Seasons Greetings

© Laura E. Swan

Seasons Greetings

Christine Lobsinger level-classic 12/12/2009 12:17:51 PM








Chris Ebben 12/12/2009 12:31:57 PM

Well, thank you very much for this beautiful Christmas greeting. (You are organised, tree up already!!) Wishing you & Dale & Fangy & the rest of the cat family a great time over the Christmas season & the New Year, from Chris & Tony & Kody & the rest of the cat family=^..^= #8211138

Laura E. Swan level-classic 12/12/2009 12:35:51 PM

Paul E. Earl
member since: 3/18/2005

Aaaahhhh!!! Beautiful! Happy Christmas to you too!

12/12/2009 12:17:19

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Thank you Chrissy and Chris and Early! My Sweet BP FAMILY!

Chrissy I hope you put your return address on this one! You will get one in return but late, okay? xoxo

!!! So fun to hear from you !!!


-Laura, Sister Lala, Lulu, Miss Alberta Rose OH GEE all know the rest of my names!

(I guess I should mention to you this this card is ALSO from ALL my sisters and cousins, too!)

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 12/12/2009 12:39:25 PM

A creative and beautiful Christmas dedication image Laura! #8211151

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-classic 12/12/2009 1:18:10 PM

What a beautiful Christmas Card, SSSLala. Thank you so much.
This is really shimmering and sparkling!
Totally awesome. Straight into my favs.
Are you sure you're not on the MOST WANTED list in Disneyland!!?? I expect Chip and Dale to show up any minute!! #8211234

Kathy Coombs 12/12/2009 1:22:40 PM

Beautiful..thanks! well done and a Merry Christmas to you! #8211245

John Connolly level-classic 12/12/2009 1:23:40 PM

What a beautiful Christmas scene, Laura! The colors are just magic in this almost abstract presentation!


Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic 12/12/2009 1:29:00 PM

OH HOW beautiful..... ha... love the sparklingness of it all! Twinkle twinkle... happy holidays! 8o) #8211262

Monnie Ryan 12/12/2009 1:52:05 PM

How wonderful, Laura!! Nothing beats shimmery and sparkly for Christmas! And my favorite red right there front and center! Best wishes for the merriest Christmas ever to you as well! #8211312

Laura E. Swan level-classic 12/12/2009 2:11:46 PM

Last to first:

Monnie..I was just thinking about the color red. It represents so many things to we humans.

Firstly I would say Love & passion, then maybe anger, the even very blood that keeps us alive. It can mean caution, wonderful foods that we eat, beautiful birds and flowers that surround us, MY SPAGHETTI SAUCE that is likely burning right now OH AND SANTA's CLOTHES and RUDOLPH'S NOSE!

I love red, too. Thanks for your wonderful comments!


Nancyj, I am so glad you like it! It does kinda look TWINKLY doesn't it?!?! NEATO! Your comments are always so special!


Hi John! WOW! Thanks! I was hoping to achieve the spirit of Christmas so hearing it, in your rendition, really feels great!!! :D


Kathy...YOU are VERY welcome! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!


OH SSSKiki, I ruined my Chances to be hired by Disney in the 70's! I should have jumped on the opportunity that I had. Too late now. No more connections there!!! Long story! SO GLAD YOU LIKE THIS!!! :D


Thank you Donna! I bet you will make something lovely and Christmas-y soon too...Your evening shots are amazing!


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Thanks all!!! Time to scrape the bottom of the spaghetti sauce pan!

-Laura :D #8211350

Lynne Morris 12/12/2009 2:17:11 PM

What a beautiful christmas card Laura, Merry Christmas to you too. #8211357

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 12/12/2009 2:18:18 PM

Beautiful with wonderful effects, Laura!!! The very best of Christmases to you too!!! :-) k #8211359

Karen Kessler 12/12/2009 2:50:06 PM

This is BEAUTIFUL as well as festive, Lala! Thank you for the Christmas Greeting! I hope you have a Merry Christmas, too! Love, Kalena #8211426

Douglas Pignet 12/12/2009 3:00:01 PM

Very nice seasonal image and great colors,well done. #8211436

Ron McEwan 12/12/2009 3:11:19 PM

Thank you Laura this is a beautiful surprise. I just finished the first draft of our plans for this summer and then I came over to look around and here you are a head of me by far. Wish you a Merry Christmas as well. I am sure you are having snow by now that really helps with the feelings of the season I am sure. #8211465

Tammy Espino 12/12/2009 3:38:40 PM

What a beautiful Christmas card. Wishing you the happiest times this holiday season!! :) #8211531

Laura E. Swan level-classic 12/12/2009 3:49:00 PM

The best part about this Christmas card is that you guys are signing it!!! Lucky me!

Thank you Tammy, Ron, Doug, Kalena, Kitty and Lynne!

It is minus 31c here right now and we had snow yesterday. The tree is up, the fire...HEY THE FIRE IS JUST CINDERS NOW... Well there WAS a nice fire.

My toes are cold and I need my SHAWL!

Whaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!! HAHAHA!

Thank you all very much. Enjoy your card any time you like!

-Laura/Sis #8211554

Ray Thoms 12/12/2009 3:50:22 PM

Wonderful image Laura..... #8211555

Rony Sagy 12/12/2009 4:40:31 PM

This is so beautiful Laura. Wonderful effects great colors, so holidayish, and yes, it feel so personal So happy holidays to you too, and to all of us. #8211602

Rony Sagy 12/12/2009 8:25:05 PM

Awesome Christmas image from you Laura. Everything about this image is fantastic. great Clarity and Details for this photo.


