Saint Nicholas and Toys

Ho-ho-ho, my dear little Friends,

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Did you find anything today under your pillow or in your shoes, or somewhere else? So, you were good all last year! Well-done!

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In every country there is their own Santa or Nicholas who comes to children, while they are sleeping, and leave some presents for them.

Hope many of you know that his name is of Greek origin and means “victor of people”. It suits him, right? Perfectly.

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Some of you might still doubt whether he existed.  Nicholas was born in Patara in A.D. 270 and served as Bishop of Myra, both seaport towns off Turkey’s southern coast where he lived all his life (and died in 345).

St. Nicholas’s anonymous gift-giving originated in his hometown of Patara in Turkey.  According to ancient tradition, the young Nicholas secretly threw three bags of gold coins through the window of a widower father and his three daughters on three consecutive nights to help them. His anonymous nocturnal gift-giving has continued in many countries to today, including being translated into Santa’s visits.stock-photo-dalmatian-puppy-ceramic-statue-and-penguin-toy-on-black-background-750861118

My dear little Friends, your dreams and wishes might come true today because you found something what you wanted under your pillow:

   stock-photo-cute-toy-grey-mouse-sleeps-on-red-pillow-on-white-background-valentine-present-love-and-happiness-767678824 However, some of you might not find anything today and can be really disappointed. That happens in life often, you dream, but dreams not always come true as in movies or books. Life is full of surprises and not all of them are pleasant ones. We have to be ready for it and still not loose our hopes and beliefs for the better!

Have a lovely St Nicholas Day!

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P.S. All photos used in my post are available for purchase and download at Ann AnRo’s profile on shutterstock

Autumnal Flashes of Yellow

My dear little Friends,

Days come and go fast, before I knew it, these pictures all I had from October. And yet October was very generous for scenes to admire and to capture. Before having a plunge into the world of still image I have been not enough attentive to unique beauty of Fall season. Nowadays, every picture I made allows me to look at this amazing world with my eyes wide open and my Nikki set to shoot.

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Photos have a great influence on me. Love to still picture has been genetically coded in my DNA. My grandpa was passionate about photography, he not only made photos, but also photo prints. One of the brightest autumnal flashes of my childhood is the dark room, or better to say, dark kitchen at my aunt’s home where my grandpa and we, his grandchildren, were “washing” photos and then “hanging” them on a usual laundry rope. I think I was a real kid yet. It was so funny to watch images through wet prints drying on this rope…

Well, it’s been a long time. My grandpa is not with us anymore, but I found my way to photography. Nowadays I am learning and try to improve my photos. Recently, I’ve purchased mini-light photo studio for macro photography and downloaded my first “masterpieces” to my shutterstock: https://www.shutterstock.com/g/anrostudio?language=en

I felt the flavor of marketing photography and scenes arrangment. It does not look too simple as I might imagine. However, challenge is accepted, and I have nowhere to retreat, right?

 

Have an inspiring November and many new things to discover!

Love you all,

Yours Photographer

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