Celebrate the Seasons: February

I have been lax at documenting my seasonal project here, but rest assured - it is still happening! Here is a little catch-up on the month of February.

As I wrote last month, my goals for each month are to photograph what the days look like, write and draw in my journal, read a book that pertains to the season, make a seasonal recipe, go on an outing, make a craft, and create a tradition with my kids.

February tends to be one of the coldest months of the year here, but luckily it is a short month which is broken up by Valentines Day and winter break from school, which makes it fly by. It’s also when I start to get little glimpses of spring ahead: paperwhite bulbs inside begin to bloom, and tiny buds begin appearing on bushes.

We did get some snow and a cancelled day of school, but the sun began shining a bit brighter and the days started to lengthen.

A look at my journal from February:

What February looked like around Long Island:

For this month’s outing, we went to Garvies Point Preserve and did a birdwatching tour.

We also went up to Copake for a few days, where there was still a lot of snow!

For this month’s craft I made some simple Valentine’s decorations: Some red pom pom garlands and a vase filled with red hearts.

For this month’s recipe, I made a lemon pasta (no picture!) with in-season citrus.

I read “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” by Barbara Kingsolver and began to get excited about the prospect of growing vegetables again, and participating in our CSA share in June.

And finally, our February tradition is getting up early on Groundhog Day and watching Punxsutawney Phil on livestream. It’s more than a little hokey, but the kids like it, and it does get us excited for spring - especially on years like this one where he doesn’t see his shadow!

Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle... a seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to the light, a bud straining to unfurl. And the anticipation nurtures our dream.
— Barbara Winkler

Francesca Russell is a documentary-style family photographer and filmmaker located in Garden City South, NY. If you'd like to see more of her recent documentary family photography, head over to her Facebook page or follow her everyday adventures on Instagram. If you are looking for a family photographer or lifestyle videographer on Long Island or in the New York City area to document your family, small business or event, please contact her for more information.