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Weekly Photo Challenge: OFF-SEASON Moments

12/06/2015

“The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.” Paramahansa Yogananda

Weekly Photo Challenge: OFF-SEASON - Dormant Garden and Plants

Weekly Photo Challenge: OFF-SEASON – Dormant Garden and Plant life in Winter and early Spring

Weekly Photo Challenge: OFF-SEASON -  In Season Garden and Farm in contrast.

Weekly Photo Challenge: OFF-SEASON – In Season Garden and Farm in contrast.

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

Weekly Photo Challenge: OFF-SEASON -  Sleepy town and wintry moments

Weekly Photo Challenge: OFF-SEASON – Sleepy town, empty mall, and wintry moments

Weekly Photo Challenge: OFF-SEASON -  Off-Season empty spaces.

Weekly Photo Challenge: OFF-SEASON – Off-Season empty spaces.

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…

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“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

Weekly Photo Challenge: OFF-SEASON -  Quiet Farm and wintry moments

Weekly Photo Challenge: OFF-SEASON – Quiet Farm and wintry moments

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.

More Weekly Photo Challenge Posts

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my Personal Collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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70 Comments leave one →
  1. 12/06/2015 1:29 pm

    Every season 🙂 beautiful shots 🙂

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  2. Carol Cassara permalink
    12/06/2015 4:00 pm

    These are beautiful. So evocative of the season!

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  3. Lisa Nolan permalink
    12/06/2015 4:50 pm

    Love this theme, off season! The photos were very inspiring! Thank you!

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  4. martinkadelux permalink
    12/06/2015 5:14 pm

    I love these photos! They are so detailed… and reminding me of the winter, when I wasn’t sweating to death!

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  5. Boho Chic permalink
    12/06/2015 5:34 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this post and your photo challenge. I’ve enjoyed all of the photos. When everything is lying dormant in between seasons, I always feel empty for some reason.

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  6. Lynsey Jones (@MoscatoMom) permalink
    12/06/2015 5:38 pm

    These are all beautiful images. I love the one with the hands and the cup. It may be so simple, but yet so profound all at the same time.

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  7. 12/06/2015 6:07 pm

    Your article is motivational enjoy reading such uplifting words and image that is creatively put together.

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  8. amanda permalink
    12/06/2015 6:19 pm

    It’s funny that you write about season moments. This summer (well, it actually starts on 6/21, but now that school is out I am calling it summer), we have had so many chilly fall and spring like days. That’s crazy Chicago weather for you….and climate change. I wonder what our seasons will be like 100 years from now.

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  9. heatherctm permalink
    12/06/2015 6:20 pm

    I love these quotes and the pictures are stunning as always.

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  10. Michelle hwee permalink
    12/06/2015 7:23 pm

    Wow how beautiful! I love all of the photos here. The seasons are just so pretty! Love it 🙂

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  11. SexyMoxieMama permalink
    12/06/2015 7:48 pm

    Wow! You take some really great pictures. Thank you for sharing.

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  12. momswhosave permalink
    12/06/2015 8:07 pm

    Great photos! I enjoyed looking at these. Thanks for posting.

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  13. upliftingfam permalink
    12/06/2015 8:16 pm

    The photos are so beautiful.

    I am thankful that there are seasons or periods of time that we go through things in this lifetime.

    Even though I don’t like dealing with chronic pain, I know that God will use it for his Glory.

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  14. Joely Smith permalink
    12/06/2015 8:17 pm

    I always love your posts like this! My favorite season is Autumn when things are dormant preparing for the new to come. I love your photos, and imagery of your writing.

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  15. Carly Brydon Anderson permalink
    12/06/2015 8:43 pm

    I always love the weekly photo challenges! You picked some great photos for the Off-Seasons Moments topic!

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  16. Heather permalink
    12/06/2015 9:18 pm

    I agree, there is a season for everything and I am glad that I don’t have to stay held up in season’s past. I love moving forward and looking on to new things. That’s really the only way you can grow.

