It is no secret that Christmas is the one and only holiday for which I go ALL OUT. When early December rolls around, the boxes come out of the attic and it is on. 🙂
The goal each year is to look at what we have with fresh eyes (try it – it’s like shopping your own stuff) and rarely do items end up in the same location from year to year (‘cuz that would be boring now wouldn’t it? 😉 )
Don’t believe me? Well, you can check out the 2010 and 2011 line-ups to see what I’m talking about. If I do say so myself, I think I just may have out-done myself this year. So, grab a glass of eggnog and turn up your favorite holiday music (Trans Siberian Orchestra is playing here) and enjoy the tour! 🙂
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Amidst all the Christmas preparations, we shouldn’t forget there’s a whole lotta people who celebrate a completely different set of traditions this time of year.
"Star of Wonder" (Star of David) Nikon D300, 62mm, F/8, 1/320s, -0.3EV, ISO 200, Built-in Slow Sync Flash, -1.0EV
Therefore, on this (chilly) first night of the Festival of Lights, I wish those who do, a Happy and Blessed Hanukkah!
Who knew the garden task of pulling weeds would lead to today’s photo?
Some rather tall and slender plants were growing amongst my daylilies so I began to pull them. While doing so, I noticed the very pretty (and ever-so-tiny) star-shaped flowers and apricot buds eminating out from the center stem.
A quick google search revealed that the “weed” is a actually a native wildflower called ‘Whorled Loosestrife’, which came as little surprise since it closely resembles the perennial ‘Yellow Loosestrife’ I have planted about 10 yards away.
“Budding Star” (Whorled Loosestrife) Nikon D300, 550mm (400mm w/1.4x teleconverter), F/16, 1/50s, -1.0EV, ISO 640, SB900 TTL flash w/Gary Fong Lightsphere Cloud, -1.0EV
So, rather than pulling them all, I simply thinned what was interfering with the daylilies and left the others to continue to thrive as Mother Nature intended.