Freezing mist

Inspired by Frank at Dutch goes the Photo: Mist

Three years ago tomorrow my husband and I closed on the condo we are living in now. A long awaited moment…after years of planning, downsizing and exhausting work.

That morning the air temperature was 2° F – so brutally cold that I was afraid my car wouldn’t start, as it was parked outside. The gusty wind making it worse.

If my car didn’t start, how would I get to the closing?

At the time we were renting a condo across the street from the Atlantic Ocean in Hampton Beach, NH. I was up early enough that morning to catch this view out the window. I stepped out (briefly!) on the tiny deck to capture this shot…

Ocean mist (perhaps a “freezing mist”) like I had never seen before.

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8:23 am
December 16, 2016
Hampton Beach, NH

It never warmed up past 10° or 12° that day…but much to my relief, the car reluctantly started.

Holiday glow

Inspired by Frank at Dutch goes the Photo: Glow

…There are many choices, so feel free to push the boundaries and shoot for that glowing review!

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I wasn’t sure what to expect last night when I went to a local Festival of Trees fundraiser. I had not attended one of these events before, but I grabbed my camera – knowing there would be something glowing. Christmas trees, right?

What I found was the town hall filled with 52 fully decorated lit up Christmas trees – all being bid on in a silent auction format. Add your name to the list with a bid higher than the person before you. Highest bidder buys the tree. All proceeds went to a local nonprofit benefitting children in need.

The trees were decorated and donated by local community groups and businesses. Townspeople of all ages were in attendance checking out the trees. And, yes, taking pictures as well.

Needless to say, overhead lighting was minimal – to showcase the beautiful trees of course – and as a result many of my shots were not sharply focused. Or…I will more kindly describe them as soft focus.

However!

I did spot a glowing tree topper:

tree topper

 

But my favorite glowing example was this…well…bride tree? I wish I had made a note of who came up with this rather creative way to trim a tree.

I don’t imagine it was one of the churches.
However, anything is possible…

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…and it does give “The glowing bride” new meaning.

Peaceful place

Inspired by Frank at Dutch goes the Photo: Peace

…share posts that evoke the sense of peace for you, in whatever form that might take.

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Several months ago, I discovered a small clearing in the woods in back of my condo building…which I often gravitate to when I am out for a walk.

Even though I can still hear the roar of the traffic from the nearby highway, it is my peaceful place. I often wish there was a place to sit.

Perhaps the coincidence traces back decades to when I used to spend afternoons out exploring the wooded area down the street with my friend Kathleen. Gathering rocks and leaves and the odd rusty nail in an old bucket. Or – alone – perched in a tree in my front yard, hidden from the world…as deep in thought as a 9 year old can be. I always felt a sense of belonging…and a sense of lightness being in the out-of-doors.

Although now there is no tree climbing…

…that sense of belonging continues.

 

Fantasy world of color

Inspired by Frank at Dutch goes the Photo: Fantasy

Your challenge is to use the theme of Fantasy and take it into your choice of creative directions; be it an image of your fantasy location, a fantasy that is in your mind, or whatever speaks fantasy to you!

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Does anyone remember watching the Walt Disney show on television…with the tagline “The Wonderful World of Color?”

Walt Disney’s “Wonderful World of Color” was one of my favorite programs when I was growing up. First only in black & white…and when I was 11…finally in color. When my grandparents gave us a Zenith color TV for Christmas.  What a revelation! Color!

The show was broadcast on one of only three (!) network channels on Sunday night right before the Ed Sullivan show. A million years ago.

If I was lucky – and my mother didn’t notice that my sister, brother and I were still up – the Sullivan show morphed into Bonanza.

I escaped through television back then. I didn’t realize it at the time, but the make-believe lives of Donna, Samantha, Gilligan, Beaver, Chip & Ernie and Clark fueled my imagination for what an alternative reality might be. Unrealistic of course, but when you’re a little kid, you don’t know any better. It was a welcome relief to watch kind loving families with problems where it all eventually worked out. When the day was saved by a flying mouse. Or a flying man in a suit. Or even…a flying nun. When the world was a happy place in the end.

My fantasy photo for Frank’s challenge appeared to me on a walk yesterday.

A spot where grass and trees and water and light coalesced…

Via my magical, yet rudimentary, computer software – it emerged in its own wonderful world of color…

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…and as the fantasy progressed…

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a peaceful warmth emerged…

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…my fantasy revealed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steeped in snow

Inspired by Frank at Dutch goes the Photo: Steep

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Steep is relative….

To you and me this is a steep snowbank…snow piled so high it hides the mailbox at the end of the driveway.

As well as half the tree trunk in the front yard…

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But to Mr. Bill, the five snow covered back steps are way too steep, no matter what…

snowy steps

OH NO!!!

 

Rocky coast

Inspired by Frank at Dutch goes the Photo: Coast

 

maine coast

 

A few years ago, we visited Cape Elizabeth, Maine for the first time. We were blessed with beautiful weather for our two night very relaxing stay.

Including a long afternoon walk…along its trademark rocky coastline.