The Changing Seasons: November 2017

The businesses have started Christmas. Twelve days of Christmas has turned into two months of shopping. It’s November again and temporary moustaches are back in fashion.

Narvesen, Spikersuppa.

The three first photos were shot earlier this month and those were all I had until the other night, when I managed to go on a photo walk to capture the photos for this post. Don’t forget to follow my music page on Facebook:

You can buy/stream my music on Google Play, Spotify, Itunes and Amazon Music. Search for “Mads Bjørkli” or “Knuste Hjerter EP”. Will soon also be available via WiMp/Tidal, Shazam and other platforms.
Here’s a link to Google Play:


Enough talk. Here’s the gallery:

Plus a little experimental selfie project for V2:

Su Leslie has mentioned that she is willing to run this challenge next year, so it will continue to live on without me as a host. That means that even though it’s November, it’s not too late to join – you can join in now and continue to post next year. Here’s all the details:

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:


24 thoughts on “The Changing Seasons: November 2017

  1. Oslo really does have its party clothes on!! It’s a little early for me … sometimes it helps to inspire Christmas spirit, but mostly it gives me the bah-humbugs.
    My favourite picture is the Karl Johann Gate. I love the composition of it, but mostly how clean and crisp the lights are.

    Yay Su, for offering to run the challenge! That’s great news.

    • It’s interesting how we all have different taste when it comes to photos, music, art, etc. I actually considered not to post the Karl Johans Gate photo because I don’t like it at all. 😀
      Christmas decorations are OK with me and they do help to create a holiday spirit (but please save them for December, that’s all I ask for).

      • I’m not normally fussed about symmetry, but it really worked for me in this one. Maybe it’s because I know how hard it is to take photos in the dark and this one is a really good one.

  2. I love that they are all night photographs this month. They may all be one day, but they are lovely and twinkly.

    This hasn’t been much of a month for pictures. It’s a pretty drab time of year, here. We aren’t in the city, so the “pre holiday” stuff isn’t in this town. In Boston and suburbs, there’s probably lights and decorations, be here, you won’t see it until next month. So I hope you will be patient with the thing pickings. Not only is it a particularly un-photogenic period, it has also been raining almost all the time!

    • “This hasn’t been much of a month for pictures.” I totally agree with you and that’s why nearly all the photos were shot on the same night. I brought my tripod, but I didn’t use it even once. The results would have been betterm, but it always takes time when I put up the tripod to do long exposures. I was showing some foreigners around the city, so that’s why I didn’t use it. It’s better to do long exposures when you’re on your own or hanging out with photographers that can appreciate/understand why everything is taking so long.
      Apart from the fact that it hasn’t been much of a month for pictures, I’ve also had (and still have) a lot of shit going on lately, plus I’ve also been busy with my musical project.

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  4. Beautiful night shots. They don’t look haunting and cold, though. More like warm and inviting – peaceful, in fact. Truth is flexible? Hehe, no one knows the truth anymore 😀 Hope you get to go out and take more shots. At this time of the year here in Melbourne, the city is too crowded for my liking to go out and take photos in the day.

    I’ve enjoyed this challenge you’ve been running over the last couple (I think!) of years. It always seems to have your stamp all over it – like what you’re famous for in the blog world 😀

    • It might look warm and inviting, but it was a cold evening. Freezing hands when you take a photo!
      Thanks to Su the challenge will continue its life after I’ll end it here in the blog. I’ll probably participate in it though, but then I’ll have the freedom to skip a month now and then if I’ll feel like it.

  5. Gorgeous night shots, Cardinal. I’ll take twinkle lights any time of the year but would happily do away with the two-months-of-shopping culture we seem to have unconsciously adopted.

    Wishing you a lovely week ahead!

    • Thanks Melissa and a lovely week to you too! The two-months-of-shopping culture disgusts me. This year I told my close ones that I want homemade gift cards on personal services like babysitting, instead of getting things for X-mas.

  6. Truth is flexible, ha! Great photos as always. I’m falling in love with your city. I wish I lived somewhere nice too, though it’s hardly an excuse for me not taking many photos these cold days.

  7. Love the opening shot, Max. 🙂 The decorations were already going up in the Algarve when we left last week. Santa dangles from a neighbour’s window and Papa Noel balances on a balcony! Takes all kinds 🙂 🙂 Bit early for me, though.

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  14. Christmas has reared it’s ugly retail head here too, but since it’s currently 23 degrees C and really humid, somehow all the fake snow, etc seem even more ridiculous.
    I love your gallery though; city + night + Max + camera = 🙂 🙂
    Love the selfies even more. My first thought was of the Georges Méliès film ‘Trip to the Moon.’

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