Morning Beauties

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Just a few beautiful things from the yard this morning.

PEONYANT0016A couple of ants on a peony bud.  Not really a beautiful scene but just thought I’d throw it in.  I see these ants every year.  Wonder if I should leave them alone or get rid of them.  They don’t seem to be hurting the plant.

PLUMBUSH0008_640PLUMBUSH0023_640PLUMBUSH0026_600PURPLEGC0022_640“A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love.”
~Max Muller

Long Awaited Snow & Tree Lights

snow12192012_0072_600It finally snowed this month.  We were supposed to get blizzard-like snow but instead, we got lots of wind and a nice dusting of flaky snow.  It’s pretty and peaceful (as always) but extremely cold.  The temperature outside is 17.8°F.

I am pretty happy this morning.  I’ve got all my work done and I can blog freely with no other stress!  It feels amazing!  Of course, this never lasts so I’m going to make the best of it before I have to get busy again.

The Christmas tree went up a week ago.  I have such a hard time decorating it.  It could be that I just don’t have enough ornaments but it always looks as though there’s something missing.

christmastree20120052_500And, it’s lopsided too.  Not sure how to fix that.  Husband and I tried whatever we could to hold it upright but we’ve agreed that it’s just the tree.  That’s the thing that annoy me with real trees + the spiders and maybe other bugs.  Btw, the red and gold baubles were gifts from my friend, Sunflowerslady.

bauble0044_600Here is a bokeh shot of the image above and a couple of others.

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