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Copyright: Markus Peissard (Heaven) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-03
Camera: Minolta dynax 505si super
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-24 12:24
Viewed: 3522
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Christmas Tale

for you

One day, while I was crying my worries and my despair on the summit of a mountain, I suddenly felt a presence and it seemed to me that I even had heard a voice. Curious, I kept going to cock my ears when all of a sudden I felt something touching down on my shoulder. I didn’t move because I was afraid scaring away the apparition and then clearly heard the voice again:

“Listen, your Princess sends me, you know, the Princess you like to talk to during your lonely walks in your mountains. She’s so sad to see you crying and she would like to help you to be happy again. She invites you to express a wish - but just one - that will be accomplished instantly.

I smiled and said without hesitation:

Draw something soft for me!
Show me your pastels, your sensual paintings!
I need tenderness, sweet caresses.

Draw yourself!
Draw me!

You say it’s already done?
Where so?
Oh yes!
And here…and also here!

Thank you, dear Princess!


I will be absent for an indefinite time from TN, probably a couple of weeks. I need to find a certain distance to TN again. TN has become too important in my life. I put myself under pressure because I would like to answer every critique that concerns one of my postings. If I want to do this properly, it takes too much time. I also feel that I invest myself more and more, forgetting that we are communicating on a virtual world.

It’s time to take a break…

In this sense, I would like to wish you a merry Christmas and all the best for the new year that I hope will be full of positive and deep emotions for you.

Kind regards


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Draw something soft for me!
Show me your pastels, your sensual paintings!
I need tenderness, sweet caresses.

We shall miss you for sure Markus. But one has to know when they need a break. I hope it is not a long one...

Hello Markus,
Beautiful composition with a perfect title!
thank you from heart for your wonderful friendship and sharing, we will miss you just for awile and hope to see your posting soonest!
Sincerely wishing you and family:-
best regards goes to you always!
friend Tony

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-12-24 15:46]
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Hi Markus

A very touching photo and note, my friend!
It's true...if one looks closely at nature, he/she can discover art from the most basic form all the way to the most complex.
You show one of these types of art here superbly and i've seen similar photos on your website, too. I must tell you that these kinds of photos are very good for a relaxing therapy because you can just look at them and imagine all sorts of things, clear your mind of all that is cynical and ugly and just explore the endless possibilities of our imagination.
I like this - simple and abstract...sometimes we don't need anything more...and sometimes it can also be too much...

I'm said to hear about your decision, but i understand it perfectly! I did that too some time ago...
TN is very addictive and can grow on you a lot, until the point that you can't go to bed at 1 or 2 o'clock at night because you know that you didn't write as many critiques as you should have...and that's not healthy.
That being said, we will all miss you, but i back you up on your decision. Go, rest, relax and maybe take some new shots that will make you feel even better and after all that, when you feel ready, come back...we'll be here waiting :)

I'll also take this occasion to wish you a peaceful, warm and sincere Merry Christmas and simply and only the best of things in the year to come!

Happy Holidays and TFS my friend

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-12-25 3:55]

Beautiful picture!
It needs no words. Thanks for sharing!

Good luck to you, Merry Christmas and happy New Year!
I hope to see you here soon any way.

Hi Marcus

Merry Christmas and enjoy the rest and distance. TN is too addictive. I think we all understand. I have had to take a step back being unable to participate anywhere near as much I am would have liked to through ill health, but I appreciate the few short hours I get on TN far more now.

What a wonderful capture of the snow as well. I really like it.


Hello Markus
Wonderful wonderful scene you captured,
Perfect exposure,compositions and curves,
Superb shot.

Merry Christmas

I like me a lot this shot...
great shape and fine graphical view
well seen Markus
have a beauty time of holidays!!


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  • KJR (51)
  • [2007-12-25 11:01]

A most wonderful composition ... so beautiful, so soft, so tender ... and great note guidelines too.

Lieber Markus,
mit Deinem poetischen und hervorragend gestalteten Bild machst Du uns TN-Voyeuren den Abschied schwer. Ich hoffe jetzt, Dich wie abgemacht, im Januar zusammen mit Anee zu sehen.
Ein gutes neues Jahr wünscht Dir

Hi Markus,
I know how you feel. I have been dealing with a similar effect. Hence the reason for some low activy over the last couple of weeks. I do hope you will find some way to mix TN in your daily life without neglecting your real life. In the mean time, enjoy your break from TN but please don't make it a departure.
Before I forget. The photo is a stunner. I love the minimalistic feel to it. The organic shapes of the snow have created a wonderful piece of land.

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  • gail Gold Star Critiquer [C: 78 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-27 19:54]

HI Markus,
Beautiful picture.
P.S. no need to reply

Hi Markus!
This photo and your nicest words with it makes the most elegant good bye for this (I hope just a little) while and from 2007. And a perfect timing with reaching the magic 1000 points :)
I wish you and all yours to be very happy in the new year and wish you to get back with new powers, hopes and emotions (and new shots of course!)
I understand your feelings too, I had a problem with time the past weeks too, and I ended up the same - if I write one critique I will write 10 more so I stopped and just watched for 5 minutes once or twice a day.

To be honest as I see TN you are the one with the most distinguishable and ever surprising style my friend so it would be a great loss if you didn't come back!

All the best to you,

hi markus


aleks ;-)

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-12-30 13:02]

I am sorry i miseed this one my friend, it's truly beautiful and and so typical of your style. A little slice of sublime brilliance, these organic shapes are so well exposed and framed by you. It would be easy to not make this type of shot work, but as always you have succeeded. Very well done and a happy new year to you and your family!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-01-04 5:39]

Bonjour Markus,
Très belle photo pour prendre congé pour un certain temps de TN.
Etonnant ce qu'on peut voir dans la nature, si on laisse l'oeil se promener sans hâte. Merci aussi pour ton histoire. Tu es un grand rêveur.
Je suis forcée aussi de faire un break, mon ordinateur ayant rendu l'âme. Quant ä mes photos, je ne sais si je les retrouverai, on verra si une réparation est possible.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-15 7:33]

Hello Markus,
This is a very beautiful and sensual capture but it reminds me of when I was a little child (and closer to the ground!) and used to admire the shapes in the soft new snow that had fallen. It was so beautiful and soft and we used to lie down in it and make angels!!
No such lovely experiences here this grey winter!
Many thanks and kind regards, Ulla

hey Mark! Thanks for information I didnt know ;-) have to read TN terms :-)
..just amazing shot!|
Clara S

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