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Merry Christmas TN!

Merry Christmas TN!
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Copyright: Howard Cheek (marhowie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5731 W: 1197 N: 98] (486)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-05
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS USM, Digital ISO 1000
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-17 8:00
Viewed: 6252
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A heartfelt Merry Christmas to everyone at TN.

This is where I started when TN was in its infancy, and "home" is where the heart is..If only in fond memory.

I still think of TN as my home, in spite of my abrupt departure.

Best wishes for a Happy New Year!

Be Well,


And thanx for lookin' :)

zetu, goatman04, nasokoun, uleko, CeltickRanger, horias, siggi, roges, eng55, maurydv, flashpoint, loot, jaycee, Luis52, Miss_Piggy, cicindela, Noisette, oanaotilia, SelenE, Hormon_Manyer has marked this note useful
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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-12-17 8:05]

Hello Howard
Wonderful capture! Thanks for sharing and I'm waiting more photos from you.
Merry Christmas!

Hello Howard,

An excellent close-up shot with beautiful colors, sharpness & natural setting. Very well taken & presented.

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year to you & the family.

Best wishes & regards


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-17 8:16]

A Merry Christmas to you and your family too Howard!
Thanks for this superb Christmas card too. I like the pose of the featured buck taken in fine lighting against a great BG.
Thanks and best wishes for 2010!

hello Howard
high quality greeting card, Merry Christmas to you!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-17 8:23]

Hello Howard,
I'm so glad you're still there although not so active any more! It is hard to keep away! This is a wonderful Christmas Greeting that I do appreciate and I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas and Happy and Healthy New Year too!
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

hello Howard

Merry Christmas also foor you, TN is your home Howard
and with Gert and some others you are TN's patriaches,
a very beautiful photo of the White-Tailed Deer
with fine POV, excellent focus sharpness and details, TFS


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-17 9:49]

Wonderful capture and great dedication!
Congratulation for this lovely work!

Ciao Howard, Merry Christmas to you too, my old friend, great capture of superb creature, fantastic light, fine details, beautiful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-17 12:45]

Hello Howard.
A wonderful picture for a wonderful day.
Very nice close-up with cute scene, excellent reproduction of the animal and wonderful surroundings. Warm word of greetings. My best wishes to you and Merry Christmas.
Best regards Siggi

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-12-17 13:17]

Hello Howard,
Super capture. Beautiful details and colors.
A special dedication to TN.
Have a quiet evening,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-17 13:22]

Hi Howard,
I wish Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for you and for your family too!It's a wonderful post.Well caught and composed.Excellent POV,lighting and composition.Very well done!
Thanks for posting..

Hello Howard,
a fantastic Christmas card, a first class picture.
Merry Christmas to you and your family
Best wishes

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-12-17 15:12]
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Howdy MF

It took a wee while since the last posting (you kept us waiting for a whole month), but
all is forgiven with this fabulous shot (chuckle). You're talking about "in spite of your
abrupt departure", but I think perhaps you shouldn't see your brief Sabbatical in that
light. TrekNature is in you blood my friend and you will not be able to divorce yourself
completely from it. Yes, you might go a wandering for fleeting periods, but in the end
you will know this is where home is after all you said it, "home is where the heart is".
This is the place where you always could find fulfilment in your beloved hobby and it
is the place where your tracks lies deep and sure. Through the years and through the
ups and the downs you have made good friends on the site and that wonderful magnet
will always draw you back. Sorry, I didn't want to get too personal, but you know where
my heart is.

A wonderful and blessed Christmas to you, Mary and the rest of your beloved family.
"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is

Take care MF and see you in 2010.
Warmest regards

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-12-17 15:59]

Hi Howard,

It's so good to see a post from you after all this time. A wonderful subject for a Christmas card and done perfectly. This Buck is magnificent with superb lighting and composition. A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-12-17 16:57]

Hola Howard.
Merry Christmas to You To. and please recibe my best wishes to You and all Your familiy for the next coming Year.
Ps. nice to see You here again with this first class photo My friend.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2009-12-17 18:26]

Kia ora my friend
Good to see you Howard - and it's lovely to see one of your beautiful neighbours, and with the autumn colours splashing in the BG.
You are heading for the colder weather and we're into summer now - but I won't complain about the heat.
All my best to you and Mary, and I'll quote Loot's scripture for you too:

"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful."

Amen to that
Love from Janice

Dear Howard
May I say welcome home, and thank you for visiting. I agree with your statement "Home is where the heart is", as I feel the same about the Trek Nature site and all the members as part of my family. May I too wish you and Mary a very Merry Christmas and may 2010 be the year that all your dreams, resolutions and all other unspoken wishes come true.
You could not have used a better subject as this lovely antelope with it beautiful, innocent eyes that sends out a message of peace and goodwill for this festive season. The pose, the composition and the surrounding in which you have captured it is great. May you be blessed. Best regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-18 8:18]

Hello Howard,
Fantastic photo on this Christmas card. The light is gorgeous. Very sharp and an excellent POV and composition.
Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year too.

Hello Howard!
Very nice Merry Christmas potcard :) I like compostion and details.
All the best for you and you family too!
Merry Christmas!
Friendly yours,

Hello Howard
i wishe you also a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !
beautiful capture of this deer with broken antler
great pose and very sharp details
Have a good night

Hy Howard
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you also!
An extraordinary capture!
Kind regards,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-12-29 12:28]

Hi Howard,
I like the expression you captured. Background colors look lovely too. Merry -past :o)- Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family
All the best,

A very Happy and prosperous New Year to you and your loved ones, Howard!
An amazing shot with perfect timing!

Hi Howard
Happy New Year to you & your family.

Regards from Sweden

Hi Howard,

I'm a little late to wish merry Christmas and so, but better later than never, so I wish You & Your loved ones a peaceful and productive 2010.

I'm glad You partly returned, You sometimes post new photos and You still think about TN as "home". We also think and see You as one of the most important persons / photographers of the community (in spite of Your abrupt departure), who has great technical skills, fantastic photos and useful advices in his critiques... so this is the season of hope for us, too, that You'll return to TN, maybe fully again.

About Your photo: I choose it as one of my favorite images. It tells more than my words.

Tfs, friendly regards from Hungary, László

beautiful capture, TFS Ori

Dear Howard,
being totally out of time, I noticed right now that I haven't commented this very touching and beautiful contribution of yours yet.
I would not mention now all those artistic and technical standards being on the highest level here as with so many of your valuable contributions to this site over the years. It is the noble and thoughful style of how you have commented your abrupt departure from TN.
A departure that still is very much regretted by so many of us here.
The main reason why I didn't respond to your posting any earlier: I have become a rare guest on this site myself, and obviously for different reasons than you: With me, it has just been the need to drastically reduce the portion of my free time spent in front of a computer. This is caused by a heavy workload in my job, some problems with my neck and my shoulders, and the decision to spend as much time as possible either outside in nature, or spending it with my family or friends nearby. It has nothing to do with any bad feelings against TN - I am still very grateful it exists as a place of sharing inspiring observations of nature, and I am happy to visit it every now and then.
I am touched by those words in your notes that also you are still thinking of TN as your home.
With thanks, and all my best wishes to you,

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