The ghost of Christmas past

All our snow melted and we ended up having a green Christmas.

This is nothing new – I found these shots of my dear, departed Oscar

About to enjoy a Christmas Eve swim under a canopy

Of perfect reflections from a few years ago.

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A timely reminder that there is beauty

And  joy and light in the world.

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68 responses

  1. I like your colorful vanishing point and a reprise of that sassy dog, Oscar. Best wishes in the year ahead!

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    December 29, 2016 at 17:17

  2. Beautiful!

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    December 29, 2016 at 17:31

  3. Awesome light and colors in your beautiful photos. Thank you !
    Best, Synnöve

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    December 29, 2016 at 17:48

  4. So beautiful remembrance of Oscar! and such lovely portrait and a mix of colors in the sky! ps. we had a green Christmas, as well! best regards to you!

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    December 29, 2016 at 17:55

  5. wonderful memories!

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    December 29, 2016 at 17:55

  6. I might have mentioned this before but your Oscar looks a lot like my beloved childhood golden retriever named Maggie. She was my sister. Hahaha. Thank you for sharing Oscar with us! So good to see him again! Merry Christmas Past! Xx Ka

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    December 29, 2016 at 18:11

  7. With love I remember Oscar.
    It was a wonderful dog.
    Well, that is his successor.

    Fiona, your photos are excellent.

    May God spread prosperity and joy in your life on this New Year and fulfill all your dreams.
    Happy New Year.
    Lucja

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    December 29, 2016 at 18:11

  8. Don

    Lovely to see that shot of Oscar. The memory lingers on.

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    December 29, 2016 at 18:15

  9. Quite enjoyable photos from the past! Good to see Oscar back in blog. A good reminder of him

    Happy New Year

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    December 29, 2016 at 18:31

  10. sweet, sweet Oscar

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    December 29, 2016 at 18:33

  11. Hello, I love the shot of Oscar and the beautiful sky and reflections. Beautiful images. Enjoy your day and the weekend ahead! I wish you all the best in 2017, Happy New Years!

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    December 29, 2016 at 18:40

  12. Awww! It was so nice to see Oscar! Have a wonderful New Year’s!! 🙂

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    December 29, 2016 at 18:50

  13. Oh, Fi, how wonderful to see a photo of Oscar. I’m sure he is still sorely missed. Our elderly Golden, Lindy, has become a couch potato in her old age, and we watch her closely to see that she is still happy. We know we will have to help her out when the time comes, but not yet. She still enjoys her daily traditions, and easily adapts from my list of Lindy-Things to her daddy’s larger list. They have quite a production going early in the morning while I’m still asleep…food, meds, veggies, all in a certain order which I don’t follow. He has been away for a few days, visiting his daughters farther north. I’ve been sniffly and snuffly and didn’t want to pass my sniffles to any of the grandsons.
    Cheers from here in icy Alberta. Wishing you and your wonderful family all the best in the coming year. I did manage to remain healthy over Christmas, and cooked more food than was required by our two selves, a daughter and son-in-law, and a grandson and granddaughter. I’ve vowed never to cook Christmas dinner again, and threw out the roasting pan to prove my point.
    Hugs to all of you, and the dogs,
    Kay

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    December 29, 2016 at 19:44

    • Glad to hear Lindy is happy, despite her age. I’m sure you are taking the best possible care of her! Much love to you all.

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      December 30, 2016 at 08:04

  14. Sweet Oscar! Wishing you all a beautiful New Year!!

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    December 29, 2016 at 20:37

  15. Beautiful memories of a beautiful boy.

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    December 29, 2016 at 20:42

  16. Oh, brilliant skies, brilliant Oscar, always the poser.

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    December 29, 2016 at 20:52

  17. A fine shot and look back. Happiness to you in the new year, Fi.

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    December 29, 2016 at 21:31

  18. Beautiful memories and stunning photos. Wishing you a very happy and healthy 2017 x

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    December 29, 2016 at 21:48

  19. …you come up with some mighty amazing skies!

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    December 29, 2016 at 22:18

  20. Great sky and lovely dog.

    I saw this carefully painted in script on the window of a pet store in Greenwich. I thought you might like it.:-

    “A dog is the only thing on Earth that loves you more than yourself”

    😀

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    December 29, 2016 at 23:07

  21. Anonymous

    Super picture of a great dog!

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    December 30, 2016 at 00:36

  22. So beautiful! All the best for the new year 🙂

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    December 30, 2016 at 01:05

  23. Al

    Such sweetness and beauty.

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    December 30, 2016 at 01:48

  24. Ron

    “A timely reminder that there is beauty

    And joy and light in the world.”

    Thank you so much for sharing that reminder, Fiona, because you’re right….there IS so much beauty, joy and light in the world!

    Stunning captures! And I love that you shared the picture of precious Oscar.

    Have a lovely weekend, my friend. And Happy New Year!
    X

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    December 30, 2016 at 03:06

  25. Beautiful, and what a great shot of Oscar. You should publish a book about him! xoxoxo

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    December 30, 2016 at 03:23

  26. Beautiful views. I really like that first shot.

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    December 30, 2016 at 04:34

  27. Well, I can imagine your disappointment in a green Christmas. And how you must miss your dog…..Hope the new year brings you luck, peace and happiness.

