The pond usually offers opportunity for an interesting photo or two, but today it seemed vacated except for a cow that had come down to the opposite shore for water. Wild ducks, geese and great blue herons are normally on the ponds at this time of year, but not today. It was here almost a year ago that I finally captured, in photo, the great blue heron. I named the photo, "Were You Too Cold to Fly?" which seemed appropriate since I had spent well over a year stalking this fine gent (or lady) only to watch him fly away. Looking back over my photos taken this past year, it seemed to me that this one definitely deserved to win the Chip Butter Award for this year's best.
|Were You Too Cold to Fly?|
So, having chosen a "This Year's Best," it seemed I should also choose a second and a third place winner. It wasn't hard to choose the second. It just had to be a photo of Zeke, this year's Father Christmas doll. It was four long years ago that I made my first cloth and clay doll whose name began with the letter A. Feeling quite proud of myself, I told the whole wide world that I was going to make a doll for every letter of the alphabet. I don't think I ever believed that I actually would, but twenty-six dolls later, here is Zeke.
The third runner-up proved to be the hardest. I finally selected a picture of the pond taken today, appropriately named "Last Reflections of 2014."
My old calendar is almost filled now; 365 little squares marked and scribbled on. As always, I am excited to be starting a new calendar and a new year, and hope you are too.
Thanks for coming along on what may be this year's last walk along The Chip Butter Trail. Best wishes to you all for a Happy Happy New Year!
|Last Reflections of 2014|