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Ring out the old, ring in the new,

Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1850

Have a super new year 2009 in every way!

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

“WREATH with Red Berries”

Actually, it is not a ‘wreath’ – I’ve just made it look that – tis a branch of a tree! Take care n do keep well n swell. Rii xx

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Coming or Going …

Our weather does not know whether it is coming or going presently; that is to say if the winter is finally at its end as in the photo underneath

Grass in the Glistening Snow

or if the spring has finally sprung on us and staying?!! Every other day it is winter and then the next day it is spring; and so it goes round and round week after week this year!

Branch of a Tree

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PICTURE PERFECT: CONTRAST


This week’s theme on

PICTURE PERFECT
is

CONTRAST

I call this picture:

FIRE & ICE!

The FLAMING HOT FIRE of the orange rising sun in the photo looks like a fireball had burst on the scene, and the contrasting extreme cold and frost on the branches and on the ground look so chill-into-your-bones ICY C-O-L-D. Brrr….

Day Breaking over the River

It was an extremely cold day, as it was minus 36*C or thereabouts, when I took this shot of FIRE & ICE and a selection of other similar photos in Finland in February 2007. Some of the photos were taken in the morning of that day when the sun was rising, and the others slightly later in the afternoon as the sun was setting. There is a collection of these photos in this link.

Tis for now, Rii

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PICTURE PERFECT: A Song Title

The theme this week on
PICTURE PERFECT

is
A SONG TITLE

This RHAPSODY in BLUE is my contribution. The photo was taken during the holidays in December in the Finnish countryside. This title came to me while looking at the photo; for to me, everything is dancing: the falling snowflakes, the lights on the pier and even the trees are swaying….

Rhapsody in Blue
Rhapsody in Blue is a musical composition by George Gershwin for solo piano and jazz band written in 1924, which combines elements of classical music with jazz-influenced effects. The composition was orchestrated by Ferde Grofé three times, in 1924, in 1926, and finally in 1942. The piece received its premiere in a concert entitled An Experiment in Modern Music, which was held on 12 February 1924, in Aeolian Hall, New York, by Paul Whiteman and his band with Gershwin playing the piano. The version for piano and symphony, orchestrated by Ferde Grofé in 1942, has become one of the most popular American concert works.
Gershwin hastily set about composing a piece, and on the train journey to Boston, the ideas of Rhapsody in Blue came to his mind. He told his first biographer Isaac Goldberg in 1931:
“It was on the train, with its steely rhythms, its rattle-ty bang, that is so often so stimulating to a composer – I frequently hear music in the very heart of the noise… And there I suddenly heard, and even saw on paper – the complete construction of the Rhapsody, from beginning to end. No new themes came to me, but I worked on the thematic material already in my mind and tried to conceive the composition as a whole. I heard it as a sort of musical kaleidoscope of America, of our vast melting pot, of our unduplicated national pep, of our blues, our metropolitan madness. By the time I reached Boston I had a definite plot of the piece, as distinguished from its actual substance.” (Wikipedia)

All of the themes rely on the blues scale, which includes lowered sevenths and a mixture of major and minor thirds. Each theme appears both in orchestrated form and as a piano solo. There are considerable differences in the style of presentation of each them.

Tis for now, Rii

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Here is the bonus:

GALLERIA: On a cold & frosty…

Here we go round the mulberry bush,
The mulberry bush, the mulberry bush,
Here we go round the mulberry bush,

On a cold and frosty morning— AHEM — Afternoon…
Tis for now. Rii
TREE trunk with sunrays
Sidewalk, Stream and Sunrays framed SERENE but Frosty Tis Frosty, Folks The Last of sunrays for the daySun is not warming my frostbiteTREES & STREAMS
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Picture Perfect: REFLECTIONS


“Men seek for vocabularies that are reflections of reality. To this end, they must develop vocabularies that are selections of reality. And any selection of reality must, in certain circumstances, function as a deflection of reality.” Kenneth Burke

re·flec·tion (noun)

1. The act of reflecting or the state of being reflected.
2. Something, such as light, radiant heat, sound, or an image, that is reflected.
3. a. Mental concentration; careful consideration. b. A thought or an opinion resulting from such consideration.
4. An indirect expression of censure or discredit: a reflection on his integrity.
5. A manifestation or result: Her achievements are a reflection of her courage.
6. Anatomy
a. The folding of a membrane from the wall of a cavity over an organ and back to the wall. b. The folds so made.

Reflections

This photo of mine fits the bill for reflections, methinks, with these moody, sentimental, reflections on the river…

WONDERFUL 2008 for ALL. Rii

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”Look for Interesting Reflections and Shadows Reflections and shadows lend a touch of artistry to an otherwise plain picture. They can provide meaningful contrasts (such as an old building reflected in a modern high rise) or depth (such as the shadow of trees along a wooded path).” How to take better pictures site online.

Here is the bonus with the SUPREMES “REFLECTIONS” released in 1967. “Reflections” made it to #2 on both the Billboard Pop Singles charts and Cashbox during the summer of 1967. In 1987, the TV series China Beach used “Reflections” as its theme, and included the track on its soundtrack album. The song was the namesake for the 2004 musical Reflections.