One Magical Morning

On Sunday morning, the trees looked like this:

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We had had freezing rain the day before, and the angle of the sun was lighting up the thousands of tiny frozen drops.  I hadn’t even noticed at first, having had my coffee and done some marking for school.  Then, when I was doing dishes, I looked out the window and it was simply magical.  I immediately dried my hands and grabbed my camera.

The trees were glistening in the light, but the first few shots I made didn’t truly capture how gorgeous they were.  After a few sharply focused shots, I decided to try something a little different.

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These photos better captured the feeling of the moment.  It was truly magical.

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Water on My Window

While washing dishes, I noticed the way the sunlight glistened off the melting frost on the window.

The dishes could wait.

I grabbed my camera and while the dishwater cooled, I captured the light.  Playing around with the focus and the aperture settings, I was able to create an abstract composition of a few drops of water.

Even the tiniest detail can become the subject of a photograph.

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I Heart Christmas

After a busy few weeks, I finally took my camera out to capture the Christmas decorations around the house.  It is a fun time to use my Lensbaby, and normally it’s the lights on the tree that work best with the creative aperture kit.  When I aimed my camera at this pompom tree, though, I got a pleasant surprise.

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It’s Beginning to Feel a lot like Christmas…

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With the snow outside (that we’ve had since the beginning of November, mind), the front porch decorated, and an array of ornaments scattered throughout the house, it’s beginning to feel like Christmas around here.

With the stress of gift buying (particularly when the gifts on the lists are impossible to get) – not to mention the madness in the stores and the harried traffic –  it is sometimes easy to forget what this season is all about.

But when I see the excitement in our children as December 25 nears, I am reminded of the true gifts that we have in our lives and it becomes easy to see what Christmas is all about:  Sharing this time with the people we love best.

A Pretty Accident

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I was having a clumsy day. It seemed like everything I picked up, I dropped.

Including this glitter.

I was picking up my daughter’s craft supplies and accidentally spilled her glitter all over the kitchen floor. My first reaction was to swear. But while I stood there wondering whether to get down and pick up the pieces or simply sweep them away, I noticed how the sun lit up the colours like a kaleidoscope.

So I grabbed my camera. Then I cleaned.

Little Circles of Light

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I love bokeh.

Here, amber and gold glitter in the background of the frosted grass. From far, this part of my yard is a mess of weeds and unsuccessful vegetables. Up close, it is a landscape of endless photo possibilities.

With my camera in the general direction of the sun, I was able to capture these pretty little circles of light.