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Christmas Card Art

The best Christmas cards can have some great art. I particularly liked these two (click either image for more by the artist):

“Homeward Bound”, a digital painting © by Carla Vize-Martin

“Winter Run” © by Giuliana Lazzerini, much of whose work is influenced by the Tuscan landscape and her childhood memories

Wishing everyone a very happy Christmas, and a peaceful and prosperous New Year!

One of my favourite desktop wallpapers (click image for large version), photographer sadly unknown

More winter landscape wallpapers here

“Moonlight Wonderland” by Urmo Parts, a National Geographic photographer who hails from Järlepa, Raplamaa, Estonia (map link), and whose other work is well worth exploring

North Bay's Timothy Joseph Elzinga snapped this amazing lightshow in the Northern Ontario sky on January 6th, using his cellphone camera.

It isn't the Northern Lights, but a phenomenon known as Light Pillars.

Light pillars appear when either natural or artificial light bounces off ice crystals floating close to the ground.

In this case, the air was so cold (-18°C or about 0°F) that ice crystals were forming in the air, reflecting the city's street and business lights.

"It looked like someone from Star Trek was trying to beam people up," Elzinga said.

"It was very bright in person, like nothing I've ever seen. It almost seemed supernatural."

Timothy also made a video of his experience, which you can see here.

“Last 2016 sunrise”

“Moonrise over Mt Baker

Some great photography by Rakan Alduaij (worth seeing full size, as is his other work)

Untitled photo © by Olesya Pominova - another find on the fine pages of Jerzee55sst (Jerry)

(Click his tag to see lots more of his good stuff that I have gratefully snaffled over the years)

Click either image above for more on this amazing place, and there are lots more links about it here if you are interested.

If you like this...

[More about Giuliano Mauri]
[More about Bergamo]

“A warm Farewell” by Scott Ruthven - from the fine pages of Jerzee55sst

© Mary Engelbreit Enterprises, Inc.

Mary Engelbreit is a graphic artist and children's book illustrator who launched her own magazine, Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion in 1996. She writes:

“This is a variation of a card I did years ago for the St. Louis Art Museum. It featured a bench that is in the museum's fabulous collection (although I embellished this one a little!)”

Another great share by Sandy (overthetrail) (Sandy is nowadays mostly on Facebook, but click her tag for many more nice things that I have snaffled from her).

“Winter Skaters” (1906) by Wassily Kandinsky - one of my favourite paintings, kindly found for me by Ceara

“Solitary” by Mary Pettis

Gratefully snaffled (as so many others) from the fine pages of Jerzee55sst - thanks again, Jerry!

“Surrounded by the Italian Alps, Funes is blanketed by a layer of crystal white snow every winter.”    —photographer: ewitsoe (exceptionally recommended)

Shirakawa-go is a small, traditional village known for its incredibly steep roofs that were made to withstand some of the heaviest snowfall in the world.”    —photographer: Miyamoto Y

Vyborg lies on the border between Russia and Finland and is surrounded by the Saimaa Canal, which freezes over in winter. From the castle tower, the entire town is visible in its snow-capped beauty.”    —photographer: EGRA

This page is unusual in crediting, and linking to, the sources of all of its photos, including the three shown here - sources that are well worth following up!

Many thanks (again) to Renaissance2007 (Julian) for this find.

A sample of the beautiful photography of Anna Ådén, a fine art and freelance portrait photographer living in Umeå, northern Sweden (click each image for the various sources)

I found this photographer here on the beautiful pages of Annie Hall, and I was introduced to Annie (as to so many beautiful things and people) by ensemble5. A visit to both of these Categorians is highly recommended.

If you like this...

[Try clicking the winter or sweden tags, among others...]

"Eagle's flight", a White-Tailed Eagle in the Czech-Moravian Highlands, © by the Czech photographer Zdenek Ondrasek

One of many treasures to be found on the fine pages of Toetie.

"Old Friends", 5th December 2012

A group of gravestones in the old cemetery in a nearby meadow. The inscriptions are almost faded - all I know from the dates is that they lived their whole lives during the reign of Queen Victoria

A beautiful fox picture (author unknown), one of a set shared by Elegantlady - thanks, Roberta!

It's been raining here for what seems like forever... I wish it would snow!

And if by any chance you haven't seen it already, don't miss...

[The funniest, coolest Christmas video ever]

"House in Winter" by Scott Prior, one of my favourite artists

Found on the always beautiful pages of expressioniste (Aline) (I always love her Christmas posts).