Sherran Andersen level-classic 12/12/2009 10:09:20 PM

Love the colours... Merry Christmas to you and yours as well. Sherran #8211993

Brett Dolsen 12/13/2009 2:00:24 AM

Beautifull Christmas Card Laura!!Have a great one!!Brett #8212130

Stephen Zacker 12/13/2009 5:57:22 AM

I really like this one. Nice work #8212393

Jack R. Perry 12/13/2009 7:50:13 AM

Thanks you for your Holiday wishes, I hope you have a great Merlot holiday.

MERRY CHRISTMAS to everyone at your place!!

Jack #8212672

Douglas Perry 12/13/2009 8:21:14 AM

How pretty. Thank you. A glass of merlot sounds great! #8212732

Laura E. Swan level-classic 12/13/2009 9:36:04 AM

Well, well! I see the Merlot brothers have shown up here together! TELL me you don't indulge THIS early in the morning?! Of course if you have left over spaghetti for breakfast???!!! Hummm?!

Thanks Mr. Tree and Path! :D


Good morning, Steve! Big smile here. Thank you!


Thank you Brett! :) !!!


Aren't the colors of Christmas lovely, Sherran? I agree!


Thanks Brian! I made it to your gallery! It's beautiful!


Hi Rony! I owe you a visit! Thanks very much!


Thank you Ray! I hope you and yours are doing well!

Thanks -all- for each word here. I just wish you guys would make a LOT MORE TYPE-O's so I wouldn't feel so alone!


Keep Smiling!



Ellen Hodges level-classic 12/13/2009 10:09:57 AM

Excellent and soooooooo beautiful., Laura! Best of the Christmas and holiday season to you, too!! #8212911

ROLAN NARMAN 12/13/2009 12:30:26 PM

A wonderful Christmas card you've created Lulu! Love the colors! #8213265

Susan Jane Allen level-classic 12/15/2009 3:41:48 AM

Gorgeous work! #8216751

Laura E. Swan level-classic 12/15/2009 9:46:52 AM

Good morning Ellen, Bro-lan and Susan. :)

I am sorry your card wont fit on the mantel but I hope it will go with you in your heart.

Thanks for coming to accept it and sign it! :D

-(S) Laura #8217637

Patrick Rouzes level-classic 12/15/2009 11:34:52 AM

One of the most beautiful Christmas cards I have ever seen, Laura! Phenomenal job on this, indeed! Hope to see this again! WTG! A fave too! #8217789

Annette Carr level-classic 12/16/2009 8:13:16 PM

You never cease to amaze me. This is truly incredible. Definitely a favorite. #8225228

Laura E. Swan level-classic 12/16/2009 9:17:51 PM

Hi Paddy! Hi Annette!!!

Huge smiles here you guys! Thank you so much!


If I could I would put YOU GUYS in FAVORITES!!! :D

I couldn't ask for a better support system than all of you!

Computer Hugs to all! -Laura #8225359

Robert Jensen level-classic 12/17/2009 6:18:21 AM

This is simply outstanding #8226192

Graham Robards level-classic 12/17/2009 8:58:51 AM

Absolutely beautiful the way you applied this filter ever so lightly,.

Merry Christmas to you too little sister! ~Pat #8226524

Laura E. Swan level-classic 12/17/2009 9:17:50 AM

Thank you Robert!

Thank you Big Sister! (I will be joining your new club as soon as I have a photo for it! :)!!!)

I really like how this one turned out. So glad you two liked it, too!

-Laura :) #8226608

Graham Robards level-classic 12/17/2009 10:42:01 AM

Yes it's so elegant this one, you should be pleased little sister.

At this time of year everything is so rushed hey getting ready for Christmas.

You can be an honorary member not needing a critter - not needing to post, Teena will be near Fangy in spirit and that's nice .
xxxxxxxxxxx #8226867

Laura E. Swan level-classic 12/17/2009 10:46:19 AM

Have I told you I love you today?

Thanks Sis. I actually took some shots of the BABIES today. We'll see what turns up.



Phyllis H. Burchett 12/19/2009 6:39:22 AM

Beautiful HOLIDAY capture Laura! #8232841

Alex T. Mizuno 12/20/2009 10:59:48 PM

Thank you so much for the Christmas message Laura! Love your beautiful ornament image. Happy Holidays!!! #8236441

Tommy E. Burgess 12/25/2009 12:18:58 AM

WhooHooo Laura!! Congratulations on your well deserved POTD! I'm very happy for you. WTG!! #8245287

David M. Montero 12/25/2009 12:26:38 AM

Way to go Laura!!! Great subject to frac. Well done. Congrats on your POTD and EP. The best is yet to come!

