Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas Blessings From Tingsgrove and Beyond~

Seven month old Survhee Pipka takes stage left above, then our 4 year old long-haired German Shepherd; Countess Meaka Von Warfenburg of Tingsgrove is next, followed by 14 year old Spencer Ivy, all decked out as Santihoho's special pet elves~

Peeking through the layers of nature can be enchanting and the depth goes beyond what we can even begin to imagine~

I spy wild berries, massive white trunks of Sycamore trees, ivy covered trunks of others.  Tucked beneath other berries are Rosehips~

Drenched in droplets of the nourishment of rain~

Spent Oak Leaf Hydrangea once dazzled, yet not forgotten entirely. Wild Rosebush canes come through from behind and alongside~

All that is missing is snow~

Cannot seem to hide the little dead red and green pixel, so I shall pretend that the Blue Jay is all decked out in Christmas colours~

Tingsgrove has never had House Sparrows visit, yet they do just down the lane...what is that all about...aahh, it gets me out and about to claim them for a bit~

First the female above and then the little male below...sweetness~

The last of the layers... was something that happened quite by accident, yet a little like Christmas enough to close this greeting. 
I was sitting at a very long stoplight, across from a body of water.  As the headlights of the oncoming cars passed, it made the water dance with colours, and so this is what I captured, just for the fun of it~

Happy new Year too~


  1. Beautiful pictures Mary. Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and the rest of your family.

  2. all beautiful shots! love the grasses and limbs and berries. so pretty, mary!

  3. You have given us another lovely mix and match of pictures to lead up to Christmas Mary. The last shot is just amazing, very creative indeed. Like you I will be busy for a few days but once Christmas is over back to normal with the camera and birds. I hope you and your family have a simply wonderful Christmas.

  4. Mary, you have quite a knack with your imagery... all very lovely.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family and may 2012 bring you much joy and well-being.

  5. I like those delicious compositions with a nice combination of pictures in those beautiful mosaics.
    I wish you all the best during the holidays to you and those around you. Thank you very much for sharing the beauty.

  6. trekking your superb blog! keep blogging and inspiring people! happy holidays!


  7. Beautiful imges and shots of the birds, Mary! MERRY Christmas to you and your family!!

  8. We wish you and your family a Merry Christmas :)

  9. This is a fantastic mix of photos; all quite stunning.

    Merry Christmas.

    Darryl and Ruth :)

  10. Merry Christmas to you, too! Thanks for sharing these wonderful images.


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