Tuesday, December 9, 2014

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

Every year I wish to take a few pictures that truly capture the spirit of Christmas. And so far, I've failed.  It's a difficult goal because Christmas isn't about things - gifts, decorations, parades, or lights - it's about the feelings of promise and hope we experience when we share in holiday traditons.

While I wait for that one special picture that celebrates this season, I'll continue to seek the pictures that have meaning for me and my family.

The beautiful pine bough hanging along the barn door at Belmont, home of artist Gari Melcher.

The santa smiling out from the window of a local antique mall.

The simple bottle brush trees in tarnished silver creamers that usher the season in softly, with a whisper.


Wishing you a merry and bright Christmas,  Donna

I'm linking up with Kim Klassen for Texture Tuesday.  I used Kim's texture, awaken, one layer blended on soft light and a second layer on color burn to add just a little "pop."

25 comments:

  1. Each is just perfect Donna, I am assuming you used your Fuji for these as you were out and about? Love the focus. Those cute little trees in the antique cream and pitcher is just so awesome.

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  2. Ho ho ho!! Oh sorry, I had to say that for Santa. Love, love the wreath and that door color! So cute to put the trees in the little serving pieces (I finally found some to order). Yes, also wondering if you used your Fuji.

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  3. I think these capture that essence of the christmas spirit...simple but sincere...

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  4. Each image here has captured the Christmas spirit for me! Love each of them. Merry Christmas!

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  5. All beautiful captures! LOVE the tarnished creamers!

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  6. You have found some beautiful Christmas "things" - I love the pine bough with those wonderful bells. Oh, and the color of the door! Just stunning! This actually make me feel Christmas-sy. I don't really feel much Christmas spirit yet...

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  7. I love the vintage feel of Christmas you've captured! Beautiful!

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  8. You just have the magic touch, Donna! I'm in love with every photo.

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  9. All of us try to find the "real meaning of Christmas," either in our daily lives during the Advent season, or baking for neighbors, or writing a holiday short story, or taking pictures. The meaning is in all of the things you photograph, at Christmas time and the rest of the year. Art is making meaning out of what we feel. I don't know if you will ever find that perfect photo, or I will write the classic holiday story, but the cumulative effect of pictures and words over the years keeps us in the spirit. We don't have to go out and find it. It's already there.

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  10. That Santa is absolutely adorable! The evergreen spray is lovely, too. Yes, I know what you mean ... the elusive, just perfect Christmas photo. Well, maybe it's best we don't quite get there. It gives us something to pursue.

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  11. Such a beautiful set of images! Love the set of creamers with trees - such a cool idea.

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  12. Oh, how lovely...I especially like the tarnished silver creamers! Donna, I still can't believe you're just down the road from me - I'm waving hello to you from Dumfries. :)

    I'm wishing you and your family a very wonderful Christmas!

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  13. I love your tryptich Donna!, each photo conveys the spirit of Christmas,
    Christmas is a celebration so full of symbols... we're so conditionned by some of them... my super favorite picture is the pine bough with the tartan ribbon and jingle bells on the green door, this is the picture which evokes the most natural and simple christmas spirit...

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  14. Your photos are all so festive and pretty, Donna, and they make a lovely collage. :)
    If I had to choose the one image that say Christmas to me the most, I'd say it's the one of the pine branches with the cheerful jingle bells. :) I guess that for me it's not really Christmas without a Presepe (Nativity Scene).
    Thank you for your sweet words at my blog, you sure made my day. :)
    Wishing you and yours a lovely Holiday Season.

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  15. Beautiful images , I love the pine bough so much with the jingle bells.....so lovely !

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  16. All the images are beautiful but I especially love the creamers with the trees....so sweet and subtle for just the right spot to say Merry Christmas.....

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  17. Beautiful. The trees in the tarnished silver creamers are my favorite.

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  18. Beautiful series, my favorite too is the creamers.

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  19. Love the shots and like others, I think the silver creamers are wonderful! (I saw some at an antique shop the other day for a song and now wish that I had picked them up!)

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  20. Love what you did with the bottle brush trees. Have a blessed Christmas.

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  21. Beautiful photos and edits, Donna! Merry Christmas early!

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  22. Love the little bottle brush trees in the creamer/sugar pitchers.

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  23. Love these, Donna, and you're right, it is hard to capture the season - but it's fun to keep trying! Blessings!

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  24. Bottle brush trees in sugar and creamers!!! I can not wait to do this! Love all of your inspiration!

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  25. These are perfect! Merry Christmas!!

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