Sunday, 23 December 2012

Merry Christmas!

Whenever I venture out into my garden, the true owner of this plot of land follows me around as if checking that I'm not going to do anything that will upset or violate his tiny kingdom. Sometimes from high in a tree, and sometimes on the ground and dangerously under-foot, my friend the Robin is ever present. But annoyingly he seems to have an uncanny knack of knowing when I am armed with my camera and what it is for because he teases me no end by posing and then hopping away just as I'm about to release the shutter. This shot is one I took some time ago as he rewarded me by posing nicely on the upper branches of one of my tall conifers. Had this shot included some snow I would have used it for a seasonal digital card, but instead I decided to use a photo I took of 'Dick the Wick', one of over a dozen loyal Gnomes who tend the mountainous regions of my large rockery.


I thank all of you, my blogging friends, for the support and encouragement you have given me throughout 2012. It means more to me than you can know. I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, peaceful New Year.


32 comments:

  1. Love your digital card and also your Robin...what a lovely addition they are to our gardens. Many Thanks to you too John, your comments are much appreciated on my blog too. MERRY CHRISTMAS & A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YOURS.

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  2. Hi John,

    Nice photo of the robin, I too am always trying to photograph the birds in my yard. Not easy!

    Dick the Wick makes a perfect greeting card. I love all that snow.

    Merry Christmas to you and a healthy and Happy New Year.

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    1. Thank you Sue ... I'm glad you like Dick the Wick.

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  3. Your robin looks very familiar to me. No snow needed he makes for a beautiful card. Merry Christmas and the a Happy New Year .
    Barbra Joan

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  4. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year John.

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  5. Merry Christmas and the a Happy New Year, John : )

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    1. Thank you Sadeu. It's very nice of you to visit my blog.

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  6. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, John! Love the robin and Dick the Wick!

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  7. Dear John. Wishing you and your dear ones a Merry Christmas ! Your robin behaves just like my robin :-)) .

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  8. wishing you a very happy christmas to you and your family john ... beautiful shot of your robin .

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  9. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Robin says "you already have the best shot!"

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    1. Yes, you're probably right Trudy. Thank you.

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  10. MERRY CHRISTMAS, John and Happy and healthy New Year!!!

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  11. An amazing Photo John. My you are talented mate. We had a Robin in our Garden that was very brave but not as brave as your Robin it seems. They are beautiful creatures don`t you think? Thank you for your Christmas greetings John. Rosemary and I wish you and your family a very happy one also. All the best John.
    Vic.

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    1. Thank you Vic. I'm sure my Robin is braver than he acts and he just enjoys teasing me.

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  12. HI there John!... We share similar paths... but live in vastly different spaces! That is the beauty of blogging - it knows no boundaries.
    It has been my pleasure to share time... ideas and visits this year with you! Always a treat and my great pleasure to visit your site!

    Season's best to you and yours John!

    Good painting!
    Warmest regards,
    Bruce

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    1. I agree with you about the beauty of blogging Bruce and it has been MY pleasure to spend time on your site, which is always so inspirational.
      Warmest Regards

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  13. Dear John - Hope you had a wonderful Christmas - so pleased you took time to visit my blog. Your art is wonderful and I am so very glad to meet you. Looking forward to getting to know you and follow your blog in the coming year. I know several blogging buddies have said you do not have cardinals in UK - They are really that brilliant in color. I feed the birds and they are frequent visitors when the snow flies. Have a Happy New Year.

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    1. How lovely to see you here Debbie. Thank you very much for becoming a follower. I'm also looking forward to seeing your art in the coming year. All the best.

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  14. What a great photo!
    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.
    Here's to a happy and creative New-Year! :0)

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    1. Thank you Sandra. I hope you had a good Christmas too. Happy New Year to you and yours. ;)

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  15. Digital cameras tend to have slow shutters I have realized. But I am glad that you got this pretty bird at last. Hope you had a wonderful christmas!

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    1. The only thing slow about my camera Catharina is the operator. LOL. I was treated yesterday as this little chappy posed for me for a very long time and let me get quite close.

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