Christmas 2023

December 25, 2023  •  5 Comments

A bright blue sky is greeting us this Christmas morning, as crows and ravens circle the sky to the accompaniment of "The Bells of Dublin" by the Chieftains. Ice remains on the landscape after a most welcome warm rain fell on Saturday, followed by graupel and snow.  The chill will be with us for several days but the brightness of the day will not be diminished.  We think of those who dare to celebrate the day and the season, despite too many horrors that lay heavy on the world.  The bravery of those in war zones cannot be overstated.  But the circle of life continues and few things demonstrate that as well as plant life, which waits patiently for the increased sunlight and warmer temperatures.  Matter of fact, tomorrow, there will be 12 more seconds of daylight in our part of the world.  I let the Amaryllis, which is cultivated commercially to give humans a quick fix of bright, bold life in six weeks during the winter months, say the rest and wish you a Happy Christmas Day!


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And to complete the Christmas wish, The Kiss by Gustav Klimt.

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Thanks to Marilyn G., Minna, Jean & Sam, Steve, Barbara F. R., Lisa S., and Rebecca for your blog comments about last week's blog.

Best wishes for a gentle and joyous week!

until next Monday,


a passion for the image©






Lawrence Jones(non-registered)
Daryl, peace on earth would be such a blessing. Your celebration of color cheers me onward.
Truly enjoyable images. And we all need a kiss like that!
Steve Immel(non-registered)
Thanks for the Christmas show of color, Daryl. You are definitely in your element with these fabulous florals. I find images two and three to be very painterly especially the skies that look like they could be watercolor or pastels. The soft treatment of the background pushes the intricacy of the flower forward. And finally, the Kiss by Klimt ably completes the ensemble.

I hope you and Fred are enjoying a wonderful Christmas. I hope to see you in the new year.
Loved the pictures and blog…Merry Christmas and wishing for peace in 2024.
Cheers to youses
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