Merry Christmas! #8245290

Toni Riggs 12/25/2009 12:27:21 AM

Congrats and Merry Christmas! #8245292

Paul E. Earl 12/25/2009 12:27:24 AM

WTG!! POTD!! Well done, Swanee!! #8245293

Karen Engelbreth 12/25/2009 12:39:28 AM

Wonderful image Laura....
A big congrats on your POTD... #8245300

Renata Gusciora 12/25/2009 12:41:26 AM

Huge congratulations on your POTD!!!:-)Happy Christmas,Laura!:-) #8245301

Mary K. Robison 12/25/2009 12:48:10 AM

How about that, Pom? I got through this time, to say CONGRATULATIONS on your beautiful seasonal image being selected as POTD! And on Christmas Day, no less! So very happy for you!
MERRY CHRISTMAS, my friend! #8245307

Bojan Bencic level-classic 12/25/2009 12:48:26 AM

A Christmas POTD! Congratulations Laura and Merry Christmas. #8245309

Ann Coates level-classic 12/25/2009 1:00:54 AM

Yahoo Laura, what a great christmas present for you, POTD. Congratulations, well done. #8245326

Mukesh Srivastava 12/25/2009 1:11:08 AM

Huge congrats on POTD win on Christmas day!!!!!!! Merry Christmas,Laura!!!!! #8245329

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-classic 12/25/2009 1:11:53 AM

OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG!!! A POTD!! YIPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!! And on Christmas Day! WOW! I'm so excited I can't sit still!!! HUuuuuuuge congratulations on this honor, SSSLala. I'm so happy now. #8245330

Laura E. Swan level-classic 12/25/2009 1:12:51 AM

OM gosh! It's 2:10 am here and I had fallen asleep on the couch after wrapping presents. I heard a noise in my chimney and woke up.

IT'S A POTD! HA!Yippeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL AND THANK YOU SO MUCH for coming to congratulate me on this huge honor from Better Photo!

I will sleep the rest of the night with a smile on my face!


Thanks to those who have come and to those that will come while Santa delivers more gifts. May he be good to you and yours as well!

-Laura Swan in CANADA #8245333

Kathy Coombs 12/25/2009 1:22:13 AM

Congratulations and Mele Kalikimaka! #8245334

Robert K. Bemus level-classic 12/25/2009 1:30:23 AM

Huge congrats on a VERY well deserved POTD, Laura!! Glad to see that your passion and love for photography has been honored with this award-- Merry Christmas!! #8245337

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic 12/25/2009 1:53:08 AM

WOW... a lovely Christmas Card for sure, Laura. CONGRATZ on the POTD gift from BP on Christmas Day. So glad for you....WTG!

UB. #8245355

Cindy Bendush level-classic 12/25/2009 2:03:58 AM

Beautiful Laura - Congratulations on your POTD! #8245369

Graham Robards level-classic 12/25/2009 2:10:12 AM

Oh wow little sister! A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on your photo of the day! WHOO WHOO! ~Pat #8245376

Michelle Alton 12/25/2009 2:11:13 AM

Merry Christmas, Laura...And thrilled to see that this earned the Christmas POTD! That ought to put a smile on your face, right? #8245377

Susie Peek-Swint 12/25/2009 2:11:17 AM

Beautiful image and DD work Laura ~ many congrats for featuring on the Christmas POTD!

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! #8245378

Adam CD Caron 12/25/2009 2:12:39 AM

Big sis this is fantastic. way to go have a merry xmass #8245379

Max Aureli 12/25/2009 2:19:56 AM

Sister.... it a great shot and wonderful work this image!!! Congratulations on your POTD, Laura!!!! ... and Merry Christmas!! :-)) #8245394

ROLAN NARMAN 12/25/2009 2:24:13 AM

Oh Sister...Santa woke me up...told me there is a POTD I must see!!! Wow! I'm so happy for you! Huge Congratulations on your POTD for this wonderful image! Perfect timing!Going back to bed with a smile now!!! #8245401

Nikki McDonald level-classic 12/25/2009 2:29:40 AM

Congratulations on your POTD for this beautiful card --wishing you a very Merry Christmas. #8245413

Dominick M. Dimacale level-classic 12/25/2009 2:37:44 AM

Congratulations Laura on your POTD Win!!!!

Dominick #8245432

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic 12/25/2009 3:57:50 AM


Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic 12/25/2009 3:59:33 AM

Opps, sorry about the inactive account... 8o(

however!!! BIG congrats to your POTD image, Laura.......wtg...

What a wonderful gift on Christmas Morning, now wake up, get out of bed, and dance!!!! 8o) WOW... so proud of you! 8o) #8245517

Stefania Barbier level-classic 12/25/2009 4:04:35 AM

congratulations on your gorgeous POTD, Lala! #8245528

Candice L. Carter 12/25/2009 4:05:51 AM

WOW! Look at you! It's about time SiS, Congrats! You must be so proud! Love ya baby! Merry Christmas! #8245530

Gord MacEachern level-classic 12/25/2009 4:27:42 AM

WOWWW Look at this!!!!
Fantastic Laura WTG!!
Great big congratulations on this well deserved POTD!!! #8245552

Janet McNeil level-classic 12/25/2009 4:40:45 AM

Congratulations and Merry Christmas to you and yours!!! #8245561

Anita Hogue 12/25/2009 4:42:50 AM

Congratulations on this beautiful Christmas image POTD! Merry Christmas!

