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A business associate of my husband's sent him a very nice gift of some wonderful olive oil, which is great, because I was running out! What I really like is that it comes in a quart container! Like...a quart of oil! Ha ha ha!
Today passed in a holiday haze of travel and shopping, leaving me with only two photos on my camera. This was the best of the two. It looks like I feel - a bit fuzzy around the edges (okay, and everywhere else!) and slightly unfocused. Tomorrow should be an interesting day at work!
We enjoyed another wonderful Christmas Eve dinner at my mother's house tonight. It is our tradition to have a big candle-lit meal together, open a present, and then roll ourselves off to bed. We forgot to light our most treasured set of candles - a set of wooden reindeer pulling a sleigh, which are running down the dark spot in the middle of the table. But it is probably good that they got the year off, because one of them is still recovering from having most of his antlers burned off in a "flaming reindeer" mishap a few years back. Do you smell something burning? Oh no, Rudolph!
My sister-in-law sent us the most wonderful set of dipped strawberries for Christmas. I couldn't decide which one looked more delicious, so you get to see them both. And I'm afraid that's all the closer you are going to get to them!
Chocolate covered cherries are a family favorite, although we are all still mourning Brach's decision to discontinue theirs several years ago. Queen Anne's just aren't as good. However, when my husband brought home some chocolate-covered blueberries, I just had to give them a try. As you can see, they went fast!
I was going to take a nice Christmas lights photo tonight, but I forgot my tripod. So, I was stuck doing an "interesting" shot instead of a pretty one. This particular light display had us really baffled, until I downloaded it to my computer and studied it further. It is actually an angel blowing a horn, but a lot of the lights are burned out. Cory still thinks it is a turkey, though.
Strobist has a good blog post about photographing Christmas lights that I recommend checking out.
Tonight I enjoyed Topeka Bible Church's annual drive-up light show. Musicians play in the windows, and thousands of lights are synchronized to the music. It is a really neat experience. I played with different exposure/aperture combinations throughout the show, and was happiest with a large aperture (2.2) and fairly fast shutter.
Here are some of over 550 pairs of shoes donated to needy kids by the children of our church last weekend. They were lined up on the sanctuary steps today, and served as a great reminder to us grownups to be generous. I love the ones in the lower right-hand corner - I totally rocked those laces in grade school!
I left work about 20 minutes early today because the sun was shining after a long day of rain and storms. By five o'clock it had pretty much gone down, but I did get to take a pretty shot south of town. The 60-degree weather made the outdoor shot a pleasure to take. These shades of blues and purples are unusual for this time of year, in my experience.
It was Ladies Night at Topeka Bible Church tonight, with a special Laugh Out Loud Christmas special. We enjoyed snacks and an great performance by comedienne Kerry Pomarolli. They are repeating the program Tuesday night, so any ladies with a free evening should definitely check it out!
Tonight we had a special Advent version of Overflow at church. Overflow is a evening of praise and worship held once a quarter. It is always a tremendously uplifting experience. This time they brought in some special lighting equipment which really enhanced the evening. I love the gradient effect on the light panels.
This gingerbread tree is one of my favorite Christmas decorations, probably because I love gingerbread so much! It is so time-consuming to make, I never realized how much trouble it was for my mom all of those Christmases growing up.
Tonight I attended a special Holiday Remembrance Ceremony at Mount Hope Cemetery. It was a time to gather and remember family and friends who we have loved and lost. Memory candles were lit, and ornaments with enclosed messages were placed on two trees. It was a beautiful ceremony.
On a technical note, the lights on the tree in the background are the truest exampleof bokeh that I have ever accomplished. And I have to commend the 5D on some great low-light capabilities at ISO 1000. Even at magnification, it is noise-free.
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 24-105mm f/4
105mm - ISO 1000
1/40s - f/4
I hope you don't think this is creepy. I am not really a fan of the "blind angel/cherub" statues. I am in Green Bay, WI, on what is probably a warm day for them, but was quite cold for me. I got out for just five minutes today, and walked by this poor cherub. He looked cold even for a stone statue.
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 24-105mm f/4
58mm - ISO 200
1/13s - f/8
Spending the night on the Plaza in Kansas City.Here is the view from my room.My hands were too full of shopping bags
earlier to take pictures, plus it is bitterly cold.So, a hotel room shot it is! The Plaza has been decorated with Christmas lights for over 80 years, and according to the Kansas City tourism website, the show includes over 80 miles of lights that are put up and taken down each year!
I have a herd of deer on my living room walls. Apparently they are my theme this Christmas. I promise not to post pictures of Christmas decorations all month-long, but I am getting ready for a trip tomorrow, and didn't get to do much else tonight.
No, I didn't go hunting this weekend and bag a 10-point buck. Every year my mother holds a "December the First Party." It used to religiously be held on the first, but now we just go with the first Sunday of the month.
She makes a great meal and we decorate the house together. This year we are going with a red, white and deer theme. There are two deer in the shot (and at least nine more outside of the frame). Can you find them?
We are singing this song at church this weekend (Joyous Light). It rather ironically came to my mind while I was turning off the electric candles on the stage after service. Hey - safety first, people!
Christmas is my cat's favorite time of year because he gets to play with all of the Christmas decorations. Whenever he hears the first rustle of garland coming out of the box, he comes running. Here he realized that it doesn't taste as good as it looks!
When someone asks "Will you take my picture?" always say "Yes!" There will be plenty of people the rest of your life who say "You aren't going to take my picture, are you?" This guy was a lot of fun - full of smiles!