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  17. 12/06/2015 9:27 pm

    A lovely selection of the seasons, I enjoyed the photos very much. It’s funny how a familiar place can look so unrecognizable when blanketed with snow.
    I miss the seasons here in Australia. I live in the sub-tropics of Queensland, so it’s either hot or cool! We still use the terms Spring Summer Autumn and Winter because in other states here they do get frost and snow, just not up here. I used to love seeing each season when I lived in the UK, and each one had it’s merits and excitement (and drawbacks).

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  18. martinkadelux permalink
    12/06/2015 10:09 pm

    I’m going to hold onto this: 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.

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  19. Scott permalink
    12/06/2015 10:11 pm

    I don’t want to see any pictures of snow right now. We just got out of winter and are really enjoying the warmer weather.

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  20. Kendra permalink
    12/06/2015 10:25 pm

    What a great challenge! Your pics are so beautiful!

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  21. Mia Foo permalink
    12/06/2015 11:53 pm

    I believe the ‘off-season’ here refers to the transition period between 2 seasons? in that case, some of this ‘off-season’ period can be as pretty (if not prettier) than in-season. for example, the transition of autumn to winter, no? 🙂

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  22. Esme Sy permalink
    13/06/2015 1:36 am

    Beautiful photos. So true, it is from our failures that we learn to stand up again, fight and try not to make the same mistakes again.

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  23. hannah gee permalink
    13/06/2015 2:24 am

    Such beautiful snaps, i love the winter and early spring. they look so enchanting, i wish we got more snow in the UK.

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  24. 13/06/2015 2:55 am

    You really do find the most appropriate quotes. I love ‘off season’ when the tourists have gone home, but the days still have some sunshine!

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  25. Fred Hawson permalink
    13/06/2015 5:39 am

    Your winter photos capture the bleakness that that cold season sometimes brings to lonely people. The emotion are fully captured, so poetic.

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  26. R U S S permalink
    13/06/2015 6:18 am

    I’ve had my share of off-season(s) and each time, I’ve struggled to get back on the groove. Although the good thing about these off-seasons is that I learn how to deal with them and I get back up easier.

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  27. R U S S permalink
    13/06/2015 6:18 am

    I’ve had my share of off-season(s) and each time, I’ve struggled to get back on the groove. Although the good thing about these off-seasons is that I learn how to deal with them and I get back up easier 🙂

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  28. Stephanie Pass permalink
    13/06/2015 8:52 am

    It’s amazing how photographs can make you feel. Looking at these winter photos actually gives me a chill, and it’s about 95 degrees outside.

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  29. sylvain landry photographe permalink
    13/06/2015 10:18 am

    Great
    come to see mine

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  30. Tiffany Yong permalink
    13/06/2015 12:33 pm

    “Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds” This is a fantastic line which inspires me the most! I’m so going to post this on facebook!

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  31. Dawn McAlexander Crawford permalink
    13/06/2015 5:31 pm

    I have to say that there is something peaceful about a winter morning. The birds aren’t singing and there are no leaves on the trees. It is really peaceful.

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  32. R U S S permalink
    13/06/2015 6:01 pm

    It’s a good time to be reflective during off-seasons. It allows to clear our heads and think clearly. This makes it easier to rise again and get back on track with a better attitude.

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  33. maggiesblog2 permalink
    13/06/2015 8:21 pm

    TheseM have been no my favorite pictures so far!

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  34. Lois Jones permalink
    13/06/2015 10:24 pm

    I love the wonderful textures and shades in your photographs. They are so neat to see side by side that way and see all the contrast in interest in them.

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  35. momglenz permalink
    13/06/2015 11:29 pm

    Awesome photos you have here.. Thanks for sharing

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  36. Khushboo permalink
    14/06/2015 1:39 am

    Such a beautiful theme. If I had the opportunity, I would click photos of hot tea and fried snacks which we generally eat and drink during winter 🙂

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  37. Lisa Rios permalink
    14/06/2015 7:44 am

    All these photos you have shared about off season moments looks so natural and gorgeous. And the Dormant garden and plants are really fabulous as well in particular. Thanks for inspiring every week!

