The Weekly Photo Challenge, ‘Changing Seasons‘, had me remembering some places I’ve been, where the seasons have seemed to be rather topsy-turvy. Sometimes weather can be quite surprising, depending on where in the world you happen to be.
Winter in Rio de Janeiro. Most photos of Rio that I’d seen, made it look as though it was all sunshine, and bikinis on the beach. Just my bad luck to be visiting Corcovado Mountain in the rain and fog.
Summer in San Francisco. It was so cold on 4th July, that I had to buy a sheepskin jacket from one of the stores at Pier 39. They did seem to stock more winter than summer clothes, so maybe the cold wasn’t entirely unexpected.
Spring in Wyoming. We certainly weren’t expecting snow and ice in May.
Nothing disappointing about the gardens at the Summer Palace in Beijing. They were so beautiful, and just bursting with spring blossoms.
Autumn in Cape Town South Africa, was decidedly chilly and grey,
but it was worth the visit, if only for the beautiful view from the top of Table Mountain.
Travelling on the Blue Ridge Parkway through the Appalachian Highlands, did have some typical autumn scenes, and we couldn’t resist trying a packet of those deliciously crunchy Pork Rinds.
Autumn in New Jersey certainly wasn’t a lot of fun this year,
and some of the streets will never look the same again.
Winter in my home town of Umhlanga South Africa, always feels like summer to most visitors from cooler climes.
My sister’s dog Dingo, can always find a nice sunny spot by the pool.
Even though it’s warm and mild in Florida for December, you only have to visit the shopping mall to see that it’s winter, and that Christmas is almost here.
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What a great World Tour!
So glad you enjoyed it, Naomi. 🙂
Fantastic photo collection 🙂
Thanks so much. 🙂
View of the table mountain – blissful!
🙂 It is a sight for sore eyes.
I love the wide range of seasonal shots you shared… Still amazed at the devastation from Sandy.
Thanks again. Yes, it’s going to take a while to get everything back to normal in that area.
Every season tells a fun and exciting adventure. Wonderful memories that just made our day. Thanks for starting my morning with these beautiful images.
Thanks so much, Island Traveler. Wishing you a beautiful day. 🙂
Nice photos,enjoy the holidays, and have a merry christmas. 🙂
Thanks so much, matron. You too. 🙂
What a fantastic trip in pictures across the world! I remember one summer in Canberra (when there was supposed to be a heatwave) it snowed – that was very topsy-turvy weather!
Glad you enjoyed, Dianne. Snow in a Canberra summer sounds weird. I read that they had their chilliest October this year for over 40 years. Something is definitely going on with the weather. 😦
My absolute favourites are Beijing (as I’m reading memoirs of a geisha again)!
Thanks, Dallas. Oh, I loved that book. Absolutely fabulous reading. 🙂
my sister got my the dvd, haven’t seen it yet but I get so disappointed when I see films after I’ve read the book
Thanks for the wonderful trip. Love the contradictions like the spring snow, and cold summer – fitting for SF as I recall a very cold August walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. Well done!
Thanks so much, Frank. Glad you enjoyed. 🙂
I love that christmas tree! It’s so festive
Yes, it’s a real beauty, isn’t it? 🙂
Very nice pictures and a post very worthy of the challenge Sylvia. The weather doens’t really seem to be going along with the seasons these days. 🙂
Thanks, Adrian. We don’t seem to get much weather in Florida at the moment. It’s either windy or not windy. 🙂
Interesting photos showing weather in the world. Jesus in fog and cold? I never thought I would see that….Good idea and great entry! And your home looks so sunny and warm. We could need a bit of that up here now. Today we have 12 below zero, but sunny.
12 below zero is quite beyond my comprehension as I sit here in shorts, T-shirt and flip flops. 🙂 Hope you have lots of fuel for the fire, Ann Christine. 🙂
Hope you have been keeping well and surviving all the renovations! Lovely post as usual and all the differences in weather around the world – it certainly is very strange at the moment!
Take care and regards
Thanks so much, Gail, and great to hear from you. The granite people came yesterday, and it looks fantastic. The worst is over, but lots of finishing touches still to do. Have a great day. xx
You do have amazing pics ad 🙂
Thanks so much, Hopestar. They do seem to be never-ending. 🙂 Hugs
You get extra bonus points for the jacko lantern in the pic, lol!
