first sightings of early spring growth in the woods
the silky silver of pussywillows
wild salmonberry blossoms in fragile shades of pink
Using the seasons in your story can contribute to the setting. Just as the mood of a scene can be enhanced with a blinding snowstorm or the oppressive heat of a summer day, there’s a subtle psychology at play during different seasons. Think of the romance of a winter fireside tryst, a lazy summer sand and sea vacation, a rowdy autumn football game, or exhilaration at the springtime arrival of a foal or lamb.
If you’ve watched television dramas you’ll have seen the seasons playing an integral part. Horror scenes are rarely played out on a bright summer day!
Have you ever added atmosphere or momentum to a story by deliberately incorporating a seasonal setting?
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Note: “The date of the first salmonberry blooms depends on winter temperatures… The timing of salmonberry flowering is linked to the timing of other natural phenomena; for example, the return of the rufous hummingbird coincides with the availability of salmonberry flowers’ nectar.” [Clayoquot Biosphere Trust]
My hubby found the salmonberry blossoms and brought them to me on Saturday. The first hummingbird of the season arrived here Sunday. Coincidence, or just another of God’s many miracles of creation?
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