmobile peeking out from beneath its tarp, or your Christmas decorations arranged neatly in the attic. Feel free to interpret this theme loosely — consider objects at rest and unmoved, places that are stagnant or abandoned.
Positive Motivation Tip: Whether you are In-season or Off-season, enjoy each moment.
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my Personal Collection.