I’ve been thinking about doing something like this for some time, find a spot in the woods and take a picture there every month around the same time. This will allow watching the seasons change here. Of course, snow is so rare in these parts, I reserve the right to ignore the once a month rule to capture it if it happens. Looking southwest at the corner of Mr. Fletcher’s Ride and an unnamed path about 1/2 miles in from our usual entry point into Hitchcock Woods.
October 2005 - Not much different from a month ago and this is the final photo from this series. I think I try one more in 2006 from a different spot. We have from now until January to pick just the right spot. (10/29/2005) September 2005 - From yesterday morning's hike. The leaves are falling in my front yard, but here in the woods it doesn't seem to be happening yet. (09/24/2005) July/August 2005 - Although we have quite a bit of warm weather left to come our way, it has finally cooled enough so that mornings will let us go for a hike in the woods again, so for the first time in a couple months we did. This picture is very similar to June's shot except for the angle of the sun, so we are going to call this July and August's photo and will try and get back for a September one later this month. (09/04/2005) June 2005 - The last couple of months this image has been pretty static and I'm sure it will be that way for the next couple of months too. (06/25/2005) May 2005 - We went walking a little later in the day today, around 9:30 - 10 AM, because we have had an unseasonably cool weekend and sleeping in late on a Sunday is a good thing. That accounts for the different lighting making the trees appear much greener than April's picture. (05/22/2005) April 2005 - Three weeks since our last visit and spring has sprung inside the woods. We stumbled on a couple of clusters of wild azaleas that were blooming while we walked. The dogwoods were still mostly in bloom and if you look down the trail to the right you can see one. (04/17/2005) March 2005 - Outside the woods, spring is in its early stages, but inside it is just starting. The dogwood outside my window at home is in full bloom, while the one that the passed on this morning's walk was just starting to flower. I picked this corner in the fall when it was colorful, but there isn't any thing that will flower heralding spring, so I need to find a different spot that will be more colorful at this time of year for my next yearlong photo essay. (03/26/2005) February 2005 - This picture looks pretty much like the last two months photos. I bet next month's will show some change, because spring will be cranking up by then. (02/19/2005) January 2005 - I took the picture turned a little further to the right than the previous two. I've got to remember to glance at the pics I've already posted so I can get lined up right. (01/16/2005) December 2004 - A lot less leaves on the trees than just a month ago. It was also a cloudy day compared to last month's sunny one, so the leaves on the ground look a different color than in November's shot. (12/20/2004) November 2004 - Autumn has reached Aiken. I would say our leaves are just past their peak, they are certainly falling off the oaks and hickories in my front yard. (11/20/2004)