Everybody talks about the changing seasons with eager anticipation, but have you ever wondered about the colour of the sky, the quality of the light, a carpet of blossoms, leaves, or snow, which can transform a moody landscape into a paradise.
We decided to capture this magic in a series of images showing the same location across the four seasons. To do this we chose eight places that change dramatically under the influence of spring, summer, autumn, and winter and then added some digital sparkle to show just how many worlds dwell in a single landscape.
1. Stone Chariot at the Vittala Temple (Karnataka, India)
Hampi, once the capital of the Vijayanagar Empire, still boasts the proud ruins of the temples and working spaces of its people. Perhaps the finest example is the shrine to Garuda (the eagle god) at Vittala Temple: a stone chariot representing the vehicle of the Hindu god, Vishnu. The chariot always looks dramatic, whether it hurtles through the shimmering shadows of the humid months or the dark and heavy skies of the monsoon period.
2. Bethesda Terrace (New York, USA)
You may think of New York as back-to-back buildings and hustle, and that’s certainly part of the appeal for New Yorkers and visitors alike. But little oases of calm offer a moment to catch your breath and appreciate the transience of daily life and the seasons.
3. Nymphenburg Palace (Munich, Germany)
Built starting in 1664 as a summer palace for the Wittelsbach dynasty, the warmer months remain the best time to visit if you want to see inside. But outdoors you’ll find a stunningly different picture at any time of year, since the palace is set in extensive parklands and gardens (created by a pupil of André Le Nôtre, the landscape architect of Versaille) and even has its own canal system.
4. The Chapel at King’s College, University of Aberdeen (Scotland, UK)
Emblematic of Aberdeen University, the Chapel at King’s College has weathered the seasons since the year 1495. In fact, this area of Northeast Scotland gets some of the best of British weather, being the sunniest city in the UK, enjoying mild and enchanting autumns and winters, and northerly enough to never get fully dark at night during the summer.
5. Elqui Valley Vineyards (Chile)
The ideal time to see the Elqui Valley in motion is between February and May, the dry, hot months when grapes are harvested to produce the regional brandy, pisco. But any time of year is striking in this region, since the vineyards offer a changing stroke of colour against the greys, browns, and snow-whites – during winter – of the mountains beyond.
6. Shaman Rock (Olkhon Island, Russia)
Olkhon Island in Lake Baikal in the Irkutsk province of east-central Russia is a sacred place to the Buryat people and is one of five global poles of shamanic energy. The island is spotted with holy places, making it a common pilgrimage for shamans from across Russia. Shamanka, or the Shaman’s Rock, is the most sacred and most beautiful, where the ancient leader of the isle is said to dwell.
7. Roman Amphitheatre (Plovdiv, Bulgaria)
This 2nd-century AD amphitheatre in Europe’s longest continuously-inhabited city has witnessed many a dramatic, thundery Bulgarian summer and long, frosty autumns.
8. Mount Warning National Park (New South Wales, Australia)
Of cultural importance to the Aboriginal Bundjalung people, the extinct volcano of Mount Warning is situated in a dramatically natural region. Beaches and subtropical rainforests make homes for flowers, entertainingly-named birds (wompoo pigeon, rufous scrub-bird, marbled frogmouth), as well as kangaroos and their macropod cousins.
The seasons shape the way we experience the world around us, offering promise, reflection, and acceptance of the transience of life through their aesthetic patterns and surprises. How do the changing seasons affect the way you feel in your own home town?
SOURCE: Budget Direct Travel Insurance