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[24] Turn! Turn! Turn!

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[24] Turn! Turn! Turn! – A Pictorial Blog of a Year.

Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season) is a song written by Pete Seeger in the late 1950s. The lyrics, except for the title, which is repeated throughout the song and the final two lines, are adapted word-for-word from the English version of the Book of Ecclesiastes. The song was originally released in 1962 as To Everything There Is a Season. It became an international hit in late 1965 when it was adapted by the American folk rock group the Byrds.

The words come the King James Version of the Bible Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, though the sequence of the words was rearranged for the song. Ecclesiastes is traditionally ascribed to King Solomon in the 10th Century BC, but it is believed by a significant group of biblical scholars to date much later, up to the third century BC

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

The lines of the Biblical text are open to many interpretations, but Seeger’s song presents them as a plea for world peace because of the closing line: “a time for peace, I swear it’s not too late.” This line and the title phrase “Turn! Turn! Turn!” are the only parts of the lyric written by Seeger himself. The song is notable for being one of a few instances in popular music in which a large portion of the Bible is set to music.

Well, this blog is about the cycle of seasons WinterSpringSummerAutumn – and back to Winter again.

I planned to take pictures from exactly the same positions once a week over the year. I missed a few weeks and at times of rapid change I took pictures more often but here they are – not quite in chronological order.

There are four sets of pictures and each set starts at the beginning of January and goes on to the end of December – so you may spot where they flip from 2017 to 2016.

Sycamore

I see this tree every day. It’s a sycamore just over thirty years old. Every few years it is pollarded.

Almond

This tree is a bit older. You can see its impressive blossom in the spring.

Pittville Trees

This group of six trees have been planted on the last year or two.

Pittville Lake

Pittville Park has a bridge over one of its lakes conveniently placed so that I could use is centre as a fixed point. As for the other pictures you can see that differences are due as much to the weather as to seasonal changes.

The Wheel of Time

I did consider a quotation from the Wheel of Time about the cycle of life but I used this for one about textures and patterns.

 

Author: Alan

Retired, currently living in Cheltenham.

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