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“2010 Candles” (Fireworks at Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom Theme Park) Nikon D300, 52mm, F/8, 1/10s, ISO 1000

I wish you good health
So you spend each day in comfort.

I wish you love of friends and family…
So you know you are never alone.

I wish you the beauty of nature…
So you appreciate the wonders around you.

I wish you wisdom to choose priorities…
So you enjoy the things that matter most.

I wish you prosperity
So you are able to care for yourself.

I wish you generosity 
So you share all good things that come to you.

I wish you happiness
So you find peace within your heart.

Most of all, I wish you the best of 2011…

♥♥♥ HAPPY NEW YEAR ! ♥♥♥

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The first major Nor’easter of the season arrived last night and raged on into today, ending around mid-day. Now according to meteorologists, the storm didn’t quite reach ‘blizzard status’ in our city but still managed to deliver a significant amount of the white stuff along with major wind gusts that knocked out power and caused other problems in many areas. Luckily, we have no issues to report other than the normal woes that come along with such a storm. 

Earlier today I forced myself outside into the howling winds to snap some photos before gettin’ down to the business of snow removal (the things I do for this blog… 😉 )

Snow House 2010

Nikon D300, 18mm, F/9, 1/320s, ISO 200

I soon learned it was heavy, wet snow, the kind that weighs down all the branches. Good for snowballs, bad for shoveling!

Backyard December 2010

Nikon D300, 36mm, F/8, 1/250s, +0.7EV, ISO 400

A snowblower (and a man to run it) is a good thing to have… 😉

Snowblower Man

Nikon D300, 50mm, F/9, 1/320s, ISO 200

While the Audi sits snug in the garage (see first photo), the Jeep bears the brunt of the storm. No worries… my girl can take it! 🙂

Snow Jeep

Nikon D300, 26mm, F/8, 1/250s, +0.7EV, ISO 200, Nik Color Efex Pro B&W Filter

The studio took a snow day…

Milkay Photography

Nikon D300, 75mm, F/6.3, 1/160s, ISO 1EV under 200

I do have to admit it does make everyday things look oh-so-pretty!

Snow Chalet

“Snow Chalet” (Snow-covered Birdhouse) Nikon D300, 120mm, F/6.3, 1/160s, +0.3EV, ISO 200

Neither Rain Nor Snow

“Neither Rain Nor Snow” (Snow-covered Mailbox) Nikon D300, 82mm, F/6.3, 1/160s, +0.3EV, ISO 200

Frosty

“Frosty” (Snow-covered Holiday Wreath) Nikon D300, 82mm, F/5, 1/60s, +0.7EV, IS0 200

Okay, I’ve had enough and my fingers are frozen. Definitely time for a steaming cup of cocoa! 🙂

Yeah, you could say I decorate for Christmas. 😉

There’s just something about the twinkling lights and the ornaments and the candles and the nostalgia that gets me every time. And even though I utilize the same decorations each year (well, perhaps with a few new things thrown in from time to time as well as a few items retired), rarely is anything placed in the exact same location from one year to the next. I find this challenges both my creativity (and my sanity) but keeps things fresh and new for us each season. The biggest and most difficult change this year was the switch over to almost all (say, 95%?) warm LED lights. Good for us and good for the environment! 🙂

So, shake off the cold and enjoy this tour of just a few of the areas of our home all decked out for the holidays. Feliz Navidad! 🙂

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May the warmth of Christmas fill your hearts with joy, happiness and peace!

"Home for the Holidays" (Christmas House, Night) Nikon D300, 18mm, F/7.1, 4s, ISO 640, Vignette Blur

A very, MERRY CHRISTMAS to all! 🙂

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