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A Special Christmas Wish

A Special Christmas Wish
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Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-16
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H9, Digital ISO 400
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Loot's Favourites 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-23 14:11
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Freesia laxa - A Christmas wish

Merry Christmas everyone and a very Happy New Year! This time last year I did not know any of you, and now, a year later, I feel as if I belong. Thank you all, for helping me to feel that way in your own and unique manner.

I do not have the ideal Christmas scene filled with snow, like we all imagine this time of year should be. It must sound odd to the most of you experiencing such a delight each year, but each time I see your "Winter wonderland" images, I wish I was there. With temperatures rising over the 40C nowadays I'll just continue to admire your snow filled images and let my imagination take me there. As red is the colour associated with Christmas, please let me present to you a gorgeous Freesia laxa, which I captured in the Vryheid Hill Nature Reserve.


My wish is that every enthusiastic photographer, from novices to the very experienced can transform their photography with simple techniques and clear creative principles.

To achieve perfect results - the main goal for most photographers, amateur and professional alike.

To believe that there is uniqueness in each particular subject, waiting to be discovered and captured.

To see each photograph taken as you're own piece of artwork - because you are an artist in own rights.

To never stop clicking as long as you see subjects worth capturing.

The ability to capture wonderful photographs in challenging circumstances, and that you end up with a photograph better than what you were trying to achieve.

To be inspired by the wonderful work from fellow photographers.

To capture the right mood, colours and composition in the way you imagined it.

And last but not the least.

To never stop admiring and appreciate the wonderful nature that surrounds you daily, no matter where you are or who you are.

I hope you enjoy looking at this photo as much as I took pleasure in taking it.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year all the way from Northern Ontario, Canada! Thank you for such a wonderful shot and wonderful wishes in this holiday season!!! This is what makes TN a truly wonderful site. :)
As a side note, I think that as much as you admire a snow filled Christmas, I always found it amazing that it can be that hot during this time of year. I cannot imagine +40C at this moment (especially that I just got home from a skiing hill :) I think internet is a wonderful tool as we can all enjoy and reflect on this season and learn from our experiences. Once again, Seasons Greetings to You and Loot and every other TN'er out there.

Best Regards,


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-12-23 14:56]

Hi Anna,the best whishes to you too and your family and thanks a lot for this wonderful pic and very specials words! Merry Christmas,Luciano!

hello Anna

excellentl close-up shot of the beautiful flower,
with fine POV and DOF, beautiful luminosity
and beautiful vivid colours, excellent sharpness and details, TFS

Merry Christmas to you and to your family


Hello Anna,
A Merry Christmas to you and Loot also, and I hope this New Year brings you joy and a horde of beautiful images as is this beautiful flower you have posted. The Stamen appears to be two hands held together as if they are praying for Good Will For All at Christmas. A bright, focused and exceptional composition,
Merry Christmas...

Anna, thank you so much for the very special Christmas wish with this beautiful photo.
Thank you so much for your friendship
Happy Christmas to you and your family.

Hello Anna,
I thank you for such a beautiful flower for the season greeting!
Also sincerely wishing as well MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
warmest regards

Hello Anna

This is a beautiful Christmas gem.
The clarity is terrific with sharp focus and detail.
Lovely light and vibrant colours.
The POV and placement in the frame is well done.
I must add that the idea of the traditional White Christmas that you speak of is a romantic notion,the truth is ,it is Christmas that helps make the Winter pass by for northerners.Christmas tends to occupy our attention during the days before the Winter Solstice when darkness is at it's peak.By the time the Christmas season is over and the bills start to get delivered (chuckle) the days are getting longer.The sun light a little more intense and even though the temperatures are then colder ,the sun makes up for it.Even though many people find snow to be a bother,most always wish for a white Christmas.
A little of the white stuff on the ground does make the days brighter too and nothing beats the beauty of a moonlit night sparkling on fresh snow.
Now ,having said that...I think a South African Christmas sounds pretty good too.I hope you and MF Loot have a great one.We presently have a winter storm watch in effect,and I promise to think of you when I am out there shoveling the stuff off my drive way.



