12.24.2013

merry + bright.

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For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given.
And the government will be upon His shoulders,
And His name shall be called,
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

Merry Christmas, friends. 

7 comments:

  1. this is just breath-taking. I can smell the pine and hear the crunch of the snow. and the luring silence. you are amazing, dear heart, and i pray that you and your family have the loveliest of Christmases. love you lots, pond. xx

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  2. i would love some snow too. and that whipped cream at the top of a hot chocolate? makes me craving for it. happiest holiday for you!

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  3. these photos belong in a magazine. so ahhh-mazing!

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  4. Oh man....I love how you caught the snow blowing across the road! Actually, I'm really glad that you THOUGHT about capturing it with your camera. I'm so glad there's kindred spirits who notice the little things too. =)
    Mmm...Pine needles always fascinate me. No matter how many pictures I have of them, I always feel the need to take another! ;) And when they're frosted with snow, all the more reason! Love that pine-y green color...
    Ahhhh...Christmas tree bokeh NEVER gets old. O.O
    Your cat is seriously adorable and I LOVE how you framed the last one.
    You always have such a good mix of close-ups and the-big-picture-type-of-picture, it tells the story well. =)

    Alright, I'm done now! ;D

    Have a Merry Christmas!

    xx ~Jenny

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  5. Ohmylands. These pictures are stunning. You captured the essences of winter and Christmas so perfectly. Merry Christmas, dear. xxx.

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  6. We don't have snow here (sighs because tropical country) and your photos makes me want to fly across the globe to witness a winter wonderland! We also didn't have a Christmas tree because we weren't home for the holidays, but I wish we did - these pictures just give me the much needed festive vibe even after Christmas.

    http://xndrexpanaligan.blogspot.com/

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