Christmas comes in many different forms for many different people, cultures and religions. Whichever way you spend the upcoming holidays I want to extend my best wishes for a great and merry Christmas for you and your family and loved ones!
I am posting the weirdest and most surreal Xmas decoration ever. This is from the entrance in a guesthouse in Phonsavan in Laos. Now; Laos being the most heavily bombed country in the world with a lot of unexploded ordnance still not cleared – you would think that bombs on display would be the last thing you would see. But no, they seem to display them as a sort of tourist attraction or…I don’t know. We all just stood there staring at this and just, it just does not compute. This is some large bomb with a lot of small cluster bombs (particularly evil) as decorations. And a Merry Xmas sign. So surreal!
I am spending Christmas in the tropics this year with dear friends, in my present home of Chiang Mai, Thailand. This being a buddhist country there is little in the way of Christmas decorations and I am quite thankful for that. Except in the large shopping mall where the "farrangs" (foreigners) get to enjoy a gigantic plastic tree and Thai versions of White Christmas so truly awful your ears bleed! I hate shopping malls with a passion but just when you think they could not get any worse! Copenhagen is covered in snow experiencing truly arctic temperatures, but we have a nice 30 degrees during the day and a big bright sun to go with it!
I would like to wish all of you a merry xmas –hanukkah – etc – however you celebrate this holiday I hope you and your loved ones have a great time! A special season greetings to my customers, it has been a pleasure selling photos to you! Incidentally, “God Jul” is of course Danish for Merry Xmas, bit of language schooling for my dear readers today!
My Xmas present to you is still my free wallpapers, you can even get yourself a snow covered Copenhagen:
Wallpaper – Snowy Copenhagen from above
© Flemming Bo Jensen Photography
Photografica called a few hours ago and I just picked up my early Xmas “present” – Canon 5D Mk II! Expect a couple of reports from me in a few weeks, if we ever get some sun in this dark bleak place!
I never got around to posting a Merry Christmas post, so a belated Merry Xmas, hope you had a great chrissy! Here’s my Christmas postcard, click to see it:
I don’t really believe in new years eve (or birthdays for that matter), it’s a new year every day every second and going from 2007 to 2008 is just simple arithmetic in the Gregorian calendar that a lot of us utilize.
However – I guess this day is as good a day as any to pause, reflect, get philosophical, out with the old and in with the new, – and drink and eat far too much 😀
2007 proved to be some year for me to say the least, a big old dream and plan was actually implemented: quitting my day job, going on a photo odyssey in Australia for 10 weeks, getting back and now living, eating and breathing photography – working full time on getting my photo company Flemming Bo Jensen Photography up and running! 2008 has quite a bit to try and live up to but it cannot disappoint, it’s going to be extremely exciting!
On this last day of 2007 before we add one to the year counter (year_counter++; – if I remember C correctly 😀 ) I would like to wish everyone a great and happy 2008 and thanks for everything in 2007! Have a fun and safe new years eve!
I don’t have any New Years photos to post, so I’ll end with this dusk panorama from Hawk Dreaming, Kakadu National Park, Australia. I miss it so much, would love to spend new years here (click to see large size):