Weekly Photo Challenge: Seasons…goose-stepping into spring

Posted: February 19, 2016 in Nature, Weekly Photo Challenge
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In NE Illinois, we’re having a spring day in the middle of winter-getting-ready-to-transition-to-spring.  The park trails were quagmires this morning and to say the wind is “gusty” is to understate what it’s doing. But it does get me in the mood for spring, even though I love winter and would have enjoyed more snow.

I typed this intro while waiting for the Photo Challenge theme to be posted and what did it turn out to be?  “Seasons.”  Too funny.  Maybe I should set up as a psychic.  🙂  Here are two photos I took this morning with my iPhone while slogging through the mixed season slop.

Here’s a leftover leaf from fall lying in a spring puddle of melted winter snow.

© janet m. webb 2016

There are a lot of mixed up geese hanging around right now.  I don’t know if they didn’t leave (some didn’t) for winter or took the wrong flight and are back early.  But there are hundreds of them on the river right now.  Here’s proof they can leave something more interesting than poop.  The melting snow and mud doesn’t bother them at all.

© janet m. webb 2016




  1. Janet, these are stunning. Especially the first one. Please forgive my memory, but I have no idea how you feel about re-blogs and I would love to re-blog this. You and Bill and family mean a lot to me. Though I’ve not seen a post from Bill and don’t know how to find him since my return, neither of you are forgotten. xoxo

    • Bill’s not blogging anymore and yes, you’re welcome to re-blog. I do appreciate you asking, but feel free any time you like. We think of you often and are so glad you’re back online.


      • Janet, you, Bill and family hold a very special place in my heart. You don’t leave my thoughts, heart or prayers. I am thankful to be back when I can be and connect with you. xoxo

  2. wondeful images, I particularly like the leaf in melting snow.

  3. Beautiful images. Love the leaf
    Happy Weekend

  4. Allan G. Smorra says:

    The leaf is fantastic and the goose steps make me laugh.
    Thanks, Janet.

    • My pleasure as always, Allan. The plethora of goose tracks had an unexpected beauty. By now, they will have melted, so I’m glad I was there early enough to see and capture them.

  5. pattisj says:

    Love the goose steps!

  6. bythebriny says:

    I love the glow on the first image!

  7. A blogger, a photographer, and now a psychic. Deadly! PS – 2 nice shots. Well done J.

  8. Your photos have captured the winter’s touch, Janet. Both are beautiful, but the second is funny as well hehe. Stay warm out there!

  9. How serendipitous that you started to write about the seasons – I am not surprised when I look at your amazing photos. Both are great

  10. Reblogged this on Busy Mind Thinking and commented:
    Janet holds a very special place in my heart, so I asked if I could re-blog this with the hope if you haven’t met, you’ll introduce yourself to this wonderful lady.

  11. That leaf is really hanging in there. “I’ll make it. I have to see another summer, I know I can do it!”

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  13. Lena says:

    Hello there psykic Janet 😉 Very nice photos, especially the leaf. We have the same things with cows and their calfs in spring when you can go to a farm and watch them jump out for the first time after the winter.

  14. Paula says:

    They are both wonderful, Janet. How extraordinary geese tracks are!

  15. Trisha says:

    These are both so beautiful!

  16. Kerry S. says:

    I love the prints in the snow.

  17. restlessjo says:

    You’ve made that sad-looking leaf an object of real beauty. 🙂
    Happy weekend to you!

  18. Are you psychic? Absolutely!

  19. I love that second photo!

  20. happyface313 says:

    🙂 Excellent selection of pictures, dear Janet!
    Have a very HAPPY weekend 🙂

  21. N. says:

    Beautiful photos! I especially love the second one with the geese footprints 🙂

  22. de Wets Wild says:

    The geese tracks in the snow are amazing, Janet!

    Will you be available for online peerings into your crystal ball, Ms Psychic?

    • Ha, I see the psychic thing is going viral. 🙂 I do see spring coming soon and Saturday coming tomorrow. That’s about it for tonight. Glad you enjoyed the tracks. They were something I’d not seen before. Not the same in mud!

  23. Ruth says:

    Your leaf portrait is stunning Janet. The light! The hope of Spring. It does always come. In truth, this winter has been pretty mild for us – comparatively. My ice rink gravel driveway disappeared in the night due to the 50 degrees temp.

    • Good morning, Ruth. Our winter has ranged from frigid cold with wind chills to warmer than usual and not as much snow as I would like. But still I anticipate the joys of spring, the growth, the mild air, the feeling of welcoming back life. I’m glad you liked the light on the leaf. It’s what caught my eye.

  24. That’s a wonderful contribution to the challenge! I really like both of your photos. We have a lot of geese hanging around too. No beautiful snow right now though. Have a wonderful weekend!

  25. I like both pictures. They are very different strong images. To be honest, I don’t care for the orange frame and the second one doesn’t need one either. I think frames are usually a distraction that draws the eye away from the photo. I am sharing what I was taught. What you do is your choice. I welcome criticism on my images because honest comments help me learn.

    • Sherry, I appreciate your feedback. I added an unframed shot on my Oddball post today after reading your comment, so people could compare. Thanks for your honesty and explanation.


  26. My ear loves the line “slogging through the mid season slop.” It’s been a mild winter where I love near Boise, but I’m ready for spring and longer days.

    • If winter had as much daylight as summer, I think a lot more people would like it. I’m ready to start seeing seeing the first little flowers poke their heads up out of the ground.