"Surviving Winter" by Amy Bennett

Thanks to Gatorindo (David) for finding this picture, and to bristol3 (Sharon) for tracking down the artist!

(Two people whose pages are well worth visiting, BTW.)

It's snowing here!

We hardly ever get a White Christmas in southern England (except in movies) but with all this climate change that isn't happening, who knows?

[More selections from classic Peanuts...]

"Beinn a' Bheithir" by the superb landscape photographer John Parminter (needs to be seen full size)

Thanks to Lexlu4 (Lex) (who has some great landscapes on his pages) for this one.

Two of my screenshots from the computer game Syberia

I am no expert on computer games - I don't get much time to play them.

I do, however, enjoy really good adventure games that involve problem solving rather than shooting. The best of these games seem to me to be amazing works of art and technology. Developing these games must be not unlike working on a movie blockbuster such as The Lord of the Rings.

Syberia, created by the Belgian comic artist and video game developer Benoît Sokal, is (as of January 2012) the highest-ranked game in the GamingExcellence adventure game ratings, and having played it over the last month or two I am not at all surprised.

If you are interested, I have reviewed this and some other excellent adventure games here on my web site.


"thROUgh tHe aRCh" (taken in Arezzo, Tuscany) by the Italian photographer David Butali, whose other work is well worth checking out

One of many treasures to be found on the wonderful pages of hhj.

One of many breathtaking (and sometimes beautiful) sports compilations put together with "epic music" by derDon1234

Thanks to my friend Louvain95 (Lou) for this one!

Wonderful photography © by the Russian photographer and artist Anka Zhuravleva

I found Anka here on the beautiful pages of SansMots.

"Winter morning", one of many fine works © by the Croatian photographer Boris Frkovic
(who also has his own web site here)

"Snow and Mist at Corfe Castle" by Andy Farrer, whose other work is well worth exploring

Corfe Castle is located on the Isle of Purbeck (actually a peninsula, not a true island) in Dorset, England.

[More from Dorset or England if you click the tags]


Péruwelz ("Stone-water") is a very ancient municipality in the Walloon (French-speaking) Region of Belgium. It is built on the river Verne Noire (from Celtic Vernos, "a brook lined with alders") - more on the location here.

This nice image is another winner of one of's frequent photography theme contests, many of which are open to photographers of all abilities.

"In The Elbank, Hamburg 1886" by the Norwegian impressionistic artist Frits Thaulow

"3 Cats"

"Winter Skies"

Some very nice photography by Samaryantha, a very talented English lady whose photography site has moved (you can find it here but you won't find these images there, at least not yet).

Winter in England 2010 - a White Christmas!

23rd December, early morning... still snow on the ground

24th December... wind picking up, temperature hovering around freezing...

...and today, 25th December, we have our first White Christmas for a very long time.

Wishing everyone a very happy Christmas (whatever the climate), and a peaceful and prosperous New Year!

[More of my winter pics...]

Winter (early) in England - December 15th, 2010

7th December... 5 degrees below freezing, misty...

... resulting in some interesting frost patterns!

It got less cold a few days later, but now (15th December) the arctic air is on its way down to us again...

[Cold front, November 16th]

"Moonlight - Maritime Alps, undated"

"Azopardo River, 1922"

"The Road Roller, 1909" (I love the dynamic quality of this one)

Paintings by Rockwell Kent (1882-1971)

Diana has some great stuff on her SumbleUpon pages. She introduced me to this artist and also to a great art site - thanks, Diana!

(When I find out where she has moved to, I'll update this!)

"Snow Blowing in the Pass, 1940" by Harold Weston (1894-1972)

I can almost feel my ears tingling...

"Enough Snow"

"Spring Lady"

"Winter Sprite"

"The Homeplace"

"Winter Calm"

Some wonderful images of winter by the multi-talented photographer and digital artist Ron Jones

If you liked this...

[More images of winter]

"Golden Glow"

"Winter Stream"

Some wonderful paintings of New England by Aldro Thompson Hibbard (1886-1972)

From the page:

Landscape artist Aldro Thompson Hibbard discovered the state of Vermont when he was a young man, and his subject matter never strayed far from winter scenes for the next half century.

Much of his work depicts Vermont's covered bridges, ox teams, sugar houses and towns tucked down in snowy mountains. Hibbard consistently drew inspiration from winter landscapes--boats abandoned on the shoreline and waiting for the spring thaw, people bundled in wool and cutting ice from a frozen river.

