’tis the season

we spent a couple days at my parents’ house just before Christmas to celebrate the holiday with my side of the family.

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luckily, we arrived after the bad ice storm that hit their area – and even luckier, they still had power!

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branches were weighted down with a thick coating of ice, and various branches had snapped and fallen down around their yard, thankfully with minimal damage.

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despite all the destruction, the ice storm aftermath makes for some amazing outdoor photography.  when the sun is shining, the ice everywhere can just sparkle and make everything glisten.  I spent a bit of time walking around outside with our silver lab puppy, Arwen – she loves exploring my parents’ yard.

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I also snapped a couple great shots of the various birds that congregate at the bird feeders.

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here is a great shot of a male cardinal hopping onto the bird feeder.

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and a red-bellied (strange name, huh?!) woodpecker that was hanging out at the suet feeder.

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all told, a beautiful few days spending time with family and celebrating the Christmas holiday, and enjoying the amazing power of nature intertwined with the beauty it creates.

merry Christmas!

[all photos taken with my Nikon D70 & a Nikon Nikkor 70-300mm F/4-5.6G-AF Zoom Lens]

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6 Responses to “’tis the season”


  1. 1 Bonnie K. Frogma December 24, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Lovely photos! Have a Merry Christmas! Stay warm!

  2. 3 bookbooster December 25, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Wow. Beautiful photos! I’m a fan of songbirds, so I especially enjoyed those. Thanks for sharing!


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