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Merry Christmas

“Poinsettia - A Closer Look”

A very Merry Christmas to my fellow bloggers. A true world wide community, where Christmas has arrived already for some and it’s Christmas Eve for others. Wherever in our world this finds you, I wish health and happiness to all.

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“Christmas Chrysanthemum”

“Christmas Chrysanthemum”

“This is the sacred secret of love. Love a person for their heart and only their heart, and you will be rewarded with the best unconditional love in return. If you ignore the heart and focus just on a person’s outer beauty, love will ignore you. Love a person for only the beauty found in their heart, and that beautiful heart will always be beautiful to you.”
― Suzy Kassem

Now that I’m on vacation for a few days, I decided to spend a bit of time in my studio and do some floral shots to brighten the early winter days leading to Christmas. It’s so nice to be able to buy floral bouquets locally in even the coldest weather (being careful to wrap them for the car ride). I deliberately chose a selection of red and white flowers, in keeping with a Christmas theme.

I must admit, I have a bit of a ‘thing’ for chrysanthemums and have had good success photographing them in the past. The white ones were a bit more challenging, since the brightness tends to wash out details and to underexpose them causes all the foliage to be too dark.

This image seems to be a good balance and captured the warm glow of the flowers nicely, I think.

Now I have a nice selection of birds and flowers to share over the next few days. I’m also only a few days away from my 2016 goal of posting a photo every single day. It’s been a lot of fun and has kept me looking for inspiration on even the dullest days.

Thanks to all who follow, like, comment, and engage with me on this quest, it’s a lot of fun and I continue to meet interesting and creative people from around the world here. My son recently asked me if I would continue this into 2017 and I don’t see a reason why not.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 130 mm
1 sec, f/25.0, ISO 200

Hi Resolution image on 500px

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“Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”

“Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming”

Es ist ein Ros entsprungen,
aus einer Wurzel zart,
wie uns die Alten sungen,
von Jesse war die Art
Und hat ein Blümlein bracht
mitten im kalten Winter,
wohl zu der halben Nacht.
– author Unknown

Today, a break from the birds and an image of a rose from a recently purchased bouquet. The image got one of my favourite Christmas carols rolling through my head. Growing up in a German household, the original words take me back to simpler times and my parents, sister, and grandmother. My parents and grandmother have all since passed away, leaving only memories.

The music is so familiar, yet the English version, by Theodore Baker (1894), now dominates my brain, until I look back on the German words and it all comes rushing back to me. I can almost smell the sweet fragrances of childhood at home and see the smiles of loved ones, now gone.

Lo, how a rose e’er blooming,
From tender stem hath sprung.
Of Jesse’s lineage coming,
As men of old have sung;
It came, a flow’ret bright,
Amid the cold of winter,
When half spent was the night.

So, I consider and share this image of a red winter rose, a flower my father could cultivate with ease, as a connection to faith, family, and the simple beauty that was and is Christmas season; a bright rose, that warms dark, cold days; whose fragrance reminds me of warm days in the garden, and symbolizes love for so many of us. As Christmas rapidly approaches, my wish is that all of us can keep an eye open for these small glimpses of beauty and calm, and feel a sense of peace throughout the holidays.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 130 mm
1 sec, f/25.0, ISO 200

Hi Resolution image on 500px

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“Frosted Spruce”

“Frosted Spruce”

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”
― W.B. Yeats

This image was made yesterday morning, during the walk I mentioned yesterday. A little trace of soft, indirect sunlight brightens up the tree, warming up a cold December morning.

I only made a few photos that day, though I was surrounded by a winter wonderland. That is something I have experienced a few other times. When I spot something different and wonderful the composition comes naturally. But, when I’m completely surrounded by wonderment it becomes difficult to chose just one or two subjects to photograph.

In this case, the spruce tree stood separate from other trees and was brightened by the unusual light and that is how this photo came about. Truth be known, I was looking for material suitable for this year’s Christmas cards. Several of the images, which I’ll share in the next few days were suitable, I think. A far cry from last year where there was not a trace of snow to be found.

Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @ 70 mm
1/200 sec, f/7.1, ISO 200

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“December Poinsettia”

“December Poinsettia”

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ”
― Norman Vincent Peale

I’m a few days late posting this. I meant to get it out for December first, but did not, since I was still saying goodbye to yellow and had not purchased a poinsettia for our home yet.

It’s a challenging plant to photograph, trying not to blow out the reds while pulling the details of the deep green leaves from the shadows. This one took me a few attempts but overall I’m pleased with the results.

And, of course, the poinsettia is a modern symbol for Christmas. Now that autumn is a fond memory, I look forward for future moments, with friends and family and the comfort that is Christmas in our home. First step taken, poinsettia is on the table as a centrepiece, let the next season begin.

Nikon D800
Nikor 24-70mm f/3.5-4.6 @ @ 45 mm
1.3 sec, f/25.0, ISO 200

Hi Resolution image on 500px

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