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"From the centre of the ceiling of this kitchen, old Wardle had just suspended with his own hands a huge branch of mistletoe, and this same branch of mistletoe instantaneously gave rise to a scene of general and most delightful struggling and confusion; in the midst of which, Mr. Pickwick, with a gallantry that would have done honour to a descendant of Lady Tollimglower herself, took the old lady by the hand, led her beneath the mystic branch, and saluted her in all courtesy and decorum."
--The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens

...Happy New Year to everyone! (I had a spot of bother with my broadband and didn't get to upload an image for today so I leave my best wishes here for you to find and will get back to everyone soon.)

comments (21)

lovely composition and with the light adding texture to the leaves, well done Josesmile
Like the composition here Jose, well seen.
  • Roland
  • France
  • 29 Dec 2007, 15:16
I like this devasted one ! Bring good luck Kiss !!!
  • blackdog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 29 Dec 2007, 18:14
The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe comes from the Norse of Baldur.

Baldur's mother was the Norse goddess, Frigga. When Baldur was born, Frigga made each and every plant, animal and inanimate object promise not to harm Baldur. But Frigga overlooked the mistletoe plant -- and the mischievous god of the Norse myths, Loki, took advantage of this oversight. Ever the prankster, Loki tricked one of the other gods into killing Baldur with a spear fashioned from mistletoe. The demise of Baldur, a vegetation deity in the Norse myths, brought winter into the world, although the gods did eventually restore Baldur to life. After which Frigga pronounced the mistletoe sacred, ordering that from now on it should bring love rather than death into the world.

Happily complying with Frigga's wishes, any two people passing under the plant from now on would celebrate Baldur's resurrection by kissing under the mistletoe.

Your mistltoe looks very stylish against the warm grey background - any takers?
  • Astrid
  • the Netherlands
  • 29 Dec 2007, 18:28
I am impressed by the simple beauty of this magnificent picture, the lighting is stunning!! Nice job Jose
  • Pops
  • United States
  • 29 Dec 2007, 18:51
Very well composed and wonderfully artistic
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 29 Dec 2007, 19:08
Beautiful composition Jose. Simple, elegant.. wow.
X X X (:o)
pixelpixie: Ditto!
Such a simple and wonderful composition. The lighting is great. I love it. Well done
  • Bill Phillips
  • Droitwich Been to see the Borrowers!
  • 29 Dec 2007, 21:09
Nicely done Jose. A simple composition well lit
Provocative image, mmmmmmmmmmm

Great Dickens extract, and full marks to Blackdog for his mythology, I can hear Sebelius.
pixelpixie: An image that can bring classical music to your ears, mmmmmmmmm!
  • Chris
  • Isle of Wight (UK)
  • 30 Dec 2007, 19:55
MWAH wink
pixelpixie: Ditto!
Beautifully simply.
  • Chris Phillips
  • 31 Dec 2007, 20:02
Very nice: lovely luminous berries
  • David Bird
  • Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 31 Dec 2007, 20:03
Beautiful image Jose.

All the best for 2008!
"saluted her in all courtesy and decorum"!! How very Dickens! smile

Love your capture. Still can't place the round 'appendages' on the stalk!

Happy New Year & may success & joy line your path this year
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 1 Jan 2008, 02:47
It's the first mistletoe I've seen all season, Jose-Ann! And mighty fine mistletoe it is!!

Happy New Year to you and yours.
  • Ron S
  • Worcester
  • 1 Jan 2008, 13:22
Almost perfect Jose. Love the uncluttered composition, the detail on the berries, the depth of focus and the graduated background. If only there were a touch more detail in the deepest shadow areas - if only.
pixelpixie: I know, you are right of course!
  • mickyboy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Jan 2008, 15:17
great shot. lovely texture
pixelpixie: Thanks Micky smile
What the Dickens be this Paganish symbology says I? smile
pixelpixie: Did you never kiss the girls under the mistletoe when you were a lad?

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