Cranberry Cotoneasters and Peace on Earth


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In front of our home. 4:04 PM, Sunday, December 13, 2009. (Click photo to enlarge.)

Years ago, Bill planted Cranberry Cotoneaster shrubs in front of our home. They died about three years ago, most likely due to some sort of disease. We liked the characteristics of those shrubs so much that two summers ago we took a chance by planting Cranberry Cotoneaster shrubs again. (Click here for the pronunciation of “Cotoneaster.”)

I’m such an amateur with my camera.  However, I’ve at least been going two steps forward for every step back in my photography learning curve. I had fun Sunday and Monday messing around with different ISO and exposure settings.  Yes, I want a great product (great photos), but for these photos of the lights melting the snow around them, the process of being outside in the elements was my…um…focus.

11:46 PM, Sunday, December 13, 2009. (Click photo to enlarge.)


11:54 PM, Sunday, December 13, 2009. Standing outside, facing the front of our house (facing north). (Click photo to enlarge.)

I was by myself when I took the midnight photos.  The air was crisp and, except for the crunch of snow under my boots and the sound of the shutter, there was no noise. As our military serves our country to defend our freedoms, I’m thankful for these Sunday night peaceful moments.

9:06 AM, Monday, December 14, 2009. From inside our home, facing south looking out over the Cranberry Cotoneaster shrubs.

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2 Responses to “Cranberry Cotoneasters and Peace on Earth”

  1. Marti Gunderson Carlson Says:

    The photos are beautiful. Loved the audio link giving the correct way to pronouce cotoneaster. I can just imagine what it was like being outside at midnight – the stillness and peace – and I join in your gratefulness for those who serve to preserve that peace.

  2. Peg Says:

    I can’t say it any better than Marti. Everything–pictures and feelings and gratefulness you convey–truly beautiful. And true “Christmas moments” all their own. I’m so glad you took the time to let us into those moments. Love you, Louise!

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