Governed by the Seasons

I sit by the window, sun streaming in, brighter than before

I sit by the window, coffee in hand, begging it to protect me from chill winds finding it’s way through a crack in the door

I sit by the window, give way to dreaming, trying to cope

I crack open the window … earth awakens … at last there is hope!

 

Living in New England we are governed by the seasons. With each change comes a wrangling and a writhing unknown to those in more temperate climes. In the warm and bright days of summer, our mood is joyful, we raise our glass and celebrate its glory, revel in its bounty. As winter approaches we easily turn our attention to thoughts of calm relaxing days filled with hot chocolate and stillness, content to watch the snow softly fall from the sky.

I began to realize just how much my mood was affected by the seasons when I lived in Northern Baja. The days there were quite consistent for most of the year. From March to November one could pretty much count on the same thing every day. No need for the weather man. No need to look and judge his prediction. After 5o years or more of wild, unpredictable extremes in the Northeast it was a welcome respite.

Still life photography enlightened me even more. I’ve studied the light coming in my kitchen window throughout the seasons over the last few years. The quality of the light will change the choices I make, which items I choose, the colors I gravitate to, my camera settings. I cannot help but find my mood reflected in my work. Usually pleased with the results, the mood seems appropriate to the season.

Come March, a whole other animal is present. It is a season in itself, unlike any other. It’s wonky and weird. Sometimes hopeful with spring-like days, other times wild and unexpected, blizzards and below 0 temperatures. It’s impossible to feel calm and settled in March. And although I have made my peace with it, I am not in love it. The light is constantly changing and I feel equally as wonky and weird as the weather, fidgety, anxious, desperate for spring.

Why does something so unpleasant precede such beauty? I won’t pretend to understand it.

 

Governed by the Seasons - Renuko Style - Photography by Karen Olson

 

Governed by the Seasons - Renuko Style - Photography by Karen Olson

 

Governed by the Seasons - Renuko Style - Photography by Karen Olson

 

Governed by the Seasons - Renuko Style - Photography by Karen Olson

 

Governed by the Seasons - Renuko Style - Photography by Karen Olson

 

Governed by the Seasons - Renuko Style - Photography by Karen Olson

 

Governed by the Seasons - Renuko Style - Photography by Karen Olson

 

Governed by the Seasons - Renuko Style - Photography by Karen Olson

 

Governed by the Seasons - Renuko Style - Photography by Karen Olson

 

Governed by the Seasons - Renuko Style - Photography by Karen Olson

 

Governed by the Seasons - Renuko Style - Photography by Karen Olson

I would absolutely love to hear from you! Please feel free to share your thoughts.

  1. Beautiful images, Karen!
    I know just what you mean when you talk about mood/weather/March.
    I was all set for spring. The snow was completely gone.
    And then there was Stella.
    Spring is now a LONG way away.
    Happy day to you!

  2. I couldn’t agree with you more…sometimes by the time March rolls along, I don’t want to photograph anything but then that big storm comes and I’m out the door, camera in hand. I do hope though that Tuesdays was the last for awhile…I long to be warm both inside and out…
    I love all of your photos but I can see the difference between the cooler tones and the warm…
    One thing New Englanders learn early on is to be patient with the weather…it will turn again…hopefully soon.

  3. Hi Karen, I could agree with you on the light but goodness I love your moody shots . So gorgeous. . The light I have now is new to me in a new setting. Im learning to work with it , watch it , time it and just go with the flow. You continue to inspire me greatly with your honest emotions and tell all . I love it. I just cam from skill share and watch all of them . All so great.
    New light is blown out highlights, darker than dark I wanted but it will get better each day I pick up my camera. Each day is a gift and that is one that I cherish good or bad and I see you do as well. Loved my visit here. Im on the move with my blog and really dont have one up yet for this year . Its coming . WordPress is a challenge but will be worth it . Soon add my first blog and just go from there. Happy Easter Dear friend and creative soul.
    Lisa

  4. March is a moody month, you never know what kind of weather you will end up with. I love your moody shots. :) I hope the weather in April has been kinder to you with spring time at least a close whisper. I can imagine it must seem like winter will never end where you are… Our winter was rather mild in Ohio and now spring has been warmer that usual, we were out on the boat and fishing on Easter! I hope some of our warm weather goes your way. Have a great day!