Recently I’ve realized something.  If you’d asked me what was my favorite time of year in Thailand I would have said from mid-December through the end of February.  And indeed these are the coolest most comfortable months.  What I realized, is that Thailand being so hot and humid most of the year, when we get a few cool months I just naturally assumed they were my favorite months.

 

Recently I’ve realized something.  If you’d asked me what was my favorite time of year in Thailand I would have said from mid-December through the end of February.  And indeed these are the coolest most comfortable months.  What I realized, is that Thailand being so hot and humid most of the year, when we get a few cool months I just naturally assumed they were my favorite months.

Canon 5d Mark II, -70-200mm F2.8L IS  USM  @F8  1/640th  200mm  ISO 100

I was wrong.  There is much more to your quality of life than the reading on a thermometer.  Looking back through my archives and doing a bit of filtering, I noticed the winter months were my least active photographically.  In other words, I used my camera the least during the winter months.

This happens for several reasons.  First, despite it being the cool season, it’s also my slow season for workshops.  I’ve yet to figure that one out.  Would you believe my highest months for workshops are the April/May/June months when it’s the hottest and most humid?  These are the months where I work the most.

But primarily, I don’t pick up my camera during the winter months because I’m not inspired.  The skies are grayish and bland, fields are empty, and I find very little to inspire my creative side.

So when am I the most active?  By 5:1 I’m more active during monsoon season than the next closest season.  It’s during monsoon season when the winds clean the skies of the gray and dirty pollution, and in the next instant fill with heavy dark thunderclouds, often followed by breaks in the clouds which let streaks of sunlight and even rainbows filter through.

Monsoon season is when the fields of rice are at their fullest, when the rain forests are most green and brimming with life, and most of all when the weather isn’t predictable.  You never know what the day will bring.  I often find myself heading out to a certain location just to be there when the weather changes.  In contrast the weather hardly changes at all from mid-December through the end of February. 

I still enjoy the winters because I can walk around all day and be comfortable, but I very much am looking forward to the next monsoon season because this is when I’ll pick up my camera the most.  How about you, what seasons inspire you the most?

Until next time..