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Friday, December 25, 2009

Scenic Shadow Shots Mosaic from Christmas

Snapped while visiting
family in Hemet on
Christmas Eve this year

Click to embiggen for better viewing
and for others participating in
Scenic Sunday
, Shadow Shots, and Mosaic Monday

Reprising my 2008 Christmas post
for those of you who didn't know me then
& because I love this song ;-)
Sharing from this morning's email from:

Here's the Story of the Day
Purple Madonna

One time
on Hollywood Boulevard
I saw a young girl with a baby.
It was a crisp winter morning
& her hair shone
dark purple in the sun.
She was panhandling
outside the Holiday Inn
& the door clerk came out
& told her to be on her way & I
wondered if anyone would
recognize the Christ child
if they happened to meet.
I remember thinking
it's not like there are any
published pictures
& purple seemed
like a good color for a Madonna
so I gave her a dollar
just in case.
If the link under the image
doesn't work,
click here to see
what's available for this story.

Mary Did You Know?

(sung by Mark Lowry who wrote the lyric
& gave it to Buddy Greene who wrote the music)

My favorite (new) Christmas Song

If you click on the up arrow at the bottom right,
you'll get options to hear the song sung by others ...
My second favorite is Mark & Buddy singing together.

See also
Angels of Mercy
and message from Tut in the next post.

Thought for Today
"I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys." Charles Dickens


Melissa B. said...

Hope You & Yours have the Merriest of Christmases!

Caterina Giglio said...

hope you had a blissful holiday!

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful photos and mosaic.s Neat shadows, have a great weekend.

Ralph said...

The mosaic shows a variety of shadows. My favorite here is the backside of the palms, the shadow giving a definition of the form. I like the Christmas tree in the pot. It is not an evergreen, of course, but with the gifts beneath it felt like Christmas. Happy New Year!

Sylvia K said...

A lovely shadow collage as always! Such a great variety! Hope you had a lovely Christmas and wishing you a very Happy New Year! Enjoy!


Chubby Chieque said...

Lovely shots!

Have a happy last SS.


Dimple said...

Nice mosaic-southern CA is never more attractive than in winter, at least to me! The long winter nights here get to me very fast. I love that song "Mary Did You Know?" We sometimes sing it at church.

Thanks for the visit and comment, and happy new year!

A Wild Thing said...

What beautiful palm shadows, now I'm homesick for Florida!

SandyCarlson said...

Your photos are very, very beautiful.

Hey Harriet said...

Beautiful mosaic! The palm trees are lovely! Looking forward to more creative shadowy mosaics from you next year. Wishing you the very best for 2010!

Serendipity said...

I love the palm trees! Hope you had a lovely Christmas :)

LadyFi said...

I do love that story about the girl with the purple hair.

bobbie said...

Very lovely shadows in your mosaic.

Self Sagacity said...

beautiful scenic sunday

DoanLegacy said...

Gorgeous scenic pictures

Diane AZ said...

Wow, gorgeous mosaic! I love the palms, roses and stunning sunset!

penny said...

I had a wonderful time enjoying the mosaics, movie and music. You have a beautiful collection of shadow shots. Hope you had marvelous Christmas. Happy new year to you and yours.

Patti said...

Interesting collage of shadow photos, Storyteller. And
I love the gorgeous sunset.

Happy Shadow Shot Sunday! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos my friend. I love them. I especially like the biggest on in the mosaic.Well done. Thanks for stopping by my playground. :)

dianasfaria.com said...

beautiful mosaic-I love that colorful sky filled with vibrant color.
& your Charles Dickens quote is amazing!

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

I hope you had a merry Christmas, and a great holiday.

I like the collage, and your did a great job.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

HRG: Beautiful photos in your collage, love the sky shot.

Unknown said...

Very pretty! I love your sky!

Hot Fudge said...

What a lovely collection of images in your mosaic. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and all the best for the New Year.

Joe Todd said...

Loved your photos. I'm looking out my window looking at the snow here in Ohio wishing for Spring.. Have a great week

jeanne said...

How nice to have a beautiful Christmas with family. It comes on us to fast and is gone so quickly. What a beautiful song!