Humbug.

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65/365- Tinsel

65/365- Tinsel

Camera did not want to obey orders tonight. Focus was off no matter what I did. Lighting wasn’t cooperating. Depth of field was proving illusive. I did not win the battle today, clearly. Post made this barely acceptable. Nothing like a 365 to keep your ego in check, remind you that things will not always go your way. Sigh. Bah humbug, more later.

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Packages, Boxes and Bags

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64/365- Packages!

64/365- Packages!

So my parents were hard core Santas when I was a kid. The love to tell stories to young parents, explaining how they had to keep separate Santa wrapping paper (so it was unique to the north pole), gifts had to be hidden… My mom went so far as to one year have someone else write out the names on the tags, so that it was unique Santa writing. Now there is some dedication to the craft for you 🙂 I appreciate these things now, even as I am able to recognize the nuisance (to say the least) it must have been. But it was about making things special, maintaining that bit of magic for a little longer. I don’t think people do that enough any more, so it’s nice to think back to how lucky I was.

Glam cones

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63/365- Glitter glam

63/365- Glitter glam

Doesn’t that glitter make that pinecone look oh so fabulous! It’s just so precious! (excuse my while I go hurl in the corner). Seriously though, the glitter does add a pretty colour and texture. But I think texture is what makes pinecones interesting in the first place. They are these beautiful geometric creations full of interesting patterns. They are a perfect example of complexity in nature amongst the simplest things. The spirals of a pinecone actually relate very closely to the Fibonacci sequence, which is why those spirals seem so perfect (Golden Ratio FTW!). There is your math fact for the day 🙂

The Wrap Game

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62/365- The wrap game

62/365- The wrap game

So here is a question for anyone- do people deliberately try to make a particular gift as fiendish as possible to open on purpose? Or is it accidental? I’m not talking the gag gift wraps where there are a hundred layers of boxes and paper only to find a pair of dead batteries (true story, happened to a friend of mine). Those are clearly meant to be a pain. I’m just talking the standard wrapped present. I swear there is always one my sister does every year that is the biggest pain in the behind to unwrap, layers of tape covering every cranny and crease, but she says it’s not on purpose. I sense a conspiracy… Any confessions or horror stories?

Boxing day calmness

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61/365- Icy lake near Canmore, Alberta

61/365- Icy lake near Canmore, Alberta

Went out to Banff and Canmore today with my parents, bit of a change for me as I usually make the trip solo. Certainly better than braving the insanity that is the malls on Boxing day. Light was generally awful for photos, but I did manage to pick up this one, along with a few wind-swept others. I swear, the scenery makes it very difficult to take a bad shot once you eliminate the basics like out of focus or camera shake. The subject matter that sits less than an hour from my doorstep is truly sublime. I’m really lucky to be where I am.

And the Stockings were Hung…

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60/365- Stripey fun-ness

60/365- Stripey fun-ness

Merry Christmas to everyone! We just did stockings today, we will be doing our family gift exchange when we are all together in about a week. Stockings are always a fun part, and one of my favourite things to shop for. When else do you have an excuse to look for and buy quirky oddities that embrace every weird hobby and interest the people you love possess?

I edited this shot a little in the retro feel, but it seemed right for the more classic style of the stocking. Love the slightly faded rusty red, it’s a wonderful character colour. And by making things relatively monochromatic, it really simplifies the composition and emphasizes texture.

Have a great evening everyone!

Flexible decor

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59/365- Tree topper

59/365- Tree topper 

My tree may be mini, but it is really hard to find a nice looking, small tree topper. So I have this full sized star instead. I will admit it looks silly relative to the rest of the tree, but it just didn’t seem complete without something on top. I was reading, apparently the idea of decorating trees at this time of years far pre-dates the celebration of Christmas. Apparently the Romans decorated trees with bit of metal in celebration of Saturnalia, or worship of the god of Saturn, responsible for agriculture. Many people do know that the Christians put many holidays to coincide with (and eventually overcome) traditional pagan rituals, but I didn’t realize that the tree decorating part was a portion of that concept. So there is your random bit of Christmas trivia. Happy celebrating everyone!