(By the way, I did contact Bill and wished him a speedy recovery) #8245564

Dr Silly 12/25/2009 4:43:53 AM

Merry Christmas Laura to you and your family. Congratulations on having the Christmas Day POTD. :O) #8245565

Courtenay Vanderbilt 12/25/2009 4:46:28 AM

Congrats, Laura! Merry Christmas! #8245567

Joan E. Hoffman 12/25/2009 4:50:30 AM

What a wonderful Christmas present it was to turn on my puter this morning and to see POTD and your name Laura. Huge congratulations and a wishes for a fabulous Christmas Day to you and yours! #8245571

Joy Rector 12/25/2009 4:59:51 AM

congrats on the POTD and happy holidays #8245580

Stephanie Laird level-classic 12/25/2009 5:21:32 AM

Laura, this is soooo beautiful! Thank you for the wonderful sentiment too! Merry Christmas to you and a very happy 2010 and beyond #8245604

Christine Lobsinger level-classic 12/25/2009 5:29:34 AM

I'm so so happy for you... to wake up and find a Christmas gift from BetterPhoto...and on Christmas Day too!!!


I believe this Beauty will GO ALL THE WAY!!!


SMILING #8245615

JO ANN CLEVELAND 12/25/2009 5:33:15 AM

What a beautiful POTD Laura! Congratulations!

Wishing you and yours the best ever Christmas and New Years!

jo ann c. #8245623

Nancy L. Green level-classic 12/25/2009 6:09:55 AM


Ken R. Frischkorn 12/25/2009 6:23:19 AM

Beautiful photo for the Holidays, congratulations on you “Photo of the Day” pick #8245725

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 12/25/2009 6:27:16 AM

WTG, Laura!!!! Awesome POTD!!! :-) k #8245732

Max Aureli 12/25/2009 6:38:34 AM

LOL!! :-)) Happy for Sister !! #8245741

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-classic 12/25/2009 6:41:53 AM

You heard what Nancy said:
Let's dance, SSSLala. The electric dance:
DBSK - Mirotic; Dancing in the Lazers Pictures, Images and Photos #8245748

Sue C. Cole 12/25/2009 6:48:48 AM

Very cool effects Laura, great presentation. Congrat's. #8245756

Sherran Andersen level-classic 12/25/2009 6:56:22 AM

Congrats Laura. Merry Christmas. #8245772

Janice Mezzacappa 12/25/2009 6:59:15 AM

HI Laura Huge Congrats on your fantastic festive creative work of art and POTD!!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!! #8245777

Jessica Jenney level-classic 12/25/2009 7:06:44 AM

Congratulations, Laura on your beautiful Xmas POTD! Merry Christmas! #8245780

Cassie L. Woodlee 12/25/2009 7:09:28 AM

WTG !!congratulations on a well deserved POTD! Merry Christmas! #8245783

Patricia A. Casey level-classic 12/25/2009 7:29:07 AM

Congratulations on the POTD.....Just Lovely, Laura.....Thank you for your Holiday Greeting....All the very best to you in 2010....Cheers & Happy Holidays to everyone..... #8245791

Mary J. Lewis 12/25/2009 7:30:15 AM

What a STUNNING photo! Congratulations. What is a frac filter, though? I need to tinker more with Photoshop! Merry Christmas all. #8245792

Ilene Samowitz 12/25/2009 7:41:17 AM

BEautiful and creative.....congrats on a well deserved POTD #8245807

Stephen Zacker 12/25/2009 7:55:48 AM

Big Congratulations and Merry Christmas #8245823

Stephen Zacker 12/25/2009 8:07:02 AM

Congrats on your POTD Award Laura. Well deserving on Christmas Day.

Merry Christmas to and your Family.
Brian #8245841

Evy Johansen level-classic 12/25/2009 8:11:38 AM

How very beautiful, Laura!!! Congratulations! And Happy Hollidays to you!! #8245851

Thomas E. Hinds 12/25/2009 8:21:27 AM

Fantastic POTD, Laura! Beautiful colors, comp! Happy Holidays! #8245859

Rony Sagy 12/25/2009 8:55:04 AM

Merry Christmas Laura and huge congratulations on a very deserving POTD. #8245894

Carol L. Fowler 12/25/2009 9:04:57 AM

MeRrY ChRiStMaS! FANTASTIC Christmas present for us as well as you! #8245910

Carol Engstrom level-classic 12/25/2009 9:07:57 AM

Congrats! Congrats! Congrats!!! This is beautiful! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas! #8245912

Laura E. Swan level-classic 12/25/2009 9:40:09 AM


This is such an honor and such a treat! Imagine on CHRISTMAS DAY!

Having all of you come to enjoy YOUR card from me to YOU and then having BP chose it for POTD....???!!!


Truly my biggest honor is to know all of you but this is a very close second! HA!

Thank you again everyone. So much and THANK YOU BP for this HUGE HONOR for me and for us all!!!

-Laura Swan #8245939

Laura E. Swan level-classic 12/25/2009 9:40:09 AM


This is such an honor and such a treat! Imagine on CHRISTMAS DAY!

Having all of you come to enjoy YOUR card from me to YOU and then having BP chose it for POTD....???!!!


Truly my biggest honor is to know all of you but this is a very close second! HA!

Thank you again everyone. So much and THANK YOU BP for this HUGE HONOR for me and for us all!!!

-Laura Swan #8245940

Cary Rogers level-classic 12/25/2009 9:52:00 AM

Super Congrats, on this GREAT POTD, Laura! Great use of effects!
Merry Christmas! #8245958

AEK level-classic 12/25/2009 10:14:03 AM

Emtwig!!!!!!! I am so excited. Way to go.