Nice color and POV... I wished if there were some dew drops on the flower too... Nice Focus also... The green and red colors are simple so awesome...

Merry Christmas all the was from Chennai, India.

Thank you for sharing this beautiful flower.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-12-24 0:41]

Hola Anna,
perfecto foco y color,
bella composición.
felices fiestas y buen 2009.

Hello Anna,
Nice portrait of this beautiful flower,
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and to your family!
In Catalonia (catalan): Bon Nadal i feliç Any Nou.
Best Regards, Ferran.

thank you very much, what a nice choice for the holiday, greetings from the holy land, Ori

Hi Anna,
I really have to remind myself that Christmass in the southern hemisphere is a summer thing and has noting to do with grey skies and dead plants. I wouldn't mind some warm temperatures and some color in the landscape during christmas at all.
This is a great clean and sharp photo of a beautiful and delicate flower. I like the color contrast between the red vibrant flower and the green leaves. The few water drops are really lovely and add the extra sparkle.
I wish you and Loot a happy X-mas and a very Goodyear.

Merhaba Anna,her yeni bir yıla çok güzel dileklerle giriyoruz.Dileklerimiz tüm dünya için,tüm insanlık için,tüm canlılar için,barış ve mutluluk için.Her ne kadar kar manzaraları ile yeni yıl kutlamaları yapılıyor olsada,böyle iç açıcı ve nefis bir çiçekle yapmış olman benim için daha anlamlı.Güzel bir dünya dileğimle, birebir örtüşen bir kare.Açlık, sefalet ve savaş rüzgarlarının estiği dünyamızda,fotoğraf dilinin ve ğerçeginin yansıtmalarıyla her şey daha güzel olacak.Öyle ümidediyorum,sevgiler:)

Hi Anna,
that flower is so wonderful - and a good idea to present it as a Christmas-post. I wish you and Loot wonderful Christmasdays, enjoy the time. Thanks for your friedship and kind words, I'm happy I met you both here.
Bye and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-12-24 2:48]

Hello Anna,
wonderful colours and a lot of nice details. TFS
Merry Christmas to you and your family !

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-24 3:13]

Hello Anna,
Thanks for your fantastic photo and impressive note. May all the wishes come through!
I wish you and Loot Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Have a great time,

Ciao Anne, lovely christmas card with beautiful flower, great colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, Happy Holidays to you, ciao Silvio

hello Anna

The best choice of red and green for Xmas purpose and the macro is great for the mood. Very good focus sharpness in this capture and really good use of natural light for perfect exposure.

What is the spot on the leaf at upper right?

Wishing you and Loot Merry Xmas and Happy 2009.
tfs, bill

Hi Anna,
The bright bold color & very petals of your flower reach out to the viewer..
Extending heartfelt Christmas wishes.
You've enumerated them one by one, each line words to live by.
Insightful & most appropriate for the photographer that lives inside every individual. Because when it comes down to it, everyone's a photographer..
Some of us just have cameras ;}
Merry Christmas!

Ciao Anna,
anch'io sono felice di averti conosciuta ed aver percorso questo anno attraverso le tue meravigliose immagini e le tue note sempre interessanti ed appassionanti, come in questo caso, in cui non solo la perfezione tecnica raggiunge il massimo, ma anche il messaggio comunicativo in una composizione raffinata ed elegante, bellissime ad esempio le piccole goccioline. Tanti Auguri di Buon Natale e di un Felice Anno Nuovo a te e ai tuoi familiari.

