Friday, December 28, 2012

Year in Review & Gift for You!


It's been a wonderful year of blogging and I have enjoyed meeting so many creative artists, poets, writers and photographers in the blogosphere! I have learned a lot from you, by viewing your work, and your comments and support have been so valuable to me. As 2012 draws to a close, I would like to show you some of my and your favorite photographs of the year. Also, in appreciation of your readership, I would like to give one of you a print, matted with a frame, of one of your favorite photographs as a gift! To participate, please leave a comment on this post and let me know your favorite photograph. You may choose from the 12 photos here or any other you like from past posts. I will have a random drawing, and the winner will be announced in January 2013!
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Let's now go for a little trip down memory lane. Links to the original posts are included for your perusal. I have chosen one post from each month.
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January
Silver Lining
In January, I experimented with cloud reflections of a New York City skyscraper above.


February
 Roses Are Red
In February, I tried my first macro photo of a flower, a rose for Valentine's Day.



March
New York City Street Scene
In March, I showed you the softer side of New York City, in a Spring street scene.


April
Small Town USA
In April, I introduced you to my small town of Pleasantville, New York, with all its charm.


May
Painting With Words
In May, I shared with you one of my paintings from college and poem to go with it.


June
Candlelight
In June, I showed you my romantic side with candlelight and love haiku.


July
Colors of Summer
In July, I shared my most favorite summer colors.


August
Trail to Beach
In August, I shared with you photos and poems from our New England vacation.


 September
Crescent Moon
In September, I captured the moon and was inspired to write a poem.


October
Fall in Love
In October, I fell in love all over again with Fall and love itself.


November
And Now Snow!
In November, I tried out black and white photography as snow was falling.


December
Joy
In December, I posted many photos and poems of the holiday season, but the joyous celebration in nature was my favorite.
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Please leave a comment here, tell me your favorite photograph from these 12 or previous posts, and I look forward to announcing the winner in January 2013!
 Thank you all and Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

White Christmas


white Christmas snowflakes-
a pine tree shines in winter light;
time for togetherness


  snow falls in the woods;
a mantel of happiness
envelops my heart


frosted country road-
a pine tree stands tall
by calm blue waters


on a winter morning-
snow sprinkles bright cheer
from a generous sky


  sparkling reindeer-
gifts of peace and love
cover the earth


on Christmas day,
snow angels bring hope-
rejoicing in harmony
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What a Merry White Christmas it was today! It started snowing on Christmas Eve right before midnight, as we were heading to midnight Mass. This Christmas morning, we woke up to blue, sunny skies and snow-covered grass and pine trees. I took a wonderful walk by the lake and in the woods in the countryside of Connecticut. We spent a lovely Christmas with our family and great scenic views. Enjoy my photographs and haiku!

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Christmas in New York City


New York City is sparkling at Christmas time! Tonight, I took a stroll on Fifth Avenue to enjoy the beautiful holiday lights. The Empire State Building is lit up in gold and blue!


How about that gorgeous New York City sunset?


  Do you recognize this sparkly and bright star?


 It sits atop the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center!


The tree is surrounded by angels playing trumpets.


 Below the tree, tourists from around the world ice skate!


Colorful toy soldiers play trumpets, too.


Oh so sweet ... all I want for Christmas is chocolate.


 On Park Avenue, more lights brighten the sky.


 What a delightful stroll. Time to catch the train back home!
Enjoy and have a lovely weekend!
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Wishing all my wonderful readers a joyous holiday season, full of love and hope.
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Joy


What a beautiful December day--sunny and warm and colored with the Christmas spirit! My hometown, Pleasantville, New York, is looking very festive. I went for a little stroll today to enjoy the nice weather and take some photographs of Christmas colors. What is it about green and red that makes everything look so joyful? Our street lamps are decorated with fresh wreaths and red bows. Ribbons are undulating in the breeze. 


There is something magic about poinsettas and Christmas trees together.
The brightness, the shine, the glitter and gold. Pure joy. 


Wreaths are wonderful and easy to decorate.
All you need is a fresh wreath, cones, ornaments, a bow, and imagination.


This window display is reminiscent of childhood, isn't it?
The innocence and playfulness.


The sky was just gorgeous today, decorated by nature's colors.
Enjoy my small town charm!

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Hope


on a wintry day,
summer blooms in my heart-
the radiance of hope


Can you tell what this image is in black and white and gradually revealed in color?


It's a red geranium that bloomed this week! I have a flower pot in my home next to a sunny spot by the window, and suddenly geraniums started to bloom again. It's been unusually warm, like an Indian summer, so this lovely flower wants to keep on giving. It's so heart-warming to have a little bit more of summer, before it starts to get really cold! December is going to be an exciting month, with lots of inspirational and holiday season related posts on my blog. Please join me as we celebrate a wonderful new season! 

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