Raymond Pauly level-classic 12/25/2009 10:20:17 AM

Beautiful Christmas card, Laura!! Lovely work and dedication! Very Merry Xmas to you and huge congratulations on your lovely POTD! #8246001

Heather Thorsen level-classic 12/25/2009 10:40:27 AM

Fantastic image Laura. Thank you for the greetings, and I wish you and your loved ones a peaceful Christmas too.
Heather #8246018

Tiia Vissak level-classic 12/25/2009 11:43:39 AM

Congratulations! #8246075

Michael Umbreit level-classic 12/25/2009 12:44:11 PM

Laura - Congratulations on your POTD and thank you for the Christmas wish! Merry Christmas!! - Mike #8246195

Margie R. Kirby level-classic 12/25/2009 1:05:14 PM

Wow! Congratulations on your POTD! What a beautiful image. Thanks for sharing. Great work! #8246207

Jeff Robinson level-classic 12/25/2009 1:15:28 PM

Congrats Laura on your Wonderful POTD - Merry Christmas!! Jeff #8246209

John Connolly level-classic 12/25/2009 1:20:45 PM

Huge Congratulations on your POTD, Laura, well done!
It must be an even Happier Christmas for you now! #8246211

Shirley A. Kinney level-classic 12/25/2009 1:25:16 PM

Beautiful, Laura and congrations on your POTD. #8246216

Laura E. Swan level-classic 12/25/2009 1:37:43 PM

Hi Everyone! We are having a big feed here today so only popping in to say THANK YOU AGAIN! This is SUCH A THRILL for me and so glad you are here to share it with me!!!

-Laura :)



Wm Nosal 12/25/2009 2:25:42 PM

COOL! Congratulations
Great Christmas Gift

But, Remember You JUST! Made the Nice
List this year #8246250

Julianne Bradford 12/25/2009 3:38:54 PM

Wonderful POTD Laura. Just beautiful Merry Christmas! #8246327

Laura E. Swan level-classic 12/25/2009 4:58:09 PM

Very funny brother Wm! :l ... And all jokes aside, thank you!


Thank you Julianne!!!

Daniella Puente 12/25/2009 5:04:28 PM

Congrats and a wonderful Christmas Laura!!! #8246449

Alex T. Mizuno 12/25/2009 6:55:18 PM

Wowee, Congratulations on your POTD Laura!! Such a perfect choice for today! Your creativity paid off!!! Wish you a Happy New Year!!!

Alex #8246610

Donna McMillan 12/25/2009 9:31:01 PM

What a great photo! Love the creativity with the filters! Merry Christmas! #8246754

Siete Meeter 12/26/2009 1:52:17 AM

What a beautiful christmas card Laura, Merry Christmas to you too,and a Happy New Year!!!Congratulations


Ellen Hodges level-classic 12/26/2009 4:17:34 AM

HUGE AND HAPPY CONGRATS, Laura! So very awesome and well deserved!! Wowee!!! Sooooo wonderful! Yeah!!! Merry Christmas!!! #8246995

Leslie McLain level-classic 12/26/2009 4:26:13 AM

Congrats on your wonderful POTD. #8247009

Guy D. Biechele level-classic 12/26/2009 5:54:27 AM

Wonderful image! Congrats on your POTD, and Happy Holidays! #8247140

Marilyn Cornwell level-classic 12/26/2009 6:27:54 AM

Congrats on POTD! #8247178

Vicki L. Filippin level-classic 12/26/2009 7:30:46 AM

I'm a little late on the congrats, little sis, but I was awake when the email came through on my blackberry and I was like...OMG, LAURA GOT THE CHRISTMAS POTD!!!! I'm sooooooo excited for you! Awesome image and an even awesomer (?) honor to be selected on this special day. Have your feet touched the ground yet???
xoxo #8247224

Cathy Barrows 12/26/2009 8:46:51 AM

congrats on your potd...the works is perfect for this shot #8247377

Dianna Murphy 12/26/2009 10:33:43 AM

Congratulations on your Christmas Day POTD! #8247553

Darryl Wilkinson 12/26/2009 10:57:49 AM

Beautiful, Laura! Congrats on your award!

Happy Holidays! #8247569

Karen Kessler 12/26/2009 3:00:36 PM

Congratulations on your EP AND POTD, Lala! Gorgeous image! :) #8247852

Songbird Cline level-classic 12/26/2009 3:20:22 PM

Wow, Laura!! how exciting POTD!! Congrats!! Beautiful Christmas image! Goos job! and a merry Christmas to you and the family! #8247892

Annette Carr level-classic 12/26/2009 9:57:46 PM

YIPPEEEE!!!! EYE!!!! YAY!!!!!!
CONGRATULATIONS on your well deserved Photo of the Day !!!!!! See I told you that you were amazing! #8248428

Laura E. Swan level-classic 12/26/2009 10:24:22 PM

Hi Everyone!

Thank you SO MUCH for your congratulations and for cheering me on.

Each and every one! Your comments have meant so much to me!

You're the BEST!


(Fun to see old friends and new faces here, too!!!) #8248437

Nancy J. Locke 12/27/2009 12:11:33 AM

Dear Laura, super congrats on this AWESOME POTD!!! I loooove your photography style. It's very classy. :D

Hugs, Nancy J Locke #8248501

maria Warren 12/27/2009 2:43:28 AM




Ivan Chacon 12/27/2009 7:54:06 AM

Congrats on your POTD, great work.Happy holidays to you too!!! :) #8249026

Laura E. Swan level-classic 12/27/2009 12:55:55 PM

Hi Nancy J, Hi Maria! Hi Ivan!