Thanks, Marco. How many more points do I need for the round the world air ticket? 😀
Er um not so many? Mind you, the flight is on a broom stick. If you have Velcro pants we can cover the broom itself in Velcro so that you and kitty don’t fall off?
Hahaha. That sounds quite hair-raising. 🙂
Ooooh better organize a hat to keep your hair down and neat? Is pointy okay?
I’m not too fussy, but maybe a crash helmet would be safer. 🙂
One with a spyke on top, German-style?
If you insist. 🙂
With as german sausage impaled on it, bratwurst perhaps?
I would be gutted if I went to Rio and didn’t have a clear view from the hill. My one Christmas in the tropics felt really strange, but for half the world its normal, what a fascinating world we live in!
It was a bit disappointing, Gilly, but I think we just went on the wrong day. I do prefer a proper cold winter, but I’d better be careful what I wish for this year. 🙂
Lovely pics AD 😉
I would not mind seeing any of those places in any kind of weather 😉
Thanks, 68. Yes, when you’re on holiday, you are just so grateful to be there. 🙂
So many changing seasons, I got a bit confused now and again 😉
Haha. You and me both, TA. 🙂
After so many years away from the UK, you’d think I would be used to a hot Christmas, but no,I still hanker for the winter glow and twinkling lights 🙂
Yes, me too, Ruth. I’ll be getting that in New Jersey this Christmas. 🙂
And I am green with envy seeing you’ve been all over these places 🙂
What can I say? 🙂
When we visited San Fransisco a few years ago in July, we had to buy fleece jackets, it was so cold!
I wonder if it was the same year we were there, but it sounds as though they don’t have great summers there.
Many many thanks for your wonderful pictures!
You’re welcome Sydney. I’m so glad you enjoyed them. 🙂
Love it, AD! From Corcovado Mountain, to Beijin, SF, WY, … and from spring to winter. Well done for the changing seasons.
Thanks so much, Amy. 🙂
From my memories I will say Frisco is not one of the warmest places I ever visited.
I have been there when the weather was really nice, once. 🙂
I LOVE boiled peanuts. Don’t even get me started! What a great array of changing seasons.
I went to look up the Mark Twain quote about San Francisco: “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” In my search, I found it’s not proven that he actually ever said these words, although it’s commonly thought he did. I learn something new every day! I spent one Christmas in Florida, and two in Oman. Never again! I need cold weather to even remotely get into the holiday spirit. 🙂
Now you and Pam have got me craving boiled peanuts. I’ll have to try them if I see them on our drive up to New Jersey this month. That mark Twain quote is very funny, even if he didn’t say it. 😀 I agree with you that Christmas in a warm climate just doesn’t feel right.
You are so good at this.. as for Umhlanga in the winter.. best time to be there… warm sea, lovely sunshine and cool evenings, what more could one ask for…
I so agree with you. Looking forward to spending next winter there. 🙂
I haven’t actually tried either of them. What a great collection of pictures. So out of the ordinary, and fitting for every season. Nice Job, my friend.
Thanks so much, Marsha. 🙂
I remember summer being the coldest (foggiest) part of the year when I lived in San Francisco. I was used to it, but my mum complained about freezing when she came to visit. It seems to have something to do with the fog layer, much like what disappoints the summer tourists here.
I thought it was maybe just cold that summer, but obviously the storekeepers knew something I didn’t, and were prepared. 🙂
Wonderful series of photos Sylvia!
Thanks so much, Phil. 🙂
Interesting seasons. I was getting confused ;-).
Gorgeous pix, ad. Fog and all.
Jersey. Ugh. I’m still waiting for the insurance people to settle things. Whatever… 🙂
Thanks, Gemma. Hope you get your insurance payout soon.
But think of it ! You have a photo of the Christ the Redeemer like most people don’t have. With a mysterious nature and seemingly untouchable. Beautiful photos in this post.
This is very true, Emily. I actually love it. 🙂
Like Pam I love pork rinds but not the boiled peanuts 😕
Love pork rinds AND boiled peanuts! Great montage! I Have to ask….did Dingo the baby?!
I didn’t try the boiled peanuts, but those pork rinds didn’t last very long. 🙂 Not this Dingo….. he’s the sweetest dog ever.
Awwwww. I bet he is – he looks like a sweetly pie!