The Changing Seasons Recap 2015

This is the last post in The Changing Seasons 2015. Michelle just posted her photos from December as well, and as we were writing back and forth in her comment section, I realized that I also had a few photos from December 2015 to share with you.

My December photos were taken when I went out for a shoot with model Thea and her dog Kilo.

In the beginning of this challenge (in January 2015) we had 27 participants (not including me). When February and March came along, we’d reached around 32, but when summer arrived in the Northern Hemisphere, the amount of participants dropped drastically. Now that it’s December 2015 we’re counting 11 participants (still not including me). For various and unknown reasons (time, inspiration, health, shit hit the brain fan, etc, etc,) a lot of people left during the year, but if they want to, they’ll have a chance to do a comeback in 2016 when this challenge continues. If you read the introduction to the 2016 version of the challenge, you’ll notice that there’s two versions & the rules have changed slightly.

I was planning to create a participants gallery with photos from throughout the year, but it turned out to be too time-consuming – that’s why I’ll stick to showing you how the different parts of the world looked like from the participants point of view in January 2015. Not all the participants are included, because some bloggers had deleted their posts and some joined later during the year.



Here’s some of the randomness that I have captured for this challenge:

At times, I found it diificult to post something every month, but since I was running this challenge I had to stick to the schedule. Some months I felt that didn’t have enough, or not good enough photos, and one month I nearly forgot all about it (I remebered the evening before). Anyway, that’s what I’ve learned from this challenge: it was more difficult than what I initially thought it would be. The best thing about it is that it kept me going: I had to produce something and I’ve also heard from another participant that this challenge was the only thing that kept her blogging throughout the year. For me that was pretty cool to hear (thanks!).

Anyway, thanks to everyone for participating (also to those that didn’t complete the full year – it was still interesting to get a glimpse from your parts of the world!).

If you want to join this challenge next year, you can read the full introduction here: In short, these are the rules for 2016 and my first post will be live somewhere between the 20-30th of January:

The Changing Seasons V1 (version 1 – the same that we’ve been doing in 2015):

  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
  •     Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery.
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.

The Changing Seasons V2 (a new twist):

  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
  • Each month, post one photo (a digital maniulation, a recipe with a photo, a painting, a drawing, or something similar) that represents your interpretation of the month.
  • Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!

You can also mix or combine the two versions as you please. Do V1 this month, V2 that month, do them both, V2 with 17 photos, V1 with one photo. It’s all up to you.

Bangkok, November 2015

Bangkok, November 2015

Happy new year to all my readers!



37 thoughts on “The Changing Seasons Recap 2015

  1. Well thanks for the shout out. I feel special now and not too bad for sliding in at the last minute with my December post. Love how the ferris wheel is lighting up the ice rink! It was cool to see some of the other’s JAN 2015 shots too. Your year review really shows some wonderful pics. I am happy I stuck through with the challenge and am looking forward to doing it in 2016, even if I am late.

    • I’ll probably be late sometimes too. That’s why I decided not to post on the 7th – like I’ve done in 2015 – but to publish between the 20th and the end of the month. It’ll be easier for me and it also makes more sense: January in January. The one month lag thingy that I did in 2015 didn’t feel right…

      • I missed that change. Phew. That makes more sense and saves me from already getting behind! I have military duty in mid JAN so may not get to shoot. Now the question is, do I want to pick a new location this year?

  2. I appreciate how much work that recap took to put together!

    Thanks again for hosting this challenge. It was really interesting as both a participant and an observer. I’m looking forward to your new challenge in 2016. I’m sure it will be another creative stretch 🙂

    Best wishes for 2016!

  3. Thanks for your hard work putting this post together! I, too, found it challenging at times to keep this up but am glad I did. Looking forward to 2016. I plan to step “way far out” of my comfort zone and sort of combine v1 and v2 each month as I attempt urban photography. Happy New Year! See you in 2016. 🙂

  4. January recap is such a great idea, appreciate the effort you put into it. I am curious to see how other participants (you included) will approach V2 – I think I will stick with V1 (with probable change of location, maybe including a panorama shot each month or maybe turning everything into B&W or at least half of the shots).
    Anyway, looking forward to the season 2. Wishing everyone happy holidays and all the best in 2016.
    here is my recap:

      • really, the only one outside the WP? who would say. and one of the ‘selected bunch’ who made it through the whole year. very proud of myself 😉 (pat, pat)

  5. Now, this is the single challenge I failed to go through and it’s making me feel depressed, especially when seeing the stunning photos here! I guess I’ll try again the next year 🙂

  6. I love your December photos Cardinal, and all the work that has gone into the recap and the round-up of January photos – having just completed hosting a much simpler challenge this year I appreciate just how much time running a challenge takes. As you said, when you are the host you cannot miss a post! There have been a couple of months this year when I thought I wouldn’t find anything new/decent/interesting to photograph around my town, but I have enjoyed getting out there to capture SOMETHING to share. I look forward to the new year and wish you all the best 🙂
    Jude xx

  7. I love your December photos of the Christmas market, ice skating and the wheel. They really highlight the experience (and coldness) of a European Xmas. The recap of January was great to see as well. Thanks again for organising the series.

  8. Strong finish! I love the wheel and ice rink shots! Beautiful images. Thanks again and again for hosting and compiling the wrap up. I am very happy to be included.

  9. Strange that there were so few participants because those posts were always very popular. I’m definitely in, though January is going to be a bit of a trick because I’m away so much of the month. I’ll work it out 🙂 Happy New Year.

  10. This post was a visual delight from your December and random images to the January 2015 recap. As I said in an earlier post, I am thrilled about the rule changes for 2016 and look forward to joining the fun this year. Watch out 2016, here we come!

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