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December 24, 2009

Into Another Decade
Thursday. One aspect of my visiting my sister's that seems set in cement is my early morning drive to a local Starbucks for a cup of black coffee and The New York Times, a ritual similar, of course, to the daily sojourn to my morning café for breakfast (and the papers). Reliable positive experiences, no matter how many times repeated, no matter how many cups of coffee drunk, no matter how many depressing stories read. We are creatures of habit, I guess. I am anyway, at this time, at this age.

A bit late in posting yesterday (as in posting this morning), but a sign of a good time had here in Oregon. I'm looking forward to Christmas and the family party this weekend in Seattle. While it was foggy and rainy yesterday, the sun appears to have come out this crisp Christmas Eve, so the spirits seem bright.

And the spirits wouldn't have seemed bright if it were raining?

Now, now. We are into bright spirits whatever the weather. There is something called Christmas cheer, after all, and I am nothing if not cheerful at Christmas. The rum drinks alone would guarantee a smile, don't you think?

Later. Well, Merry Christmas everybody. Happy holidays. My sister and I did run around shopping and the like and took some pictures at her favorite images places, basically small ponds here and there with water birds around. Geese and ducks and such. She's been using one my cameras, the D2Xs instead of her current point and shoot model and has discovered the joy of pressing lightly to hear a crisp snap instead of waiting for the camera to fire at its own pace (as the subject duck ducks out of the frame). Interesting to watch.

So I'm tired, Christmas Eve now upon us, I think I'll kick back and charge the batteries for the big day tomorrow.

Christmas Day?

Four days past the winter solstice, the days are growing brighter and the sled is headed straight into another decade!

The photograph was taken of the Christmas tree at the Oakland City Center with a Nikon D3S mounted with an 24 - 70mm f 2.8 Nikkor G lens at f 5.6 at 1/3200th second, ISO 200.