Superb freezia flower for the christmas day !
I like the vivid colors and the sharpness of the heart of the flower
Merry Christmas to you and your family

ciao Anna!
the red colors of the Freesia laxa is
right moment for time of Christmas
perfect details and well composed
I wish you a peaceful Christmas with your family sERGIO

Hallo Anna,

A beautiful picture with a beautiful subject. I would like to wish you and Loot and all Treknature members, a very blessed Christmas, and may you have a wonderful 2009.

Kind Regards

Hola Anna,
Preciosa imagen de bella composición con buena definición, bellos y naturales colores, magnífica iluminación. Mis mejores deseos para tí y los tuyos. Un cordial saludo
José Ramon

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-24 8:59]

Hi Anna,
Merry Christmas and happy New Year to you and your family.I think it's a very special Christmas post.I liked colors,DOF,framing,clearity and composition a lot.Very well done!
Thanks for sharing.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-24 9:55]

Hi Anna,

You and I are in the same boat - no traditional Christmas symbols where we live. This beautiful red flower was a perfect choice. The colors, shadings, and composition are magnificent. I love your wishes for all of us on TN - and yes, looking at this picture is even more enjoyable than the joy you must have felt in taking it. I wish you and Loot a very Merry Christmas.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-12-24 22:31]

Thank you Anna, for this beautiful image and your special Christmas Wish List...
We normally have snow in Ohio this time of year, but as of right now it's been raining all day long. I just hope it doesn't start freezing like it did Tuesday night. The roads were a solid sheet of ice, and it made for some hectic driving.
Thank you again for the wonderful Christmas flower!!
Merry Christmas....

Hello Anna !
This flower makes a wonderful Christmas card, even without snow ! :-) Same in France, we do not have any snow either, only short grey days of rain, with heavy clouds akings days so ark we can think it is almost night. Quite boring, but pictures like this one bring some colors back in my life ! :-) Sharpness, details, colors, composition, POV and BG, everything is perfect on this picture, as usual from you. A year ago we didn't know you, but now you are a part of TN, of course, and your pictures as well as your notes and your comments ake this place even more wonderful. I wish there will be many more years like this.
Greetings from snowless France,

hello Anna ,
thanks for al of the good words you have
to ale the picture i have

i wish you a Merry Christmas
and a Happy Newyear

greeting lou

ps. i have so many foto's from poison frogs in the new year

Hi Anna!

Your Christmas picture is not only superb, it's also perfect from the technical point of view. And it needn't be snow for a good and sincere Chriszmas wish!

Your delightful flower is as convenient as a snow covered landscape. It's not the appearance that is important, but what the heart puts in it. And when I read your notes I can feel how much of your heart is in it...

Kind regards


Well, what more can I say Anna, except that you deserve the best of everything in the coming New Year!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you too, Anna!
This bright red flower speaks volumes about the warmth of friendship you have spread to TN community through your association with it in the past one year.
God bless and thanks for sharing this heart-warming picture you selected for this festive season.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-25 23:47]

A Merry Christmas to you and Loot and may your photographic aims for 2009 come true, Anna!
A fine Christmassy capture of this Freesia laxa, taken with technical excellence. The striking red colour goes well with the natural green BG and the POV is excellent.
A superb capture, thanks for sharing it together with your Christmas message and all the best,

Dear Anna,
thank you for your wonderfully vital, heartwarming Christmas presentation that brings vibrant energy into our northern hemisphere days of coldness and darkness.
With all my best wishes to you and your family for a happy, exciting and joyful New Year!

Hello Anna,
It is a visual delight to see this beautiful bright red flower. Excellent sharpness, POV & an excellent photographer's note. In fact, Mumbai, where I presently live is also miles & miles away from the actual Christmas scene. However in India at a short & affordable distance only one can see the desired snowy melieu to Hawaiian feast. TFS this bauty with all of us. Wish you & your family a very prosperous Happy New Year 2009.

Hello Anna,

Excellent close up.
Wonderful colours with fantastic definition.
Light,focus and sharpness are splendid.
Good notes.


Hello Anna.

