A Solstice Carol

559R-15822V-1570V-2151The Winter Stars, a Solstice Carol (c) 2000 by Gary D. Bolstad / KrikitMusic.  Please click on an individual photo for a higher-resolution image.  Happy solstice to all!


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17 Responses to A Solstice Carol

  1. All gorgeous but my favourite is the frozen hinge and leaf :). Are you all ready for Christmas my friend?

  2. Vicki (from Victoria A Photography) says:

    Stunning images Gary.
    I love the trails in the snow of the last shot – not easy to take photos in the snow and get the exposure just right, but you’ve captured this scene perfectly.

    • krikitarts says:

      That was a once-in-a-century opportunity–3 feet of snow at one time in northern Virginia. It happened in February 2010 and paralyzed the entire DC area and shut down most government functions for several days. As for the trails in the snow, I’m happy that I was not the one who made them, as he (or she) missed the road by a couple of meters. All things considered, however, it was so beautiful, and so peaceful, and makes for a wonderful memory!

  3. I love your winter wonderland photos, but the leaf encased in ice is a stunning photo…Well done.

    • krikitarts says:

      You probably don’t get many chances to see ice like that unless you get into the high country out there–but there were a couple of ice storms recently, we hear–were you anywhere near them? If so, I hope you weren’t driving!

  4. Mike Powell says:

    I remember that storm, Gary–it was amazing. Your photos and words are beautiful, reminders of times past and hopes for new beginnings.

  5. krikitarts says:

    It really was amazing–and another foot or so fell on top of it just a couple of days later. It took more than a week for things to get back to anything near normal. And that was one of the best parts!

  6. Meanderer says:

    Beautiful, Gary – both words and images. I can imagine singing those words accompanied by a guitar around a warm toasty log fire!

  7. seekraz says:

    Very nice, Gary…and I absolutely love that last image…a snow-covered and canopied trail…wonderful. :)

  8. Adrian Lewis says:

    Super pictures, Gary, I like them very much – especially the 2nd down, which benefits greatly from the leaf’s contrasting colour. But I can’t sing, so you and M will just have to duet, while I hit the booze … anything to help out ….

    And with the solstice you’ve hit upon something close to me, for what religion I have is now very firmly earth-centred. Good stuff! Adrian

    • krikitarts says:

      It’s always fascinating to me to find out who out there prefers a certain image over another, and for what reasons. Thanks for sharing your good opinion. As for singing, whenever we get the chance, I’m confident that M and I would be delighted to do a duet for you–provided you share your libation with us, that is!

  9. Wow! These are simply beautiful! Makes me miss a white Xmas …

    • krikitarts says:

      Most of the snow disappeared by Christmas Day and nearly all of it was gone by the end of a very warm (60F) yesterday, but there’s still a bit where the shadows persist–and it’s much colder today, so it will still be around for a while. It does help the holiday mood!

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