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December Contest #2: Winter Wonderland



We’re on to the second SSA contest for December!

For this one, I want to see your winter wonderland shots. Here’s how it works:

1. Between now and 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11, post a photograph you’ve taken that features gorgeous winter scenery of any kind on my Facebook page wall. If you could include some info about it — where and when it was taken, any special methods or filters used, etc. — that would be ideal. Please only post photos that you took yourself.

2. On Thursday night, I’ll select my three favorites, and they’ll be posted on Friday for public vote.

3. Cast your vote for your favorite image by 11:59 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13.

4. The winner will be posted on Sunday, Dec. 14. The winner receives a small original piece of art.

Good luck!

Inspiration in Just Being



My beloved had to work this weekend, so we desired to take the day together Thursday and, well, just enjoy life.

It was so sunny and beautiful that we ended up outside for several hours, sledding, walking the dog, and then just sitting on our hill and taking in the beauty and the sounds of the birds.

The sun is warmer, brighter; the birds are making more noise. It’s the subtle shift I so enjoy, as the world beneath the snow and frost has its first thoughts of stirring, waking from its long slumber, winter submitting to spring. I found myself wanting to sketch the sweet birds. Remembering a book my Papa gave me when I moved out into the woods on birds of North America, I was able to stretch my glorious day in nature by pulling out my pastels and sketchbook and playing. Sometimes you just have to be exactly where you are!