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Choices, it’s all about choices

Sometimes I like to play with my photography but that usually ends with me having to make choices. It’s hard to decide which few photos (of many shot) to spend time editing.

Then a choice has to be made about how to use the final photo. Will one become a print? On regular paper? On canvas? Metal? Wood? Some other medium or a product like a mug or coaster or something? And if so, what? Or will it or another version be used for social media banners or a blog post highlight?

I went to the local Dollar Store today and bought a single, large Christmas ornament to play with. I roamed around the yard hanging the ornament from the branches of a blue spruce, a regular spruce, a lilac tree devoid of leaves, set among the branches of a burning bush – you get the idea. I put it anywhere I thought I could make it look interesting.

I narrowed my selection down to a few of the forty images that I shot and played with them. Now it’s down to the final ones and I need help. Have a look at the images below and let me know which one you like the best. It would really help if you could tell me WHY you made the choice you did; but if not, that’s ok. Also, any suggestions you might have about an end-use for your chosen image would be helpful too. Just leave a comment for this post with your photo selection and anything else you’d care to say!

To encourage participation, I’m offering a random surprise prize to be drawn on Friday evening from among the respondents to my ‘quiz’ – so get your answers in to have a chance to win something!

And, here are the contestants in the Choices line-up!

#1 Red and White Christmas ball


#2 Red and White Christmas ball


#3 Red and White Christmas ball


#4 Red and White Christmas ball


#5 Red and White Christmas ball

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Why now?

Chickadee_webOne week from today it will be Christmas Day. It is the time of year when, regardless of one’s religious affiliations, we celebrate friends, family, relationships and peace on earth. On that night, with Christmas tree lights twinkling and carols playing on the stereo or being sung, we all try to pause, breathe deeply and utter a sigh of contentment that all is right with the world.

Or, is it? For far too many people and families, the added stress of having to appear “bright and cheery” to all and sundry is a brutal burden to bear. These are the people who have lost loved ones and no longer have them to share the season with. Or people who are struggling with their own or a family member’s or friend’s illness or other problem. For them the word “Merry” hardly applies.

With the news pouring in from around the world about the latest tragedy, catastrophe (man made or natural), war, economic woes and other strife, it makes one feel guilty to be living that ‘good’ life with decent health, family and good friends.

And yet, this is the season of hope and joy. Like the little black capped chickadee, my home province’s official bird, we have to adapt to the climate we’re given, fluff up our insulating downy feathers, and be strong. We can work together, like a flock of these industrious wee birds, and share our strength and caring with those who need it.

So yes, it will be indeed a Merry Christmas.


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‘Tis the season – for remembering

I lost a good friend and talented craftsperson earlier this year. There wasn’t a lot that Fran (Simmonds) turned her hand to that she couldn’t do. Among her many artistic endeavours she turned eggshells into works of art. This egg, with its wee horse with saddle and bridle on it, hangs on my Christmas tree each year – a gentle reminder of someone who touched my life in so many ways.

Some people’s trees are beautifully decorated with carefully chosen matching ornaments and accessories. In their own way, they are works of art too. But my tree is an eclectic collection of assorted, and definitely NOT coordinated, ornaments and trinkets, each one bringing its own story to my Christmases each year – reminders of people, places and events in my life that have shaped, prodded and pushed my choices toward the person I am still becoming.

What kind of memory tree do you have? Let me know. And have a Merry Christmas this and every year!

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Another frosty morning – but no snowman of the same name

It IS that time of year, of course. We should expect steps to be slippery, coated in frost, and noses, fingers and toes to feel the nip in the air. But surprisingly it is staying relatively warm for the near-end of November.

I have friends whose homes already sport signs of the season to come: Christmas lights adorn their roofs (even if not turned on just yet) and ribbons, wreaths and decorations have already been strategically placed over doors, on mantles and throughout the house.

Me? Not so much. One pitiful string of lights is draped over the railing by the front door – more to illuminate those slippery steps than to herald the arrival of “the season”. Most of my thoughts have failed to turn to frantic shopping for gifts or even writing out this year’s cards. How awful is that?

Instead, I watch sunrises with my dog, Hoover, and continue to enjoy the vestiges of autumn while they last.

How about you? Has the Christmas spirit struck yet?

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Let the magic begin


The Christmas season is upon us and, for those who enjoy the annual festivities, decorations and lights, here in Sussex the kickoff is Goold’s Flowers annual decorating event. Floral designer (and someday stand-up comedian) Pam Goold dazzles the packed house with her gorgeous creations – while inspiring even the least ‘crafty’ of us to give it a try. Telling us “it’s easy”, and offering advice about where to buy the supplies (not just at their shop), as well as which projects may be kid-friendly, Pam exhorts us all to grab a glue gun and go for it. Here are a few of her 2012 creations. Enjoy!

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