In the spirit of the Winter season.  Here's some scenic snow shots taken in previous years.
No snow photos for this year…yet!

Uncle Buck paying a visit..

Dragon Fly chilling on a deck...

A bird gathering the makings for a nest…
A new year.   Fresh starts.  A new beginning.

Like many, I enjoy looking back at past photographs that I have taken. Looking at the photograph brings me back to that moment in time and the memories that accompanied it.   

I took this photograph about a year ago but it wasn't until recently that I noticed the broken piece at the top of the cement frame.  You see, at the time I took the photograph, I was so focused on the beautiful architecture that I didn't even notice the broken piece.   

This is reminiscent of the past year.  There were some broken parts and some beautiful parts. 
The gift was lessons or blessings that came from the broken parts.  
The beautiful parts - well they were just that - beautiful.

That's my new year's wish for those reading this - to find the beauty.

Tomorrow marks Winter Solstice; the shortest day and the longest night of the year.  
It seems like just yesterday, I was kicking up my heels celebrating the longest day of the year which was June 21st.
Ahhh, the long days of Summer.

Most of us have a favorite season but each season brings forth its own unique beauty.
The stillness after fresh snowfall in Winter, the newness of blossoms in Spring, the warmth of the sun in Summer, 
and the beautiful changing of leaves in the Fall.

Just like the weather, each one of us goes through different seasons in life.  
Some sunny.  Some stormy.  Some are our favorites and others not so much. 
We don't get to choose the seasons in life but we have a choice of how we embrace them.
Seasons over time will define our character. They make us who we are as individuals.

Each season brings forth its own unique beauty.  You just have to find it!





Today's date is 12-13-14. That certainly doesn't happen too often.
So what is the relevance of the berries and the date?   Um, nothing.   
I apparently just like taking pictures of red berries!




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Picture perfect weather.  Breathtaking views.  Interesting history.

The photos below capture The Forty Steps, a dramatic stone staircase that drops down the side of the cliff to a balcony over the sea along Newport's famous Cliff Walk.

The history of this spot is interesting.  In the early 1800s, Irish immigrants started coming to this corner of Rhode Island in large numbers to work the coal mines in nearby Portsmouth. During the Gilded Age, Emerald Isle immigrants began to settle in this area known as the "Fifth Ward" a working-class neighborhood sandwiched between Newport’s commercial waterfront and the opulent oceanside mansions of the rich and famous.

The Forty Steps were a gathering place for the servants and workers from the nearby mansions. 
The Irish sang songs they brought with them from across the sea, danced away summer nights, and embraced Newport as their own.  Oh, if those steps could talk - the interesting stories we would hear.

Picture perfect weather.  Breathtaking views.  Interesting history.  
It was one of those days I felt blessed to experience a little piece of heaven on earth!

Side View of The Forty Steps.  The ocean and sky are endless.
The Forty Steps looking up towards the beautiful blue sky.
Looking over the Cliff Walk stone wall. Spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean.