Assignment: Four Seasons 2011

Back in October I showed you a couple of locations I had visited at different times of the year called Seasons.  In the comments, some people voiced an interest in doing a long term Assignment: Seasons 2011assignment taking that idea a step further to include all four seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.

You may do this assignment and present it in anyway you wish as long as you show four distinctive seasons from the SAME location.  Four different blogs, a collage, a year ending blog presenting all four photos or some other creative way.  You can use the astronomical solstices and equinoxes if you wish but that is not required. I suggest you select a location which you know well and is easy to get to.  A nearby park, favorite window view, historic structure or your backyard.

I am announcing this now in case some of you want to start with this year’s Winter solstice on December 22nd.  On December 28, 2011, I will recap the assignment with links you post below.

Leave a comment here so I will know if you want to participate.

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55 Responses to Assignment: Four Seasons 2011

  1. I’m going to give it a try!


  2. Gerry says:

    I like to review the year, compare one year to another, see how things change. I find that I go back to some spots over and over–and that I go back to different spots at different times of the year. I have favorite orchards, beaches, stands of maples, snowfields. I think my challenge will be to find a single spot that has a story to tell throughout the year. We’ll see how I do . . .


  3. Carsten says:

    I’ll give it a try Scott.
    Maybe with motives that are more or less familiar to a few of the fellow bloggers on this site.


    • Thanks, whether new or old, I know you’ll do a great job.

      I have to ask, Carsten. You and Brigette both use the word “motive”. Not sure I understand what that means. I am thinking it might be something lost in translation into English.


      • Carsten says:

        Interesting question Scott! It was hard to find an explanation, but finally I found this in “The Great Danish Encyclopedia”:
        “Within the visual arts the motive as form, is the visible phenomenon, such as landscape, installation or person, the artist has in mind, while he implements an artistic process. The content may be subject to a religious, mythological, literary, allegorical, social work or other subject that is the target of the presentation.”
        Does this give any meaning to you? And which word would you use instead of “motive”?


  4. Karma says:

    Yes, yes! I am definitely in! Can we actually start this assignment with shots from your Autumn 2010 assignment? Then we’d only have 3 more seasons to go. Or would that be cheating?


  5. Nye says:

    This should be fun and would love to give this a try.


  6. milkayphoto says:

    Not fair! An assignment a YEAR in the making! You are BAD, Scott!

    Just kidding! I actually have an idea for this one! 🙂


  7. Lucinda says:

    I’m going to attempt this. 🙂


  8. truels says:

    I remember you wrote about this earlier, returning to the same spot during the seasons: This is a nice assignment – I love this idea of returning and capturing the same place again. So i will give it a try!


  9. Robin says:

    Sounds like fun. Count me in! 🙂


  10. Michael Ryan says:

    I’m gonna do it. c:


  11. I will try doing this new assignment too 🙂 Sounds great.


  12. Giiid says:

    I´m in, of course. This will be fun, I can´t remember I have joined any assignment with that time horizon.
    BTW, thanks for mentioning the mistake about the word motive. I thought I used the right word, and didn´t look it up before. Now that I have, I can see that the right word is “subject”. In spoken Danish we use the same word “motiv” to explain both “subject” and “motive”.


    • Hi Birgitte, I am a bit late to participate in this discussion; I was just checking the date for Scott’s assignment (Four Seasons). In French “motif” means “subject” as well as “pattern”. For instance on a fabric you would say “motif” for pattern, design. You could also talk about your “motif”-reason, for a decision. Isn’t it interesting to compare languages this way ?


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  15. Dawn says:

    I’ve been thinking about this. I think I can do this…I have a spot in mind right across the street…OK. I’m in!


  16. marysquilt says:

    I’m going to give this a try. I already have my fall photo. I think this will be a lot of fun.



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  20. Count me in, too!


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  23. Unfortunately, I am joining too late. Bummer. I’ll catch the next competition.


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  25. mylifeincny says:

    Hi Scott – this was great fun – thanks for thinking of this!


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  28. G’day Scott ! Here I am with my contribution to your Four Seasons’ assignment which I enjoyed a lot ! Thanks for your suggestion and all other challenges you invited us on.


  29. Karma says:

    My assignment is scheduled to post today:


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  31. Gerry says:

    I’m pretty sure we didn’t have a summer this year, but I’m sure we’ll make up for it with extra winter. Wait, wait . . .

    Seasons of the Writing Studio and Bait Shop


  32. truels says:

    As I told you above a year ago – this subject was just perfect for me! I love returning to many of my favorite spots around here in Jutland – and especially close to Mårslet – within walking or biking distance. And the subject this time is from my neighborhood. Here is my contribution (I can see you’ve already seen it, Scott!):
    I wish you a Happy and photo-rich New Year. And I’d like to send you a thousand thanks for your great work with all your assignments, great photos and lots of good inspiration and new ideas so far – and I look forward to many more new in 2012!


  33. Carsten says:

    Happy New Year to you Scott.
    Here is my contribution to your assignment:
    You might expect pictures from the wood – but maybe different from these.
    As many of my co-visitors I’m looking forward to what you have in mind for the next challenge.
    Thanks for doing all this work Scott.


  34. Giiid says:

    That was a difficult assignment, Scott. – I mean the “remember to do it” part… 🙂


  35. pattibrehler says:

    Scott–I echo Giiid’s comment. I had trouble with the “remembering” part too! Hope this isn’t too late! (I really had intended to start a new blog this year, and incorporate this assignment there. But…good intentions…so, it ended up on my blog about raising puppies for Leader Dogs for the Blind, and still ended up being about my puppy!)


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