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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Scenic Shadow Shots - Mosaic Blue Monday

Scenic December
Southern California
views after rainstorm

Straight out of the camera above
Poster Edges below

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

See also my other Mosaic Monday posts this week at
Happily Retired Gal and Small Reflections

2009 Annual Worldwide Candle Lighting Services


The Compassionate Friends (TCF) Worldwide Candle Lighting® is held annually the second Sunday in December ... and this year it is Sunday, December 13. This event unites family and friends around the globe as they light candles for one hour to honor and remember children who have died at any age from any cause. As candles are lit at 7 p.m. local time, creating a virtual wave of light, hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor the memories of children in a way that transcends all ethnic, cultural, religious, and political boundaries."

Now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe, the Worldwide Candle Lighting, a gift from TCF to the bereavement community, creates a virtual 24-hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone. Hundreds of formal candle lighting events are held and thousands of informal candle lightings are conducted in homes as families gather in quiet remembrance of children who have died, but will never be forgotten. The Worldwide Candle Lighting started in the United States in 1997 as a small internet observance, but has since swelled in numbers as word has spread throughout the world of the remembrance.

"Don't let yesterday use up too much of today."
Cherokee Indian Proverb
Although I continue to keep a Daily Gratitude List in my sidebar at Small Reflections, it's been a while since I last Blogged my Blessings here, so here goes: I'm grateful ...

1. for rain ... glorious rain! As I'm dancing for joy at real rain, I'm praying for those who have had more rain and snow than usual ... hoping their weather will improve and that weather related damage is minimal.

2. my traveling sister and her husband are nearing home ... currently in Monterey, CA and headed southward ... planning to arrive by next weekend.

3. I'll be celebrating Christmas with family and friends ... and yes, I know how fortunate I am to live where I do ;-)

4. for my Nikon D60 and the things I've learned about photography during the eleven months I've used it.

5. delicious Satsuma tangerines from my sister's tree and the bountiful lemons & limes currently on my citrus trees ... plenty to share with friends & neighbors.

6. I remembered to pay my Property Taxes before the deadline of December 10th (where did the time go?) and there was no line at the local Post Office on Thursday morning (unheard of at the holidays) so I could get a Certificate of Mailing to prove I made the deadline if necessary.

7. I have stamps to mail Christmas cards when I finally get them created, printed, written, & addressed.

See my Daily Gratitude List
in the sidebar at Small Reflections
and the lists I've transferred to Happily Retired Gal

What are some blessings in YOUR life currently?
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Blessed Be ... and so it is!

Thought for Today
"There has been only one Christmas - the rest are anniversaries."
W.J. Cameron


Mike Golch said...

I posted SNC's 12 day of Christmas on mt site and Yes it is hilarious!
your senic shot are always some to treasure as well.

eileeninmd said...

Love your scenic shots, the tree is awesome and I ove the snowcapped mountains.

Quilt Works said...

The view of the montains is lovely. YOu live in such a pretty area

... I shared my views of "Fresh Snow"

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Loved hearing the "Carol of the Bells." That was a gorgeous rendition.

I also enjoyed seeing your photos and reading your gratitude list.

I am grateful for my family and friends. They make my life richer. I am grateful for my Savior. He makes my life whole and complete, here on earth and into the life eternal!


Sheila :-)

Diane AZ said...

Enjoyed your scenic mosaics, the video and learning about the Worldwide Candle Lighting and your gratitude list, wow!

•°°• IcyBC •°°• said...

Wonderful post, and I like the information on your Worldwide Candle Lighting!

JLS Hall (Joysweb) said...

Such gorgeous photos! I've never heard of the Worldwide Candle Lighting before, but I think it's a really beautiful idea.

Dianne said...

the candles are beautiful

George said...

The Carol of the Bells by SNC is excellent! Thanks for sharing it with us. I love your southern California scenes.

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

Thanks for your thoughtfulness. Yesterday, our church lit a candle, it was for Christmas.

My son died 20 years ago, I have moved on, but I talk about him to give encouragement to newly bereaved parents.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

HRG: What a beautiful series of photo, what a neat part of the country.

Kim, USA said...

Lovely shots!!

My Scenic Sunday

penny said...

The candle lighting is a wonderful way to remember the children.
This is a beautiful post. Thanks for sharing the music too.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Love your thought of the day!
Beautiful shadows - perfect for the season...but love the meaning that they are for the children!

Unknown said...

I love the huge tree! So much history packed inside it. I didn't know about the candle lighting until now. Very beautiful!

Budget Traveler said...

when I saw the candles.. I could feel that it's almost Christmas! :)

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Hey Harriet said...

Very lovely and creative mosaics and I enjoyed reading your blessings too! I hope you have a fantastic week ahead :)

Gemma Wiseman said...

Beautiful scenes looking quite magical in mosaic!

Inday said...

There is something special about the characteristic of this old mother tree. And you are always thorough with your Daily Gratitude List which is very admirable for little things you are most thankful for. Why not?

Blessings to you this year end Holiday Season. How time swiftly flies! :)

gengen said...

wow your shots are amazing... Happy blue Monday.

Chubskulit Rose said...

beautiful presentation as usual, love it.

My Blue Monday

SmilingSally said...

Pretty blue mosaics. Happy Blue Monday.

Carol said...

Beautiful shots, gorgeous mosaic!

Linnea said...

That's quite a variety of trees you found there. Thanks for such a great mosaic and thanks for stopping by at my SS.

deb said...

Love that knarley tree, so gorgeous!
Are those little ferns growing in the trunk?
Happy Holidays!

Carly said...

great pictures!

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

Thanks, I shared the candle post with my friend whose first baby died at childbirth.