Thank you three for stopping in to congratulate me on this exciting honor! I sure appreciate all that you have said.

-Laura :D


Patti Coblentz level-classic 12/27/2009 6:20:49 PM

Wow...I just saw this!!!! Congratulations, exciting!!! A warm up for the new year!

Happy New Year!
Patti #8250304

Douglas Perry level-classic 12/28/2009 3:18:03 AM

CONGRATS!!!!! #8250803

Laura E. Swan level-classic 12/28/2009 1:10:01 PM

Thank you, Patti!!! This was a wonderful Christmas present!


Thanks Mr. Tree! :D

-Laura #8251775

Richard D. Love 12/28/2009 3:27:34 PM

Wow! Congratulations, Laura. Truly a beautiful image.

Rick #8252006

Patrick Rouzes level-classic 12/28/2009 6:04:02 PM

HEYYYYYYYYYYY, Laura Swanee,told you it was 'Phenomenal"! I knew it was only a matter of time before you got an award,my friend! Gigantic, humongous CONGRATULATIONS indeed! Walking to the fridge & whistling a happy tune......................................... #8252364

Laura E. Swan level-classic 12/28/2009 7:13:27 PM

Hi Rick. Thanks very much and for your visit!

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Paddy. You are so darned sweet. Thanks so much! :) !!! I'm pretty thrilled too! And on Christmas day no less! :D

-Laura (Swanee)

Tammy Espino level-classic 12/28/2009 7:42:00 PM

Hot Dayum, see what I get for taking a few days off here!! WHOOOOOOOOOO, Congrats!!!!! :))))))) #8252468

Tammy Espino level-classic 12/28/2009 7:42:00 PM

Hot Dayum, see what I get for taking a few days off here!! WHOOOOOOOOOO, Congrats!!!!! :))))))) #8252469

Ujjwal Mukherjee level-classic 12/28/2009 10:07:19 PM

Incredibly beautiful !! HUGE congratulations once again,my friend!!! #8252559

Randy D. Dinkins level-classic 12/29/2009 5:34:11 PM

Great Christmas card shot. Wonderful color and effects. Congrats on the POD, well done. #8254667

Laura E. Swan level-classic 12/29/2009 9:17:43 PM

Thank you Tammy, Ujjwal and Randy!!!

I really appreciate your great comments!

-Laura :D #8255129

Lorna Shutter level-classic 12/30/2009 6:27:18 AM

Wow! I sure have been away a LONG time!!! I don't even remember seeing a notice for this one ... CONGRATULATIONS on your EFP & POTD!!!!! What a fantastic Christmas present for you to open! This is aweseome! Love the bright colours and creative effects! All of your images have been fabulous lately! ... and look at all the EFP's!!! WTG, Sis!!! Photobucket Woo Hoo!!!!! :) #8255920

Avril Young level-classic 12/31/2009 10:24:56 PM

congrats on this awesome rock girl...

M.Christine Duncan 1/1/2010 8:23:51 PM

I'm away from BP for a couple weeks and look what happens!!!! CONGRATS Lala dear on your fantastic POTD!!!!! WHOOOOO!!!! HOOOOO! And HAPPY NEW YEAR Big Sis! #8262630

Sharon Sawyer level-classic 1/1/2010 9:57:00 PM

HUGE congratulations on your Christmas present from BP, Laura! WOW!!! Christmas Day POTD... doesn't get any better than that!!!

I look forward to seeing many more of your creative and wonderful images in 2010! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! #8262813

Laura E. Swan level-classic 1/2/2010 12:37:41 AM

Gosh! So many of my BP sisters showing up at once!!!

Thank you L.S., Avril, Coco and Sharon!

This as such an honor and a second one to see you have visited!


Photobucket #8262923

Cynthia M. Yarde-Kiernan 1/5/2010 5:24:45 AM

Beautiful work!! Very eye-catching #8271336

Laura E. Swan level-classic 1/5/2010 9:12:39 AM

Thank you Cynthia!!! :)

-Laura #8272043

Ivan Chacon 1/6/2010 2:34:04 PM

Amazing work!!! Happy 2010!!!...and congrats on your POTD! :) #8275753

Laura E. Swan level-classic 1/9/2010 12:57:27 PM

Thank you Ivan! :)

-Laura #8284247

Z. Banu 1/10/2010 1:19:56 AM

WOW!!!!So Beautiful image OUTSTANDING!!Very well done.. Big congratulation for POTD!!
:) KEEP IT UP LAURA. Wish you wonderful new year..2010 #8285650

Laura E. Swan level-classic 1/11/2010 12:18:08 AM

Zaanat, it's so nice to see you again!

Here's wishing you a very Photobucket to you and yours!

Thanks for the many kind words!!!

-Laura #8287832

Karen Kessler 1/13/2010 5:48:34 PM

Just looking through your gallery some more. I see you've become quite a favorite on BP (of course, I always thought that anyway!)

Congratulations on your POD here, Sis! #8295258

Laura E. Swan level-classic 1/13/2010 11:26:28 PM

Hey Sis! This is the very first award BP has ever given me besides making it through MANY first rounds.

I am still so honored! They gave me this on Christmas Day! :) !!! IMAGINE!

