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Pictures for Pam, Day 32: Macro Monday 2.0: Nature's Chrismon (+3 insets)

Pictures for Pam, Day 32: Macro Monday 2.0: Nature's Chrismon (+3 insets)
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I kept waking up last night thinking about this week's Macro Monday theme: Advent. That's kind of a tough subject for me because although I am very spiritual, I am not religious. I felt pretty moody about the issue because it seemed kind of blatantly Christian. But instead of getting ruffled, I decided to focus on one of the suggestions: candles.

Yesterday I rummaged around and found a few candles, put some Christmas lights up and played around for half an hour. I was pretty happy with the results except that I should have been back further to get better dof on the candle itself. In any event, I picked out three images that I liked and got them ready to post today. (See the insets)

Except that...well, last week the topic was "Light Bulb" and I sort of did the very same thing except I used a light bulb instead of a candle. Where was my originality? I was annoyed—I hadn't produced the quality I would have preferred and I hadn't pushed myself to think outside the box or grow in any way.

Finally giving up on sleep, I opened my laptop and began reading about Advent symbology. Candles, wreaths, Christmas trees, etc., but then I stopped on a word I didn't know: Chrismon. What that heck was a Chrismon? It's the joining of the word "Christ" and "monogram" and is an ornament that's usually white, but not always. These ornaments can be free-standing decorations or placed on a special Christmas tree that only has Chrismon ornaments—it's called a Chrismon tree.

Ornaments can be made from many things that have specific meaning. For instance, evergreen trees represent eternal life. The traditional number of four candles represent the four weeks before Christmas. Each has its own meaning: hope, joy, faith and peace. Even colors have meaning. I thought it was all very interesting. I had no idea that Advent and Christmas were brimming with so many symbols to convey such deep meaning.

To bring this together with my picture, a couple of days ago I took a walk along our ridge line. Although I was hunting for mushrooms, I couldn't stop myself from finding other things along the way. At one point I looked down and discovered a Black Oak acorn cap sitting on an enormous Ponderosa Pine cone. I was amazed and shook my head, considering the odds of that happening. I loved the way this pair looked so I took a set of pictures. I'd looked at the pictures on the computer and loved the dramatic look of the image.

While learning about Advent symbology, I discovered that pine cones are often used because they signify death and resurrection, and acorns signify good luck and rebirth. My specific input is also that the acorn springs forth from the acorn cap.

The second I put those two nuggets together, the joyful smile on my face warmed the whole room. Nature had provided me with the perfect picture, one that represented who I am and my kind of spirituality! Hooray!

Pam, my idea of Advent when I think of you is the coming of your return to good health. Let us hope that each week that comes to pass, representing hope, joy, faith and peace combine together and bring that gift to you. Many *hugs*!!

Explored on 12/11/18, highest placement, #1.

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45 comments - The latest ones
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Awesome shot and PIPs!
22 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
22 months ago.
 klaus 040
klaus 040 club
The black oak cap on the pine cone is fits good with the topic. Those cones are an often used decoration tool in the advent decoration.
I love the colorful backgrounds in your candle PiPs
22 months ago.
WOW! Amazing colours and textures.
Superb framing.
Fabulous work.
22 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Now you've explained the acorn cap on the pine cone, I now realise how minute these are in your picture. Your PiPs are great, but I much prefer your initial photo. Thanks too for the description of a Chrismon tree and also the various explanations for Advent.
22 months ago.
LotharW club
Bokeh Zauber. Toll!!!
22 months ago.
Anji. club
C'est magnifique ! Bravo !
22 months ago.
 Christine Schiller
Christine Schiller club
perfect! ... awesome shot and PIPs *** fabulous work , Janet !
22 months ago. Edited 22 months ago.
Ruesterstaude club
Der Lohn der Mühe, Janet, Ende gut, alles gut!
22 months ago.
 Sami Serola
Sami Serola club
Superb tones on the main image! =O

And beautiful PiPs =)
22 months ago.
Sami Serola club has added
And excellent story once again! It so well reflects also my feelings on the given topic. No personal religious attachment, but the topic provides so many interesting stories about symbolism and culture! And that way one manage to find also one's own meaning.

