Merry Christmas!

Hey everyone!

First, I want to say thanks for all of the wonderful comments that I have been receiving lately. Everyone is so positive towards my photography and it is truly inspiring and motivating, thanks so much!

This is my favourite time of the year; the time spent with friends and family is so cherished and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I’ll probably post some photos from the holidays soon.

Christmas has just come to and end here, but rest is not in sight yet. Working retail, I have a seven-hour shift tomorrow on Boxing Day. You might as well call shopping on this day a full-contact sport, so it’ll be interesting. I wanted to post something today, so here is a snowflake photo I edited recently for everyone to enjoy – more to come!

Solstice Eclipse

Last night something unusual happened – a complete lunar eclipse, coinciding with the winter solstice. This hadn’t happened for nearly 400 years and likely won’t happen again in my lifetime, so I stayed up and photographed it. It was the first time I watched an eclipse from beginning to fully covered, and it was fun. I just wish it was a little warmer!

Here is what it looked like, for those that couldn’t make it out to see it:

Fully eclipsed, the moon was very dark and warmly coloured, I was able to lighten it up to fully enjoy it:

Not much sleep for me last night, as the moon only because fully eclipsed just before 3:00AM. It was fun, I just wish it wasn’t so cold!

First Snowflakes of This Winter

Its the season of cold, snow, and ice. While it is freezing outside, nature is still fascinating:

Light hitting the snowflake at just the right angle makes the surface light up in beautiful ways. With very careful planning, patience, and MANY out of focus images, it is possible to fill the frame of my camera with a single snowflake. I took a few of these photos last year, and I eagerly awaited the snow to do it again this year. Below is a collection of a few I’ve taken so far. I’m sure there will be more to come. 🙂