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    December 30, 2016 at 06:05

  28. how beautiful!!!

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    December 30, 2016 at 06:53

  29. Wonderful to see dear Oscar again. What a gorgeous sky and reflection in the water. Thank you again for all the joy your photographs bring to us throughout the year, showcasing your piece of Paradise. Sincerely wishing you a healthy, happy, safe and prosperous 2017. Looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful country.

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    December 30, 2016 at 07:48

  30. Oh, so so very beautiful!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

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    December 30, 2016 at 10:14

  31. Happy New Year, Lady Fi. Beautiful shots, as always.

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    December 30, 2016 at 12:10

  32. Great sky, reflection and colours. Oscar is of course the great model! He is sooooo cute!

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    December 30, 2016 at 12:43

  33. Jim

    Magic

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    December 30, 2016 at 12:53

  34. Our Christmases are generally brown and spring-like. The colder weather usually follows afterwards and that’s just the way it is this year, too. I love the photos! The pink streaked skies reflecting off the water is beautiful and Oscar looks so handsome. I’m sorry to read that he’s no longer with you. I always enjoyed seeing how you used him in your photography. I know it’s sad not having him around but you have a lot of good memories tied up in your photos of that pup! Have a good day and may 2017 bring you many good blessings!

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    December 30, 2016 at 12:55

    • Oscar died two years ago, and we now have two other adopted dogs… so life is good as are my memories of my best boy.

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      December 31, 2016 at 09:18

  35. A beautiful remembrance of Oscar … and a beautiful sky shot too!

    Sending good wishes for the New Year ahead

    All the best Jan

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    December 30, 2016 at 12:56

  36. Lovely shot of Oscar! We carry our dear departed (our ghosts) in our memories as long as we can.

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    December 30, 2016 at 14:04

  37. Awe. Lovely!

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    December 30, 2016 at 15:24

  38. You reward our visits beautifully!

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    December 30, 2016 at 15:43

  39. have a happy New Year!
    🙂

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    December 30, 2016 at 16:20

  40. Ela

    Happy New Year !!

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    December 30, 2016 at 16:57

  41. Many thanks for sharing all the wonderful images throughout the year. May 2017 be more productive and peaceful.

    Worth a Thousand Words

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    December 30, 2016 at 17:42

  42. yogiabb

    Beautiful shot, happy New Year to you and your family!

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    December 30, 2016 at 17:45

  43. Wonderf shots, I love those reflecting lines in the clouds.

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    December 30, 2016 at 21:28

  44. I love that shot of Oscar… and the look of anticipation! Happy New Year to you!!

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    December 31, 2016 at 04:00

  45. Perfection, and that wonderful jetty into the water. Remembering oscar.

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    December 31, 2016 at 04:24

  46. So gorgeous! You are the reflection princess!

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    December 31, 2016 at 07:03

  47. beautiful images fielld with great memories. A gift!
    Happy New Year. You will hahve new memories with your new companions 🙂

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    December 31, 2016 at 13:15

  48. Great post and pics.
    Greetings.

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    December 31, 2016 at 14:00

  49. Gott Nytt år..
    Hoppas det blir ditt bästa nyår någonsin..
    Nicki med familj..

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    December 31, 2016 at 15:25

  50. Nice pose by Oscar

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    December 31, 2016 at 20:34

  51. Coloring Outside the Lines

    Beautiful! Happy New Year!

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    December 31, 2016 at 22:44

  52. Beautiful! Happy New Year!!

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    January 1, 2017 at 04:30

  53. Stunning photos nice colors and reflections
    Happy New Year

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    January 1, 2017 at 08:57

  54. de belles découvertes dans ces lieux magiques

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    January 1, 2017 at 09:38

  55. Loving memories of Oscar. Stunning sky! Happy new year to you and yours!

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    January 1, 2017 at 09:55

  56. A beautiful new year to you….i celebrate your gift to find and see beauty
    and appreciate your voice in the world.
    Much joy,
    Jennifer

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    January 1, 2017 at 18:52

  57. What a lovely sight this is to end a year and start a new one. Happy 2017!

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    January 2, 2017 at 05:09

  58. Thank you. Now, more than ever, we need these reminders.

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    January 2, 2017 at 06:16

  59. Breathtaking captures!

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    January 2, 2017 at 07:24

  60. Lynn

    Lovely that Oscar appears in this post. A green Christmas – sounds lovely, too.

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    January 2, 2017 at 15:35

  61. Gorgeous. Oscar was such a fine fellow!

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    January 2, 2017 at 19:47

  62. Wow!!! What amazing colors in the sky!

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    January 5, 2017 at 00:45

  63. Awww! So nice to see Oscar, he was such a beautiful dog 😊

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    January 5, 2017 at 13:23

  64. I love the depth of the photo with the Oscar – it really draws you in. Nice!

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    January 6, 2017 at 06:30

  65. Diana Joy

    Beautiful photos. Love the sky colour.

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    January 7, 2017 at 12:02

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