Oh Christmas Tree

Last year I posted a story about a rather large “live” Christmas tree our cross-the-street neighbor Daniel decorated in his home. Here’s my photo of that tree from a year ago.


You must agree that was a very nice tree. Almost eleven-feet high and natural. Well, Daniel out did last year’s tree with the one below: an approximate eleven-foot high, Virginia Pine, 100 inches diameter at the base. It’s beautiful.



Like last year, Daniel asked me to come over and make some photos of the tree and his lovely family, Sarah and Sophie. What a treat and honor that was for me to be so asked. Sophie was at first a bit shy, but after she became accustomed to me and my camera (a small, not so imposing Fuji X100T) she began to romp about the tree and smile a bit. After all, it’s not every kid who has parents so nice to bring into her home a tree like this one.




We are extremely fortunate to have neighbors such as Daniel, Sarah and Sophie living close, and I look forward returning next Christmas with my camera, to make photos of the family, and their special tree. Merry Christmas to all!

Frosty Morning Walk

I decided to take a morning walk before the temperatures warmed up a bit, and was rewarded by some nice “frosty” scenes. The frost covered picnic table near the Smith River in SW Virginia made me wonder how many folks had sat there when fish were biting and the water was warm. Sort of a lonely scene now, but nice regardless. I also liked the “steam” coming off the river with a sun flare in the upper left of the composition. Lastly, ice crystals in the wet ground were another reminder that its cold outside.