Umbrellas in winter? Balaclavas in July? Show us what “off-season” means to you.

Photo by Krista (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Last September, I visited the beautiful state of Utah in the United States. The mountainous terrain is a veritable paradise for bikers, hikers, skiers, and all types of outdoor enthusiasts.

One morning, we enjoyed breakfast at Solitude — a ski resort — as puffy white clouds floated over the still-green ski slopes. There were only a few people around, random hikers like us, enjoying the mountain in relative — ahem — solitude well before winter snows transformed the mountain into a skier’s dream.

Photo by  Krista (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Photo by Krista (CC BY-SA 2.0)

This week, we challenge you to show us what off-season means to you. It could be the shuttered ice-cream stand in the Southern Hemisphere where winter is drawing near. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere it might your snowmobile peeking out from beneath its tarp, or your Christmas decorations arranged neatly in the attic. Feel free to interpret this theme loosely — consider objects at rest and unmoved, places that are stagnant or abandoned.

Can’t wait to see how you interpret this challenge!

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  1. This is an off-season view of Santo Domingo Street in Pamplona, Spain. Snapped in early September, it was almost deserted.

    It’s on this street where the tradition of running of the bulls starts and makes its way to the Plaza de Toros. Next month, tourists and revelers alike will invade Pamplona to watch or participate in the annual spectacle immortalized by Ernest Hemingway in his novel, The Sun Also Rises.

    The running of the bulls called encierro coincides with the 9-day festival honoring the city’s patron saint, San Fermín, starting July 6th and ending July 14th. It’s complete with fireworks, music, dances, parade, bullfighting, and religious ceremonies.

    When everything is over and done, it must be with a sigh of relief that the local residents could reclaim their city back.

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  2. We did off-season travel from Pa to Fla and back, participating in Florida’s great “drive out” (need to remove rental cars from Fla). We saw swans on eggs protected by ganders, an about to bloom corpse flower, St. Augustine Beach, and the Pisgah Mountains, among other things. Three posts are @ and and


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