<< Previous Next >>

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas
Photo Information
Copyright: Hilary Wilkinson (Hil) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-24 11:10
Viewed: 4806
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates this holiday.

I've haven't posted for a while but thought I'd make an effort for Xmas, this little guy was all puffed up to keep out the cold, I liked the way he was sitting between the two branches as he almost looks jammed in, I just hope he kept away from the nasty thorn.

Hopefully I'll be back more in the new year, I need a new camera so hopefully Santa got my list, lol

The Legend of Robin Redbreast

From 'A Christmas Stocking' by Louise Betts Egan

On that first Christmas, it is said, the night was wrapped in a bitter chill. The small fire in the stable was nearly out, and the Mother Mary worried that her baby would be cold. she turned to the animals about her and asked them for help.

"Could you blow on the embers," she asked the ox, "so the fire might continue to keep my son warm?"

But the ox lay sound asleep on the stable floor and did not hear her. Next, mary asked the donkey to breathe life back into the fire, but the sleeping donkey did not hear Mary either. Nor did the horse or sheep. She wondered what to do.

Suddenly, Mary heard a fluttering of little wings. Looking up, she saw a plain, brown-coloured little robin fly into the stall. This robin had heard Mary calling to the animals and had come to help her himself. he went over to the dying fire and flapped his wings hard.

His wings were like little bellows, huffing and puffing air onto the embers, until they glowed bright red again. He continued to fan the fire, singing all the while, until the ashes began to kindle.

With his beak, the robin picked up some fresh, dry sticks and tossed them into the fire. As he did, a flame suddenly burst forth and burned the little bird's breast a bright red. But the robin simply continued to fan the fire until it crackled brightly and warmed the entire stable. The Baby Jesus slept happily.

Mary thanked and praised the robin for all he had done. She looked tenderly at his red breast, burned by the flame, and said "From now on, let your red breast be a blessed reminder of your noble deed."

And to this day, the robin's red breast covers his humble heart.


Once again Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrate, and hello to everyone else

billynewboy, siggi, nglen, jconceicao, hester, eqshannon, CeltickRanger, marhowie, jaycee, eng55, iris, jeanpaul, Alex99 has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

Hello Hil
What a fantastic capture of this wonderful Robin
Your Right..He does look a bit wedged and plump between the frosty branches.
I hope you get your desired camera for xmas!
Happy Christmas and all the Best

Hi Hil,
Excellent capture of this beautiful Robin; great POV and composition, sharp details and bright colours.
Best Wishes!

  • Great 
  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-24 11:36]

Hello Hilary,
POV, pose you captured, catchlight in the eye and color tones look very nice. TFS
Best wishes,Merry Christmas and happy new year.

  • Great 
  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-24 11:52]

Hi Hilary. A cute Robin You have taken on the cold and frosty day. I like the pose with ut looking straight at the camera. His red breast stands out from the white frost. wel ldone TFS.

Have a Happy christmas and New Year.

Hello Hilary,

Fantastic picture.
Beautiful colours with excellent details.
Lighting and composition are splendid.


  • Great 
  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-12-24 12:26]

Hi Hilary

This is a wonderful capture of the festive robin. I love the POV and the wintery scene. I also love his plump shape. It is sharp, detailed and well exposed. Lovely Christmas note as well.

Merry Christmas


Superb Hil...It looks like an ornament on the tree! Seriously! In thumb anyway...Lots of Robins and robin lovers in the UK eh? Back in Ohio same thing..but out here in Washington and in California..not as much interest..Very good Holidays to you!

hello Hilary

beautiful shot of the Robin posed on frosty branches,
with fine POV, beauituful luminosity, excellent sharpness
and details, TFS, i wish you yor new camera in 2009,

Merry Christmas to you and your family


Hello Hil

A lovely capture of this robin.
The light and colours are very good.
Well placed in the frame.
The setting is terrific.

Have a very Merry Christmas


Great Christmas post Hilary, the cute little robin looks wonderful framed in those frosty branches there.
Nice details, color, and POV..
Cute story. Let's fan the flame today hey :)
Best wishes as well,

  • Great 
  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-25 10:08]

Hi Hil,

What a cute, cold, puffed up Robin. I get cold looking at him surrounded by all the frost. He has a grumpy expression on his face and I don't blame him. Great choice for you Christmas photo. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas.


  • Great 
  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-25 10:11]

Hi Hilary,
Lovely capture of this robin.POV,details and pose of bird are excellent.
Merry Christmas and thanks for posting.

  • Great 
  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-28 14:10]

Hi Hil,
a lovely shot!
Well composed.
Nice colours.
Great exposure.
Seems pretty pixelated on my moniter though.
Superb DOF.

Well done,

p.s I hope you had a great Christmas!

  • Great 
  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-01-03 6:11]

Dear Hilary
I am also pretty much out of the circuit, but thought just as you did to to make a brief appearance during the New Year.
I enjoyed looking at your little fluffed robin between the branches as much as I enjoyed reading the 'legend of robin redbreast'. For those like me from a different faith and from another part of the world, this is a really beautiful story...so warm and heartening ..i am sure many of you grew up listening to it...
I like the tight parallel branch composition too with the snow around and in the BG and the colours of the robin brightening up the scene.Fine contrasts and sharpness.Thanks so much for sharing
Wish you and family a peaceful and healthy New Year
P.S: I sure hope Santa heard your wish!

Hello Hilary
Superbe, impressionnant,le jeu des couleurs est magnifique les détails aussi.
Bravo et passe une belle année 2009 a toi et ta famille...JP

  • Great 
  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-03-11 9:43]

Hi Hil.
Extraordinary picture of a wonderful bird at so fine scenery. Quality of the image is simply outstanding. All is brilliant, however, I am impressed most of all with the terrific exposure of the image. In a word, fantastic work and so suitable for the date. Bravo.

Calibration Check