Winter Wonderland

I caught this lone cross-country skier on a frozen creek in snow country.  Let this be my Christmas card to all:

May your Christmas be as serene and exhilarating as this magical moment.



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And, thanks to a reader’s suggestion, may the following carol warm the winter chills and quiet the holiday frenzy.

‘In The Bleak Midwinter’

 

 

A Merry Christmas To All!

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Photo taken by Arti of Ripple Effects, December 2010, All Rights Reserved.

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Arti

If she’s not birding by the Pond, Arti’s likely watching a movie, reading, or writing a review. Bylines in Asian American Press, Vague Visages, Curator Magazine.

17 thoughts on “Winter Wonderland”

  1. Such a perfect photo of the lady in the snow, brilliant capture for the Season.
    Wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thanks for everything Arti!

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  2. Oh one more thing, I really like the ‘Snow Effect’!!
    Over here in Hong Kong, current temperature is 18C….ha!
    Have a good one Arti.

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    Molly Mavis,

    Our Christmas is going to be warm too 0 to 2C. Yes, that’s great weather for us! Have a Merry Christmas!

    Arti

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  3. A very Merry Christmas to you Arti!! Stay cozy and warm…

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    Ellen,

    The weather is going to be really nice for Christmas, 2C. A blessed Christmas to you and your wonderful family!

    Arti

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  4. Lovely, Arti. Thank you–and Merry Christmas!

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    ds,

    Thanks for all the wonderful views from your third-storey window. A blessed Christmas to you and yours!

    Arti

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  5. Arti, thanks so much for your visit to my blog yesterday. I’m an infrequent blogger of late, but hope you come back to visit again when I have something more interesting to say.
    I am very intrigued by your place – not just because we seem to be neighbours (I’m in Calgary atm) – and will definitely be coming back here. The X-country photo is in the Kananaskis?
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    Deborah,

    We could be neighbours! The photo was an impromptu snap while I was walking in Fish Creek Park. I like to call it my neck of the woods. Are you anywhere close by?

    Arti

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    1. Arti, I only just saw your reply now. I drove past Fish Creek Park today, in fact, but live in Montgomery. I’m only here for a few days longer before I head back to my home-away, in France. Perhaps we could think about meeting up sometimes – I’m back here in a few months.

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      Deborah,

      Oh yes definitely, we should meet up. Just drop me a line when you’re back. You should have my email since I’ve commented on your blog. Have a great time in France… how I envy you! I came back a few months ago from visiting Paris and Provence. Have written a few posts on my travel there… you might like to take a look. This is exciting indeed!

      Arti

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  6. “Serene and exhilarating” sounds pretty great. Thank you. And thanks for your intelligent, kind and warm presence here all year.

    A very Merry Christmas, Arti!

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    Ruth,

    Just straight from the heart… nothing poetic. I know where to look for stunning photography and poetry… synchronizing. 😉 Have a blessed Christmas to you and yours!

    Arti

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  7. A lovely greeting, Arti – and you found my favorite version of the carol.
    A blessed, peaceful Christmas to you and yours.

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    Linda,

    You know, I’ve been thinking about this carol these past few days and then read your comment on my last post. I just thought I should share it here. I love the lyrics, they are so poetic… Thank you for all the inspiration whenever you stop by to write your response. I look forward to more exchanges in the coming year as we make our mutual visits. Have a wonderful Christmas!

    Arti

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  8. Merry Christmas, Arti! Enjoy the holiday. Your photo of the skier is great.

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    Dorothy,

    Merry Christmas to you and yours! Enjoy your holiday reads… I can’t wait to read your posts on them.

    Arti

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  9. Lovely photo Arti … I hope your Christmas is lovely and just how you like it. Ours has been a pretty perfect Aussie day, warm, with just a little breeze to make it comfortable. And now it is a lovely evening.

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    whisperinggums,

    One of these days I must experience Christmas Down Under… warm breeze and Lorikeets carolling 😉 Have a peaceful holiday and a Happy 2011!

    Arti

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  10. I love the peace his solitude represents. Such a great photograph. Merry Christmas, Arti, and many blessings for 2011!

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    Bellezza,

    Trust you’re enjoying your Christmas and all best wishes for a Happy New Year!
    And BTW, it’s a she… I saw her coming. By the time I took my camera out and positioned myself to take a picture, she had already passed me.

    Arti

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  11. Sometimes great photography is all about the right place at the right time…and having camera in hand.
    Good for you – this is such a great shot!

    And Merry Christmas (we celebrate right up to Jan 6) and Happy New year, too, Arti!

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    oh,

    Yes, I was so glad that I caught her just in time. And hey, we all should give Christmas a bit longer time than just one day, so yes, a Merry Christmas to you too and all best wishes for 2011. Your NYC Christmas sounds wonderful!

    Arti

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  12. A beautiful carol – thank you! I hope your Christmas was peaceful and joyful.

    Happy New Year, Arti. 🙂

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    Shari,

    Thanks for visiting. The same to you… have a wonderful year of YA writing!

    Arti

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