The Changing Seasons: September 2017

September is here and brought autumn with her. This is the third consecutive year that I cover September in this challenge and after this (as you probably already know) there’s only 3 months left of the year.

Oslo Opera, Bjørvika.

I started this challenge in 2014 and now it’s almost over, but not quite yet. Here’s my gallery for The Changing Seasons this month (this is also for WPC’s Layered):

See more photos in my Flickr Gallery:

What’s this «Changing Seasons» blogging challenge?

«The Changing Seasons 2017» is a blogging challenge with two versions: the original (V1) which is purely photographic and the new version (V2) where you can allow yourself to be more artistic and post a painting, a recipe, a digital manipulation, or simply just one photo that you think represents the month.

These are the rules for Version 1 (The Changing Seasons V1):

  • 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.

These are the rules for Version 2 (The Changing Seasons V2):

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

TheChangingSeasons_6367You can download this photo and use it as a widget on your blog if you’d like to. If you look in my right menu, you’ll see that you can click the image and see all my posts that are related to this challenge.

Links to participants:


63 thoughts on “The Changing Seasons: September 2017

  1. Although I’ve never gotten around to joining this challenge (despite thinking I should each time I see a post by a participant), I’ve enjoyed your response and those of others. I like all these photos but the sheep, for some reason, caught my eyes the most.


    • The sheep photo was also popular on Instagram, I don’t know why really. For me it shows the diversity of Oslo: it’s not many capitals of the world where you can find a beautiful Opera house and grazing sheep just a few kilometers away.
      It’s good to hear that you’ve enjoyed watching the challenge. It would have been fun if you’d joined, but I won’t renew this challenge next year. After 3 years it’s time to let it die.

  2. I’ve got mine set to go on Friday and I think I’ll keep it featured through the weekend. You did some great work this month. For me, the big month is usually October. Usually, we are showing autumn colors by now, but it is still summer here in the valley. Your water reflections are stunning, but I also love the sheep in the meadow and the young woman in (what I assume) is a local costume?

    One of the things I enjoy the most about this challenge is that it pushes me to get out there and SHOOT. I get lazy, sometimes, but then I remember — “Uh oh. I need pictures!” and we go out with cameras. This has been wonderful. Do you know if you are going to continue for another year?

  3. I love this collection of images Max: rural and urban, traditional and modern, large-scale and intimate. Your “village on steroids” comments fits so nicely. Sorry to hear the challenge will end (unless one of us takes it up), but I totally understand. Thanks for hosting for so long 🙂

  4. So there will be no changing seasons the next year? Serve me right, I should have completed at least one year while the good things lasted. Apropos, if the seasons won’t be changing the next year, please make it summer the whole year round.

  5. Your photo of the Opera house is a beauty. The reflections of colors are like a carpet of glass leaves in the foreground.

  6. You never disappoint with such an eclectic mix of photos. Like so many others, the sheep really came as a surprise. This is one of those unusual aspects of a city that we would otherwise have no way of knowing!! I know many large cities – including Toronto – offer allotments for people to keep gardens, but sheep?! That is pretty cool .

    I had wondered if I read your post correctly, but the comments confirm it. Sad to see the challenge end, but it’s had a great run and I’ve enjoyed participating in it each month. Thanks to you, I think I will now always look at the end of each month from a slightly different perspective – ie what was the tone and flavour of this month?

    Thanks Max 🙂

    • The sheep belongs to the king and they are on his farm at Bygdøy, so it’s not like anyone can start sheep farming in Oslo. People will probably complain if you start having sheep in the tiny backyards around here. 🙂
      I’m pretty sure that you’re the only one that has participated since the beginning. I’ll look into it in the end of the year/beginning of next year when I’ll post a recap (I haven’t decided that I will, but I know that I will – it’s a natural way to end such a challenge). Then you’ll get a digital diploma or something. Hehe.
      I’m very glad to hear that I’ve made an impact on how you look at the end of the month. I take that as a huge compliment. Thanks!

      The challenge will be over soon, but we still have a few months to go unless, like Su Leslie wrote; “unless one of us takes it up”.

      • I noticed Su’s comment and immediate thought ‘could I?’ … but then I remembered that since I retired I prefer to be ‘lacking in responsibility’ … which sounds a lot better than ‘being irresponsible’ 😉

        I no longer remember which blogger introduced me to your challenge, but I was hooked right from the beginning. I’ve enjoyed it a lot, but I can see that from your perspective, it may feel *old* now.
        You’re a creative type. I’m sure you will find something new 🙂 … or maybe you already have?

      • I have really enjoyed it. It helps to live in a country that actually has four seasons, though I think spring in this neck of the woods is more than a little bit dicey. I hope someone continue with it. I know I’m too lazy (shame on me!) …

  7. So much life, light and colour in these photos, Max. The church interior is magical. It captures the sense of your stepping through the door and finding something wonderful going on. Selfie time at Aker Brygge is a riot. Love it.

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  12. These photographs are extraordinary Max. I love the night scenes and the women. Jo, my partner, said she would love one of those traditional dresses.

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  17. Lovely to share in your month once again CG. Sorry to hear that the challenge is coming to an end this year, but I know how much time running a challenge takes and I only kept mine going for a year at a time! I have loved participating in it from the very beginning – you encouraged me to record the months in my former home and as Joanne commented, your challenge really motivates you out with the camera to record the differences. My new home led to a new slant on the challenge with monthly updates on what the month had brought to my life. I pulled out in June this year mainly due to illness and being too tired to go out to take photos and then life threw one of those curve balls that it is so fond of. Anyway, I shall stop burbling on and simply say that I have loved being part of the challenge, thoroughly enjoyed visiting participants all over the world and discovering some really talented bloggers out there, and loved seeing Oslo through your wonderful photography. Thanks CG
    Jude xx

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