This time of the year is after all packed up with "anticipation". We are waiting for holidays in form of time spent with love ones, or off from work, or time to relax and maybe finally read the book we have planned to read for ages ... Or this is simply the season when we feel exhausted because of the darkness outside, and we just wait the year turn to new again =)
22 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
So beauriful again. Like the textures, the composition and the colors very much ! Good Morning, Janet !
22 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Beautiful warm colours and details Janet.
22 months ago.
fragglerocks club
Lovely series.
22 months ago.
 Wierd Folkersma
Wierd Folkersma club
Excellent pictures and lovely story. You really got into the subject.
I am not a believer, but still advent for me is like a meditation.
22 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
un resultat magnifique janet !!
22 months ago.
Annemarie club
magic also the pip's

( I had news from Pam...she is doing slowly better..I am so happy...........)
22 months ago.
neira-Dan club
belle macro et série
22 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
WOW, a marvelous macro, Janet **********************
22 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
22 months ago.
 Citoyen du Monde
Citoyen du Monde club
Waouh !!! c'est superbe ! tout simplement superbe !!
22 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
I have never heard of Chrismon either Janet. Thanks for enlightening us ;-)
The PiP's are beautiful. They would make lovely Christmas cards! Your pine cone shot is admirable and makes me want to go and arrange mine ;-)
22 months ago.
Nouchetdu38 club
A beautiful series and an informative and optimistic text!*******
22 months ago.
 aNNa schramm
aNNa schramm club
Good morning Janet, your story is wonderful.
And - I love your picture of the macro of the fir cone and the cover of the acorn.
As children we always looked for these covers with a longer style, it was always our pipe. I think few children will still know such games with simple means. Everything has become consumption in the meantime. Yes and especially at Christmas!
I have extra to the topic Advent and and ... I put an excursus under my photo, - because I cannot do much with this Christian symbolism.
I love winter and love nature.
with warm greetings aNNa*
today we have snow :-)))
22 months ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
very beautiful composition and adorable PiP series, everything excellent, well studied and done!!!
22 months ago.
Boro club
Excellente ***
22 months ago.
 Rainer Blankermann
Rainer Blankermann club
A beautiful and festive series.
Great light and colours. Beautiful setaiis! I also like the bokehs.
22 months ago. Edited 22 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Gorgeous, warm, earthy colours together with super shapes and textures! An impressive and evocative image Janet, beautifully captured.

Three first-rate images in the PiPs as well...........I particularly like the bokeh in each of them.

Fascinating facts too...........I'd never heard of Chrismon before I read this. Every day is a school day on Ipernity!
22 months ago.
tiabunna club
Lovely macro images, both the main image and the Pis. I found your narrative interesting and, as Keith says, there is something to learn daily on ipernity!
22 months ago.
 Percy Schramm
Percy Schramm club
Fantastic selection and really a very good idea for our theme. I think it's very diffucult to have some new ideas every monday. Your solution is warm, colourful and I like the bokeh. Great atmosphere, also with the PiPs. Wish you a fine week, Janet !
22 months ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
Une belle et grande image richement illustré par de beaux détails, j'aime beaucoup aussi les PiP haut en couleurs !************************
22 months ago.
uwschu club
Kerzen symbolisieren für mich den Advent, deine Fotoserie finde ich sehr schön. Besonders das erste PIP sticht da noch heraus, mit dem herrlichen Bokeh
22 months ago.
 Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley club
Love your story and the superb macro shot Janet.
22 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbe photo avec notes. Nicole.
22 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
dammit, Janet ;-)
a wonderful picture and I enjoyed your story, too. Of course I looked up Chrismon tree, too fast, I should have read your text first ;-)
The inserts are beautiful, but not to be compared with the main picture.
22 months ago.
cammino club
Beautiful main photo and pretty first PiP, because of the wonderful bokeh!
22 months ago.
polytropos club
I really like the three PIP's! For the main pic I first have to read your (always very comprehensive) story to recognize them as a pine cone! :-)
22 months ago. Edited 22 months ago.
 Adriana Grecu
Adriana Grecu
Belle composition!
22 months ago.
 John Lawrence
John Lawrence club
Very clever composition & narrative!
22 months ago.
Danielle club
Une présentation d'une grande BEAUTÉ +++++++
22 months ago.
 Gisela Plewe
Gisela Plewe club
Ich muss es immer wieder ansehen!
22 months ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
22 months ago.
micritter club
An incredible still life. The insets also. Amazing colors, details and perfect exposures including the candle flame. Simply outstanding work. I'll be back for the story.
22 months ago.
 Peter Van Lom
Peter Van Lom
Cool catch...
Nordic greetings.
22 months ago.
Chrissy club
Die Kerzenbilder gefallen mir auch, aber das Zapfenfoto mit Deiner Geschichte dazu ist natürlich der Hammer!
22 months ago.

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