Aldro Hibbard is also known for landscape paintings done around his home in Rockford, Massachusetts, along the New England coastline, and in the Canadian Rockies. He produced a large body of work during a long career, much of it concerned with sensitivity to light and shadow...

Thanks to my friends Alison and Eftychia for introducing me to this artist.

(Last posted: December 23rd, 2009)

This is the coolest and funniest Christmas video that I have ever seen. However blue you are feeling, this will cheer you up!

I posted this last year but can't resist doing it again.

The music, by the way, is sung by Clyde McPhatter (Santa) and The Drifters (reindeer). The animation is by Joshua Held.

Merry Christmas to everyone!

Snow in England, December 2009

Early morning, December 18th... We woke up to a winter wonderland!

The joy of being retired... I don't have to break into my car, just walk the dog!

Milo is definitely a snow dog

Trying to get on the OTHER side of Milo so he doesn't have his back to the sun...
the trouble is, he thinks it's a game and he's a lot faster than I am!

... did you spot the chilly wood pigeon in the previous photo?

A new walk-friend of Milo's, a cross between a Pug and a Cavalier King Charles - this one had a lovely temperament

There's a slightly Narnia feeling about this...

My second-ever HDR photo. The upper and lower parts come from two different images at different exposures, and a lot more work after that! My little Lumix camera will take three photos in rapid succession at different exposures, and even without a tripod it wasn't hard to align two of the images in different Photoshop layers. I temporarily used the "multiply" blend with one image inverted so that I could see both images at once, and used the Move tool and arrow keys to nudge one layer a pixel at a time. There are fancier ways of doing HDR but this worked fine for me with Photoshop 7.

23rd December... we nearly had a White Christmas, but this was the last properly snowy day.
For those who didn't have to travel, the last 6 days have been great!

[My Photoshop page]

Bleinheim Palace in the snow

A scene from early 2007, taken in the grounds of Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire by my daughter Rachel

"Winter" by Oleg Zhizhiyan

The photographer obviously felt that this snowy landscape lacked a certain something!

Snow in England February 2009

This was a cold, very clear night just before the snow started. The picture above is of the Moon and Venus, the least bad of many failed attempts to capture something approaching what they actually looked like!

Although I didn't notice it at the time, I could swear that not only is there a crescent of sunlight on the Moon, but on Venus as well. Furthermore, the planet being so much further away and at a different angle to the Sun, the crescent of sunlight on Venus (reflecting off the planet's total cloud cover) is much further advanced. Perhaps any astronomy experts will tell me whether this is just an illusion from the photograph!

Early morning... the snow that is still covering most of the British Isles is just starting...

England doesn't often get real snow across the whole country for any length of time, because of the prevailing Atlantic weather and the warmth of the Gulf Stream. About once in 20 years or so we get a prolonged period of cold air from northern Europe and Scandinavia - and then this happens. I am sure that folks living in parts of the world that regularly get snow will be having a good laugh!

One meteorologist said that the nearest similar winter he can remember was 1962-63. What worried him was that with these very similar air conditions, it is actually much less cold across the country than it was then.

Season's Greetings to everyone!
(Original post: December 22nd, 2008)

And thanks to sniffles for finding this lovely snowman picture for me last year
(it's called "Playing in the snow", by Robert Duncan)

(Try clicking one of the tags at the top of this post... they work on other people's blogs too, unlike SU!)

"Into the night", by Alexander Volkov

(rediscovered for me by expressioniste - thanks again, Aline!)

Saint-Jean street in Quebec city, by Gaetan Chevalier

"Old Friends", one of several nice dog paintings by John Weiss

I couldn't resist swiping these from my friend expressioniste. Thanks, Aline!

If you like "Old Friends"...

["A Family Album Portrait" by Nadya Kulagina]

A nice seasonal winter photo by Andreea Teodorescu, who writes: "This a scene from Azuga, a picturesque ski resort of Prahova Valley, more precisely a view from a small bridge over Azuga River. In the BG, between the trees, we can see the Bucegi Mountains (the Caraiman Massif). In Azuga, there is the longest ski slope of Romania, Sorica ski-slope."

Trekearth (Learning About The World Through Photography) is a nice site, with many good photos.

Thanks to my friend csforest (Crista) for this one!

Moonlight through snow-covered trees reflected in smooth water... a beautiful wintry photograph - click the picture to get it as desktop wallpaper