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So there’s this WordPress photo challenge that I started …

… then last week was kind of chaotic and I just didn’t get around to posting.

But inspiration hit this morning with today’s theme, challenging us to find a Pop of Colour.

We woke up this morning to the first snow on the ground and I wandered out to my backyard and took this photo:

Winter picnic anyone?

Winter picnic anyone?

I liked it. And it kind of sums up my feelings about winter here and summer gone.

The abandoned toys of summer fun.

But all pretty in pink. So somehow less depressing, right?

Then I also snapped this one which I liked – and which I think works for the Mystery photo theme I missed last Thursday:

Winter_bike

No, I don’t want to build a snowman. I want to ride a bike. Dammit.

As for my photographer husband’s comments on these? Did I at least put them in the shed after I was done being creative?

First snow always hits me with mixed feelings. Pretty? Yes. But in September and October I find myself clinging to those last beautiful days of warmth – spending time outdoors and enjoying the Natural World with my family before it changes dramatically for the next seven or so months.

I took this on a particularly warm weekend in late September when I took my girls out for an afternoon at Hog's Back - a gorgeous park, waterfall, wooded area in the middle of Ottawa

I took this on a particularly warm weekend in late September when I took my girls out for an afternoon at Hog’s Back – a gorgeous park, waterfall, and wooded area in the middle of Ottawa.

And I find there is always something so … final about checking off the milestones towards its end.

I took this last photo last Tuesday, and while I don’t know that it works for any theme, it certainly works for my whole feeling in late October/early November, that I’m holding on to those last few days before Winter truly shows her face.

I had the girls in the car and was about to leave to drop them off at daycare when I saw them looking at me from the recycle bin. Just so final seeing them in there...

I had the girls in the car and was about to leave for daycare when I saw them looking at me from the recycle bin. Made me feel a bit sad seeing them in there… and they also sort of seemed to be taunting me…

I went shopping with my girls yesterday to buy them their new snowsuits for the season.

They were thrilled when they woke up this morning and realized they could wear them.

As for me?

I will TRY to enjoy winter.

Promise.

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