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  38. JessicaACassidy permalink
    14/06/2015 11:08 am

    The photographs are all pretty in what season that is.

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  39. Sophia (@chitownchica) permalink
    14/06/2015 1:01 pm

    I love this time of year. Really just need to talk a photowalk where all I have to do is shoot. Actually, I think I will do that this week!

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  40. Fernando permalink
    14/06/2015 4:23 pm

    Seasons are very wonderful word for happiness and love. Well, different people defines seasons according to their motivation to grow. Fernando Lachica

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  41. Hui Zi permalink
    14/06/2015 6:12 pm

    Interesting challenge! I appreciate the off-season feel / photos as compared to in-season stuff sometimes as they can get overwhelming :/

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  42. phyliciamarie permalink
    14/06/2015 6:20 pm

    I agree, the off season is prolly more impt than the actual season itself. The preparation and labor goes into the off season, and usually you get to enjoy the fruits pf the labor just at the season, if it is successful. Same thing goes for a lot of things in life actually.

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  43. Sunshine Kelly permalink
    14/06/2015 7:41 pm

    Off-Season is not happening in my country because we have summer 365 days here. It’s always hot or rain, no so fun. But i do enjoy going holidays and taking all the photos of spring, autumn and winter, they are beautiful.

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  44. Debbie Denny permalink
    14/06/2015 8:20 pm

    Once more these are fantastic photos. I love them.

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  45. sinyees permalink
    14/06/2015 8:42 pm

    My country doesn’t have 4 seasons. Thus, I never really experience the off season moments. I have been to some countries, but normally will in winter or summer, but not when the season is going to change.

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  46. Papaleng Pagulong permalink
    14/06/2015 11:08 pm

    an inspiring post. I love how you compare failure to that of plants off-season. Indeed, success comes after failure. all we just do is to have determination to correct our mistakes and plan a good solutions to them.

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  47. Papaleng Pagulong permalink
    15/06/2015 12:21 am

    Lovely sets of photos that matches those inspiring words.

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  48. Karen permalink
    15/06/2015 1:09 am

    On our part of the world the temperature is high as of the moment I feel I am struggling in a desert…such a hard journey and I wish to overcome the hurdles.

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  49. Franc Ramon permalink
    15/06/2015 3:35 am

    Seasons come and seasons go but we need to adopt well with each season that comes. That holds true in life as we need to adopt to changes as well.

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  50. Teresa Martinez permalink
    15/06/2015 4:52 am

    Photos have a way of putting life into perspective , just like what you did for this photo collage.

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  51. Teresa Martinez permalink
    15/06/2015 4:53 am

    Photos have a way of putting life into perspective just like what you did in your photo collage.

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  52. 3sonshavei permalink
    15/06/2015 7:58 am

    That is a beautiful collection of all seasons. Great photos

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  53. Amanda Love permalink
    15/06/2015 8:02 am

    Those photos sure bring back great memories of relaxing on the porch during the cool days. Love your photos.

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  54. JessicaACassidy permalink
    15/06/2015 8:29 am

    Winter is always beautiful for me to take pictures despite being cold.

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  55. Rebecca Swenor permalink
    15/06/2015 9:47 am

    These are all great photos. I really love how the end of all off seasons, bring new beginnings and beauty. This is a great post. Thanks for sharing.

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  56. Sharon Ulery Ruggieri permalink
    15/06/2015 10:41 am

    Plants off season and failure, success…really creative. Great pictures 🙂

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  57. Jhoveleen permalink
    18/06/2015 6:10 am

    I love these stunning photos, esp. the nature. I could amuse my eyes by glancing such great compilation all day long.

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  58. I Love Paars by: Lee permalink
    18/06/2015 9:19 am

    it’s great to see photos like these as we don’t have autum and winter here in PH. wood pecker, never seen one either

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  59. Leslie permalink
    20/06/2015 12:52 am

    Great photos! When I was little I loved summer but now I’m thinking I’m more of a winter kind of girl.

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