The Changing Seasons: December 2017

Here we are: it’s the end of December and the last time I will be hosting this challenge that I started 3 years ago.

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The temporary moustaches of November are finally out of fashion and this month it is full-grown beards – preferably grey/white – coupled with big fat bellies and red costumes that are trendy. Enough talk. Here’s the gallery with some of my favorites from this month:

Of course I also had to post something for Version 2 this month. I arranged an intimate house concert in my apartment. The concept is inspired by Sofar Sounds (Sofar – SOngs From A Room). If you don’t know Sofar Sounds, but you’re into music, I suggest that you look it up because it’s really cool. There’s a lot of musicians that wants to play at Sofar gigs, so even if you’re accepted as an artist to perform, there’s a long waiting list. I thought: “Why wait for Sofar Sounds? I’ll just arrange it myself instead”.
First  I asked my friend Sjur if he could perform 5 of his songs, which he gladly accepted. Then I heard Synne when we both played live at the same stage about a month ago and I loved her music. She also gladly accepted my request and on the 15th of December we were 18 people enjoying live music in my apartment. I’ve made this clip with one song from each artist. Give it a listen and please support my music by downloading my EP (links under the video).

Live music in my apartment/V2:

You can buy (or stream, but buying is better – then I’ll make a small amount of FIAT money) my music on Google Play, Spotify, Itunes, Amazon Music, WiMp/Tidal, Shazam and other platforms. Search for “Mads Bjørkli” or “Knuste Hjerter EP”.
Google Play:

Stream/buy my music.

If you want to see my full December gallery, you can check it out here:

Huge thank goes out to all the bloggers that have participated in this challenge during the last three years!

Su Leslie has mentioned that she is willing to run this challenge next year, so if you feel like joining in, make sure to follow her blog where this challenge will continue to live on without me as a host.

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:


30 thoughts on “The Changing Seasons: December 2017

  1. You have so many incredible photos 😮👍 My favorite is the snow-covered branch with the bright sun behind it

  2. Well, it’s been good while it lasted. I love the photos as per usual; though your description of December made me hate this season even more.

  3. I love that you are into arts and not just photography. I was always a writer, but photography was always my official hobby and when I retired, it became a sort of second profession, in a non professional (as in “unpaid”) way. I will happily hook up with Su Leslie.

    You did a lot more photography than i did this month! I spent a lot of time writing — and reading — and not much time shooting. As soon as I saw your post up, I didn’t read it, but grabbed cameras and we went a-shooting in town. I’m just running about three weeks late on everything this year. I usually get into town at the beginning of the month … and I realized I had to do it today or it would be over before I got there.

    Thank you for hosting this for years. These things are a lot more work than people think they are. I know. I tried for a while and gave it up pretty fast.

    Keep in touch!!

  4. All the very best to you and yours for 2018, Max. Thank you for being such an inspiring host and for sharing your world in so many striking images.

  5. Thanks for the photo challenge this year. I’ve enjoyed thinking about the changes that come to a city according to the seasons, a thing I normally take for granted. I think your photos are fantastic, and this month my favourites were the icicles on branches. So beautiful. Merry Christmas Cardinal.

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  7. Thank you, Max. It’s been a great 3 years and I’ve loved this challenge.

    Because of Changing Seasons, I actively embraced my city and exploring parts of it I’ve never seen before. Changing Seasons introduced me to Oslo and inspired me to visit it and meet you – a major highlight of our trip.

    Your photos have always been beautiful and inspired me to become a better photographer … I still have a long way to go, but you make me want to try.

    It will be several more days before I can sit down and prepare my own post for December, but I’m sending you very warm wishes for the holidays and 2018. Happy Peacemas, Max.

  8. First of all Max, thanks for hosting the challenge. I hope I’ll be able to keep it going (and I hope you will continue to share your photos here). I love your December gallery — your place is soooo different to mine this time of year. As Xmas has past and I’m very slow to the party, I’ll wish you a happy and fulfilling New Year. Cheers, Su.

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