Excellent macro, nice composition and colors,
Very good details.

Happy new year.
Jose Luis.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-27 6:51]

Hello Anna,
I saw your beautiful Christmas greeting the other day but life has been a bit hectic so I didn't get much time for TN!! This is a lovely composition in wonderful colours and I appreciate your note too and want to wish you a nice and peaceful weekend to recover from the celebrations and I hope you'll have a very Happy New Year!
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-12-27 7:23]

Hello Anna,
stunning capture of this beautiful Freesia-laxa.
the colour and sharpness are perfect.
Have a beautiful day

Hi Anna,

A beautiful image of a beautiful flower, and a most wonderful message expressed in your words. May you have a most wonderful New Year.

Thank you,

Resumiría esta fotografía en dos palabras: sencillez y elegancia. Sencillez por los pocos elementos representados, y elegancia por haber sabido jugar con ellos de manera artística y efectiva. Precioso trabajo.

Muy bonito también tu escrito y gracias por tus deseos.

Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-27 14:57]

Hi Anna,
what a beautiful flower!
The colours are amazing!
Very good clarity.
Superb DOF.
Great detail.

Well done,

p.s I hope you had a Merry Christmas!

excellentl close-up shot of the beautiful flower,

Hi Anne,
I´m agree with you, for me Christmas is a warm day, this year there was 34ºC and cost a lot to imagine snow. Thanks for the good wishes, I think is appreciated by people of all creedences,: christian and non christians, believers and not believers.
A very nice image with traditional Xmas red colours

Hi Anna, hope you and Loot had a great x-mas night. A splendid capture of this red beauty in fine composition. i also wish you and Loot a happy NY.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-30 19:59]

Hello Anna,
Seasons Greetings to you and Loot. What a lovely image to share with us for the Christmas season, beautiful red flower and green foliage. Thank you too for your words Anna.

Hi Anna,

Nice flower have you here photographed.
Good pov, dof and beautiful colours.

Have an very good and healthy 2009 and the same for your husband Loot.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-12-31 6:04]

Hi Anna,
really splendid. such a beautiful red on green background. Very sharp and clear indeed. I like looking at the stamens which are unique and well matching colours with the rest.
how lovely nature occurs. We appreciate them tremendously.


Dear Anna,
As we used to say in Hungary: "we're wearing the same shoes". I mean I also haven't had a so-called "Christmas image" with pines covered with snow etc., because here, in the middle of Europe we do not have snow now at all! Momentarily it's around minus 8 degrees Celsius, and the ground's totally naked... I'd like to be in that 40 degrees now... :)
Your image's more than simply 'good'. Excellent exposure and focus, not to mention blurry background. Some noise here and there on the petals, but all of us know this kind of red is very uneasy to capture.
Tfs this unique Christmas / New Year wish, have a very happy 2009. Respectful regards, László

Hi Anna,

This is truly gorgeous capture of a flower. Very pleasing framing and natural in colors stands out very well against the green background. The details of the petals and stamens are registered perfectly and worth a poster on the wall. Well done and TFS.

Best regards,

Hello Anna
I just love this one. Absolutely beautiful! Stunning photo with brilliant colours, the red is breathtaking and you have captured the particulars so well. This is beyond comment. Fantastic in all aspects - top notch quality. This is one of those images that catches the eye and attention immediately, and keep it there.Thanks for the lovely message you brought across in your note. Your warm and pleasant personality speaks for itself in this note.
Warmest regards
Aaltjie & Hettie

Bonjour Anna,
Très délicate attention et splendide macro très finement détaillée.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-25 10:01]

Hi, Anna.
I have missed this shot when our Internet was failed. Wonderful greeting card. Details of the flower are fantastic as well as the vibrant colours. I love DOF. All flower with nearest leaves are crisp sharp and simple BG is nicely blurred and harmonizes with main subject perfectly. Bravo. Perfect work.

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