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Cee’s Challenge: Reds and Greens

This week Cee has challenged us with the colors of red and green in any combination: red, green or red AND green.  Being currently stuck in my office until after dark, I chose to pick a couple of items in my surroundings that fit the category. 

A shiny red Christmas wreath adorn my office door.

A shiny red Christmas wreath adorns my office door.

EMS and Rescue Trucks from my collection.

EMS and Rescue Trucks from my collection.

I work in EMS (Emergency Medical Services), and kind of collect toy EMS trucks and ambulances.  These are three I have on display in my hutch in my office.  Check out Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge by clicking on the logo below.

 

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Festival of Trees at Everson Museum

Al and I spent a good portion of our afternoon at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York today… photographing their current event, “Festival of Trees”.  There were 50+ trees, wreaths, decorations and garlands adorning the upstairs, downstairs and halls of the museum in sparkling splendor and Christmas Spirit.  They were decorated gifts from individuals and businesses that were donated to be sold, with the proceeds benefitting the Everson.

A selection of trees at the Everson Museum Festival of Trees

A selection of trees at the Everson Museum Festival of Trees

Trying a little playful zoom action here.

 

A festive wreath.

A festive wreath.

Closeup of some ornaments on one of the golden trees.

Closeup of some ornaments on one of the golden trees.

Beautiful blue ornaments.

Beautiful blue ornaments.

I’m beginning to understand how the more professional (or even amateur) photographers can take hundreds of photos and wind up with only a handful that are  “good enough to keep”!  I always thought that if you’re a good enough photographer, ALL of your photos would be good enough to keep!  I took 90 photos, only about 20 were “acceptable”, and these are the best of those 20 ~ what does that tell you?  Yes, I am barely a beginner!

Christmas tree dedicated to Lyme Disease Awareness!

Christmas tree dedicated to Lyme Disease Awareness!

An alignment of trees.

An alignment of trees.

Chicken wire and lights stuffed up under.

Chicken wire and lights stuffed up under.

These photos do not do the event justice, of course, but are only to tickle your fancy into going to the Everson and taking in the sights yourself (if you’re local).  Hopefully they entice you with color and Christmas composition. 

http://www.everson.org/events/fot.php  Here’s a link to the Everson’s website if you’d like more information and times/prices etc.  It wasn’t “packed” when we went, but did become busy as the time wore on, and it became harder to take photos (no flash allowed!) without potentially having someone in them.  As the Season draws closer to Christmas, I’m sure the exhibit will become routinely crowded.  Rightfully so!

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Smile for Awhile ~

I’ve been thinking of ways to incorporate my family into my blog, and finally found an ideal way.  I’ve taken some of my favorite photos and captured just their smiles.  The incredible beauty that is found in one’s smile is enough to bring joy into your heart.

My grandson, Braden’s, cherub-like smile is precious!

I especially adore my grandchildren’s smiles.

Gavin’s smile is more knowing, maybe mischievous, as a 10 year old.

Four year old granddaughter, Aubree’s, smile is infectious.

Carefree and daring is 4 year old “Bree”.

My little “eskimo” grandson, Austin, lives in Wasilla, Alaska, and I don’t get to see his smile in person nearly enough!

Austin looks like he’d much rather be playing baseball than sitting still for a photo op!

Nieces Michelle (below left) and Lisa (below right) have that genuine smile of their mother, and both just as beautiful. 

                  

Although I have several more grandchildren to share, as well as children and sibling smiles,  I’ll have to save those for another time, another smile.

 

Urban Fall

I love working in downtown Syracuse.  I’m not like, “downtown” the four corners of Salina and Fayette, but just down the hill from the hospitals (Crouse, Upstate and Golisano’s Children’s Center).  Although I’m indoors all day at work, when I come in to the city in the morning, and leave the city in the evening, I can’t help but notice my surroundings.  Most of the time, it’s beautiful here.  But never so much as it is in the fall.

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The city is alive with color in the crisp, autmnal air.  One never seems to  notice just how many trees can be found in an urban venue until fall comes and the bright yellows, oranges and reds reveal themselves.  Sometimes it can be a distracting drive if you’re looking at all the displays during a trip out of the office for lunch, or at the 5:00 rush hour to get home.

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What’s not to like about the city?  So often when asked where I work, when I respond that I work in “downtown Syracuse”, I get horrified looks and groans and comments like “I can’t navigate driving in the city”.  I guess it’s a matter of getting used to it, and knowing where you’re going and exactly how to get there.  I see something different every day when coming and going, and most often it’s beautiful.

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There are parks nearby with benches or picnic tables and water fountains that are wonderful for an hourly lunch during the summer.  But they tend to be often busy and/or crowded.  Not so much in the fall ~ it seems to weed out a lot of “fair weather friends” who begin to retreat to their office buildings or inside restaurants when the weather turns cooler.

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That’s fine.  All the better for me to sit and nibble on a salad and read my daily devotionals in peace.  Although, there’s lots less people-watching, which is also fun!

The next time you think about taking some inspirational photos somewhere, and head for the rural meadow, waterfalls or lakeside jaunts, don’t discount a trip to a big city.  The colors, people, happenings and architecture just might surprise you with an amazing photo op!