Friday, June 20, 2008

Seasons

"Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each. " Henry David Thoreau

This was quickie snap while running up the railway platform to my commuter train. Every once & while it is nice to take the time to look up and enjoy our surroundings rather than just rushing past the beauty of the early morning sky when even the sun is still weary eyed.

Thanks to all the Sky Watch Friday participants by posting photos of their own patch of sky, I am remembering to appreciate it more often.
Sharing a peak at the first draft of this year’s Christmas cards. Suppose it is a little too early in the season for some but if everyone wants specially hand made cards, the schedule needs to start early.

Here in the tropics where Christmas is in summer red & green are a hard combination to work with and poor little blue and crystal snowflakes do not last long in the heat.

Instead I experiment every year with different color combinations and themes that reflect the spirit of the season with a little summer twist.

Apparently Santa & I am not the only ones who work on Christmas out of season. Found another Mandi at Whispering Dreams who has a special Christmas blog.

During what has been hectic week in the office, found it rather fun to put the earplugs on and listen to her music play list of Christmas songs.
Christmas music always makes us feel good but there is one on her list that I had not heard in a very long time of Bing Crosby & David Bowie "Little Drummer Boy" and "Peace on Earth" from a Christmas special in the late 1970s. Think that might be my new favourite.

It might be a little out of season, but what is your favourite Christmas song?

29 comments:

Abraham Lincoln said...

The color in the sky is unusual and the clouds too. Nice.

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Delaney Gates said...

Hmmm, Sky Watch Friday- cool idea! Lovely photo, by the way! :)

Kahshe Cottager said...

What a lovely shot Mandy! The colour is really set off by the dark tree.

Creative Junkie said...

that's a beautiful photo ... doesn't look anything at all like the gray boring sky that's been above us for about three months now. I love the idea of Sky Watch Friday though ... wish we actually could see a sky that was somewhat interesting - I'd take a photo for sure!

Sandra Collins said...

beautiful shot

Old Wom Tigley said...

Stunning colours and great clouds

Thank you for being a part of Sky Watch this week, your post and comments are much appreciated.
Tom ;O)

Daniel J Santos said...

beautiful colors.

Jenty said...

What a pretty shot!

babooshka said...

Lovely skywatch with interesting colours and light.

emily said...

what a beautiful shot. A nice thing to remember to do when you are rushing to wherever you are going...stop and notice the sky.

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

It's a beautiful sky and I love the shape of that tree... it's quite unusual.

Alexander said...

Beautiful photo. Nice contrast between the sky in the backdrop and the tree in the forefront.

Have a nice weekend.

Alexander
Alex's World! - http://www.kakinan.com/alex

esnorway said...

nice shoots

Linda Manning Findley said...

Mandy it's wonderful ..... I always love what you do in your art .... this is a great Christmas card with a little twist ..... Linda F

Petunia said...

Very nice sky watch shot:)

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Jerez said...

Pearl, I love your collection of quotes, ""Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go" T. S. Eliot" I needed to hear this one right now, thank you! The mist and moor, yes, fog is more my heart than heat and drought..:)

Gosh, it would be fun to spend a day crafting with you!

Have a fun Sunday, wonder why there is no fogday?

Leigh said...

I love your cards! LOVE. You are as crafty as my friend Jessica McCash. She creates her own cards and things. You can get to her blog by my blog, hers is Jessicas Blog on my sidebar.


Great skywatch!

Steven (Cavite Daily Photo) said...

Wow! I love the photo! Very Christmassy! Oh my! In two months time, it's going to be Christmas here in the Philippines! It starts at September and Ends in mid-January! But of course the peak of the celebration starts from thw 24th!

Thanks for your kind welcome! god bless you and i Hope to see you soon on Cavite Daily Photo! Mabuhay from the Philippines!

Steven^^

Lori said...

your little piece of sky looks very pretty!!!

Lea said...

What a beautiful morning sky!

Thank you for stopping by on the occassion of my first SWF.

Looking forward to many more ~~

reader Wil said...

Your sky photos are magnificent! Thanks for your visit. In three weeks I'll be in Australia to visit my daughter so then I'll be taking photos from your skies! Every year I travel to Oz and stay then 5 or 6 weeks. But the flight is long and tiring.

liannallama said...

oh, I don't know if the sky or the card is my favorite! They are both so pretty! I love your unusual color combo!

Mandie said...

Thank you so much for visiting my Christmas blog! I listen to Christmas music all year long and I will click on my blog to listen but I don't always look at the comments. You are the only one to leave one so far! Thank you. I have always been obsessed with Christmas. I love everything about it. It is nice to know that I am not the only one, hehe.

PAINT MINE PINK said...

Hiya Mandy,
you are so right, we need to stop and appreciate the beauty of our surroundings more often....your sky piccie is beautiful....this evening mine was a nice shade of pink...so sunshine tomorrow!YAY.

Christmas cards..well its not that far away is it...i love the colours you are using. Your creations are gorgeous!

Hugs,
Shann xo

Marie Starr said...

Fabulous shot, Mandy! Sky Watch Friday is a brilliant idea, too!

Love ya, Girlfriend!


Marie

Shirley Fyfe said...

Such a great photo Mandy - I must do that more often too . . . it's often something I admire BUT don't capture with the camera!

{Lara} said...

Thank you for visiting my blog! I so relate to your Christmas colors - we are also in the peak of summer at Christmas time here in South Africa.
{L}

Kerry McKibbins said...

I just love your work

Carole said...

I love the little card. So bright and cheery.

I haven't heard that song in years (Bing Crosby & David Bowie). I was a kid still, but I remember seeing them perform it on Bing's Christmas show.

My favorite holiday song now would be hard to pick out...I like so many...but I'm still quite partial to Bing's version of White Christmas, though we rarely have a white Christmas here in Oregon. Maybe that's why.

Thank you for the nice comments on my blog. :-)