Raindrops are like fairy whispers.  ~Author Unknown

I think this photo is my favorite shot of 2011, I don’t think it’s my best work but it still makes me smile so much. When I look at this I am reminded of how magical the world is. I can’t believe this little fairy fly stuck around… for 6 frames even! I call it a fairy fly because it reminds me of these ones I found earlier in the fall floating around, it’s hard to see them until their wings catch the rays of sun. I did not see the fairy fly in this photo until I downloaded my shots. I was busy focusing on the beautiful raindrops, it was a like an unexpected magic trick to see this cool little one appear! I love the way the veins in the wings mimic the upside down tree branch reflections.

This year I’ve spent bliss~filled hours discovering tiny treasures in nature, I love that my new camera has given me bionic eyes to see MORE than I can with the naked eye. Each time I wander on my hikes, I know I’ll find something new and interesting to photograph. As the weather gets colder, me and my dog are often the only ones on the trail, but I never feel alone, I feel embraced by the magical world that keep revealing itself in new ways.

Do you have a favorite photo you took in 2011?

May your holiday season be filled with enchantment ❤

P.S. I’ve been listening to PRI podcasts lately and this one on ‘The Uses of Enchantment’ has some great stories about ‘magic as a way of seeing the world’.


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  1. #1 by intomind on December 19, 2011 - 11:47 am

    awesome photo!

  2. #2 by ladyfi on December 19, 2011 - 12:35 pm

    What a gorgeous photo! Love the fairy fly – and that drop so full of magical promise.

    Have a wonderful Christmas!

  3. #3 by beth on December 19, 2011 - 12:42 pm

    we are being so blessed….as is michigan i think….with a warm winter……and i am loving it !!

  4. #4 by sandy on December 19, 2011 - 5:08 pm

    The drops almost look like ice. Great reflections!

  5. #5 by Susan D on December 19, 2011 - 11:53 pm

    Christine your fairy flies remind me of something I witnessed earlier this year out my back door….dancing in the wash were drops of light twinkling…I figured that it had to be some sort of bug because it literally twinkled as it went through the wash and there were several of them …. I have not seen them again …. your photo reminded me of the moment and how I wish i could have your eye and ability to “catch” the beauty….thank you for sharing, thank you for inviting me to look at the details within the big picture, thank you for you….I love you, S

  6. #6 by pattisj on December 20, 2011 - 12:50 am

    I love finding surprises when I download photos. This fairy fly is so perfect next to the water droplet.

  7. #7 by ZORRO on December 20, 2011 - 2:18 pm

    Soooo cool!!!… awesome querida! Besos!

  8. #8 by Shea on December 20, 2011 - 2:41 pm

    i loooooovvvvveeeee you

  9. #9 by Hilary on December 20, 2011 - 3:07 pm

    That’s a beauty of an image. Don’t you just love when magic shows up as this insect did. It happens to me every now and then and it feels like a gift.

  10. #10 by Marcie on December 21, 2011 - 8:10 am

    Exquisite! I can definitely see why it’s your favorite!

  11. #11 by sdiekmannphotography on December 23, 2011 - 4:52 am

    Really awesome!

  12. #12 by countingducks on December 24, 2011 - 5:16 am

    I’ve really enjoyed your Blog and meeting you throught it this year so I’m stopping by to wish you a very happy Christmas

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