Thanks, Kalena! Always a pleasure. #8295610

Kenny Metro level-classic 1/15/2010 5:27:57 AM

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S ! ! !

WTG...Couldn't be any happier for you!

:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) #8298876

Laura E. Swan level-classic 1/15/2010 10:55:47 AM

I can see this! HA!

Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket

You're so funny, Ken!

Thanks so much!!!

-Laura _ #8299643

Brett Dolsen 1/19/2010 1:28:00 AM

Congratulations on your wonderfull prestigious award Laura!! #8310389

Laura E. Swan level-classic 1/19/2010 10:12:53 AM

Gosh, Thanks Brett! And huge congrats again on your finalist last night!

WAY COOL! Hope your computer is feeling better soon!!!

-Laura #8311984

Sherry McClead 1/23/2010 5:56:24 AM

WOW look at the badges here... and such a wonderful image... I see alot has changed while I was away... #8323507

Laura E. Swan level-classic 1/23/2010 9:34:27 AM

Yes. Can you believe it? I only seem to use CURVES for lighting adjustments now, and I got PSE7 late last summer! In November life changed at Birthday time AGAIN being given the Fractalius filter.

Thank you Sherrybear. So good to see you again! Welcome home.

-Laura #8323993

Kerry Hill 1/25/2010 11:13:45 PM

Wooooo Hooooo CONGRATULATIONS Laura, awesome work!!! So happy for you!!!! :-) #8330457

Laura E. Swan level-classic 1/26/2010 12:28:26 AM

:D Thanks LOTS Kerry!!! :D #8330535

Jennifer P. DeAngelis 2/12/2010 9:58:45 AM

beautiful photo! #8376700

Nancy (Peaches) Harker 3/29/2010 7:00:14 PM

HUGE Congrats on AWSOME POTD #8495670

Laura E. Swan level-classic 3/29/2010 8:07:23 PM

Thank you so much Jennifer and Peaches!!!

This was SUCH a thrill for me! A true honor! :)

And on CHRISTMAS no less! :)

Thank you ladies for coming by. Sorry I am late answering Jennifer!

-Laura #8495875

Ruth E. Foster-Lindsay level-classic 4/20/2010 10:56:53 AM

Beautiful POTD Laura! Congrats! #8554566

Laura E. Swan level-classic 4/20/2010 1:33:22 PM

Hi Ruth! :) Thank you VERY MUCH!!! :)

-Laura #8554877

Debbie E. Payne 7/8/2010 9:35:00 AM

Just an awesome shot and great DD work as well. A POTD is a wonderful thing to get anytime, but especially on Christmas. #8742726

Laura E. Swan level-classic 7/8/2010 10:30:32 AM

I cried Debbie. That's how much it meant to me. :)Yes! it was the best Christmas gift EVER!

Thanks so much for the visit!


-Laura #8742804

Laura E. Swan level-classic 9/17/2010 4:58:42 PM

Photobucket , to me. hee hee #8913785

Dick W. Wyatt 12/15/2010 12:19:00 AM

Way to go Laura !! #9104375

Reynaldo D. Reyes level-classic 12/15/2010 8:11:36 AM

Merry Christmas to you, this is always special everytime I see it. #9105392

Chris Ebben 11/25/2011 1:24:53 AM

Nearly time you got this one out again=^..^= #9829392

Robert R. Goodman level-classic 1/23/2013 8:06:54 PM

Congratulations on this beautiful finalist,my friend!!! #10530806

Stan Kwasniowski level-classic 1/23/2013 9:05:28 PM

Laura, congratulations #10531062

Sharon Sawyer level-classic 1/23/2013 9:36:22 PM

Laura, congratulations on your wonderful finalist and all the best in the next round!!! One of my all time holiday favourites. (A lil Canadian spelling 4 ya. LOL) #10531166

Julianne Bradford level-classic 1/23/2013 9:47:48 PM

Congratulations on this great finalist Laura!! #10531202

Kathy Salerni level-classic 1/23/2013 9:57:32 PM

Huge congrats on this awesome Finalist and good luck in the next round, Laura!
Love that fract filter! #10531234

Annette Carr level-classic 1/23/2013 10:14:56 PM

CONGRATULATIONS! You are so creative and talented :)

Alex T. Mizuno 1/24/2013 1:02:24 AM

Congratulations on your Finalist cousin Laura! Glad to see this lovely holiday image again!! #10531529

Stefania Barbier level-classic 1/24/2013 1:43:14 AM

congratulations on your beautiful finalist!!! #10531674

Renee Doyle level-classic 1/24/2013 2:35:33 AM

Wonderful dd work Laura! Congratulations! #10531790

Mary K. Robison level-classic 1/24/2013 3:30:54 AM

Sure hope this makes it to your current Congrats comments, Pom!! (The one above me is from 2009!)
CONGRATULATIONS for your POTD making Finalist! It won't surprise me to see this silver turn to gold, to match your first one! #10531888

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-classic 1/24/2013 4:21:42 AM

SSSLala - this is SUCH a magical image.
I love it!
All it needs now is one more gold badge! I'm sure you'll get it. #10532019

Nancy Marie Ricketts 1/24/2013 8:38:14 AM

Beautiful, Laura! Congratulations on this fantastic finalist!! #10532938

JO ANN CLEVELAND 1/24/2013 8:52:50 AM

Congratulations on this fantastic finalist Laura! Love it...

jo ann c. #10533028

Wm Nosal 1/24/2013 9:03:53 AM

Congratulations Laura *<:) #10533067

Bojan Bencic level-classic 1/24/2013 9:16:58 AM

Beautiful. Congratulations on your finalist, Laura! #10533127

Laura E. Swan level-classic 1/24/2013 9:19:51 AM

Everyone! This is so exciting! :D And you are all here with me. That means a lot!


