Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry and/or Happy Whatever You Celebrate

I thought today would be the perfect day to unveil the photo used on this year's holiday card. I did not use any of the photo candidates that I wrote about here. Instead I was lucky enough to snap a snowy scene on the 7th of December. So without further ado, here is the photo used for the holiday card 2008:

These are Echinacea (commonly known as Coneflowers). Echinacea are my favorite perennial. They come in a wide variety of colors and styles. Butterflies love Echinacea. That's an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail taking a sip:

After blooming, birds can eat the seeds from the cones. I haven't yet been quick enough to catch some American Goldfinches feasting, but will one of these days!

Here's an American Goldfinch male in my backyard thinking about eating Echinacea seeds in the Fall.

I hope that whatever you celebrate, and even if you don't celebrate, that you have a joyous holiday season.


  1. Qwill,

    your shots are beautiful!

    Wishing you & yours, joy & peace.

    Hugs to Dyl & Rebecca ;-)


  2. Thank you, Kaz!

    I will definitely pass along those hugs.

    Hope that you are having a wondeful holiday season.

  3. Beautiful pics, and a lovely sentiment to go with them. Thanks so much for sharing Qwill. Happy holidays to you and the kids (and dad, of course!).
    P.S. You took the pic of the coneflowers on my birthday - I feel special :o)

  4. Hi, Leslie. That's neat the I took the picture on your birthday! And, of course, you're special! Thanks for sending wishes to my Dad!

    Happy Holidays to you and yours!!

  5. I got your card last week. It is wonderful and just love the pic!

  6. Thank you, Rottie_mom. The most difficult part of the entire card making process is picking the picture!