Well, I survived the holidays. We had a wonderful Christmas tree; a beautiful Douglas Fir that my daughter and I cut down from our property. I will hate to un-decorate it and haul it outside to the brush pile but all things must pass. Winter is settling in up north. So far this year we have had approximately 3 ½ feet of snow at my place. Tonight and tomorrow the forecast is for another foot. The woods look very picturesque with pillows of white decorating every branch. The temps have been quite cold as well. A significant portion of Lake Superior, down in the narrows near Duluth, is already frozen with large patches of ice. This is rare for this early in the winter. I am looking forward to many opportunities for photographing crisp clear winter light. It is one of my favorite subjects–fortunately for me considering where I live. Along these lines of thought, I have written a couple of articles this month about Clarity. I hope you enjoy them. I welcome your suggestions. The snowshoeing, skiing, snowmobiling, dog-sledding, and of course winter photography are fantastic up here this year. If you come north make sure you drop by the Gallery-the teapot is always on.