-Laura :D #10533136

Colette M. Metcalf 1/24/2013 10:00:48 AM

WTG! Congrats to you Laura!!! #10533316

Terry Cervi level-classic 1/24/2013 10:21:25 AM

Wondeful treatment and so very pretty, Lala! Congrats on your finalist!! Thanks for your kind words on my Falls shot too!! Much appreciated! #10533399

Ann Coates level-classic 1/24/2013 11:22:34 AM

I found you on the very last page. You know what they say, they always keep the best till last. Congratulations on your beautiful finalist Laura. #10533612

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 1/24/2013 11:58:18 AM

Double congratulations Laura! #10533742

Nadia Paul 1/24/2013 12:56:55 PM

Congrats on your wonderful finalist Laura! #10533934

Tammy Espino 1/24/2013 1:15:41 PM

Took me two days to get to the bottom of this and congrat Good luck in the next round, I am sure you got it!!! How could you not :) GO FOR GOLD! #10534012

Ellen Hodges level-classic 1/24/2013 1:49:21 PM

Huge congrats and very best luck with this beauty, Laura!!! #10534150

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic 1/24/2013 2:47:43 PM

on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o) #10534377

Stephen Zacker level-classic 1/24/2013 5:02:42 PM

Very Cool! Here's to another good year, and Congratulations #10534776

Ken Smith level-classic 1/24/2013 6:02:48 PM

Way to go, Laura. Congrats to you! #10535079

Thomas E. Hinds level-classic 1/24/2013 6:21:04 PM

Congratulations, Laura, on this beautiful work-of-art-Finalist! Hope you are well! #10535188

Rona L. Schwarz 1/24/2013 8:12:43 PM

Just so beautiful and a very joyous work of art, Laura! A picture-perfect Finalist - Congrats! #10535485

Carol L. Fowler 1/24/2013 11:04:57 PM

Congrats on this beautiful Finalist! #10535711

Heather Loewenhardt level-classic 1/25/2013 12:03:32 AM

Love the sparkle and shine Laura. Congrats on your finalist award. #10535770

Amanda D. Austwick level-classic 1/25/2013 12:16:28 PM

What a Joyous colorful image. Congratulations on your well deserved Finalist! Hope it goes higher! #10536780

Patrick Rouzes level-classic 1/25/2013 2:45:44 PM

BIG CONGRATS & good luck, my friend!

Sherran Andersen level-classic 1/25/2013 7:47:04 PM

Congrats. #10537546

Guy D. Biechele level-classic 1/26/2013 12:59:25 PM

Stunning image! Congrats on your Finalist, Laura. #10538670

Lydia Williams level-classic 1/27/2013 8:51:36 AM

YAHOO, SIS. LAURA!!! I am finally getting to my BP finalists and emails...This is so beautiful...and I LOVE IT! C'mon Gold!! #10539889

Ann H. Belus level-classic 1/28/2013 8:15:25 AM

Laura, this is soooo fantastically beautiful...a perfect tribute to the magic that is Christmas!!! Huge congratulations! #10541995

Irene Colling level-classic 1/30/2013 2:50:11 PM

Excellent work Laura.
Hope your Christmas was wonderful.

Congratulaions on your finalist. #10546409

Laura E. Swan level-classic 1/30/2013 3:21:12 PM

Everyone For Coming To Support My Finalist And Me and Thank You ALSO TO The BP Judges!!

Happy New Year, Everyone! 2013!

-Laura :) #10546438

Merna L. Nobile 2/2/2013 12:39:26 PM

Are you amazed at the vivid colors, sharpness and composition of your photographs? Well the judges are, CONGRATULATIONS you are a winner for the month of December, 2012!

Chris Ebben 12/7/2013 3:44:41 PM

AS I said before, it's nearly time for you to re-send this one to us all again. It was so good to see all the familiar faces & re-read their comments, where have all the years gone!!! Merry Xmas to everyone=^..^= #10917061

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic 12/7/2013 6:42:51 PM

8o)...I remember this one...really beautiful. #10917121

Laura E. Swan level-classic 12/7/2013 7:30:05 PM

:D Nice to see you ladies here!!!You stayed attached. I thought they gave me a new finalist on a very old entry for a minute! :D

Thank you gals for bringing me a smile! #10917145

Lydia Williams level-classic 12/8/2013 9:16:38 AM

Agree....this is soooo beautiful...thank you dear Laura....Merry Christmas to you and yours and to all our BP Family.

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Well...Time To Get My B.P.
Out To You All!


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It's Been Another Wonderful Year Filled With Fun And Friendship!
I'm So Happy To Know Each And Every One Of You!


With High Reguards,


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(Image Made From My Tree!)

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TV 1/10 AV 2.8
Frac Filter, Several adjustments,
Softening Filters, Unsharpened...

(DDR) 1208

Exif: F Number: 2.8, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/10 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 4.60 mm, Model: Canon PowerShot SD800 IS

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