1. Image Credit: Auld Lang Syne - Copyright 121218 contrariaN creativE

    May a new dawn open a vibrant, healthy, and rewarding chapter in your life for 2014.

     
  2. Image Credit: Flying High - Copyright 131224 contrariaN creativE

    Gulls carried aloft

    biting winter winds curl leaves

    dogs howl for Kibbles

     

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  3. Image Credit: The Well-Worn Path - Copyright 131224 contrariaN creativE

    "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

     
  4. Image Credit: The Griffon - Copyright 131205 contrariaN creativE

    The Griffon is a powerful ancient mythological creature - part eagle and part lion. 

    This Celtic symbol of duality is known for its positive attributes: nobility, justice, gentleness, trustworthiness, vigilance, and strength. If misused however, these virtuous traits can be transformed into negative qualities: selfishness, vengeance, and violence.

    Care must therefore be taken when invoking such a mighty spirit whose fiery forces are only revealed in moments of greatest need.  

    The Griffon occupies a place of honor in many cultures, often portrayed as a stone-faced beast whose commanding presence reflects his remarkable role as guardian and protector of all life, a sacred task to which he remains loyal even in the afterlife.

     
  5. Image Credit: Blue Peacock Copyright 131224 contrariaN creative

    Royal blue peacock

    struts gracefully among ferns

    slugs complain of cold

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  6. Image Credit: Tin Man’s Tools & Toys - Copyright 131218 contrariaN creativE

    The Tin Man was pleased he had finished his stint working with those weird elves at Santa’s North Pole Toy Factory.

     
  7. Image Credit: A New Dawn - Copyright 20131224 contrariaN creativE

    A new dawn breaks, a new life is born, a new world is created.

     
  8. Image Credit: Welcome to a White Winter - Copyright 131205 contrarian creativE

    I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, and the sound of a gentle stream flowing through the silence of bending boughs, fallen leaves, and gracious ferns.

     
  9. Image Credit: Blue Balls - Copyright 13123 contrariaN creativE

    There’s something about a basket of blue balls that says, "I’ll have a blue, blue, blue, blue Christmas without you."

     
  10. Image Credit: Christmas Decoration - Copyright 231128 contrariaN creativE

    Festive decorations adorn windows everywhere; let’s hope that warmth, peace, and hospitality accompany the symbols of the season.