Tuesday, February 5, 2008

February and the Ground Hog and Hearts

February seems to be one of those months of mixed emotions, weather and light. I mean come on, it's a month where the weather is mostly dictated by a ground hog! I know right, a ground hog... Comes out of his hole, looks at us all like we've gone mad and goes right back down into his hole...

From Wikipedia:

"Groundhog Day or Groundhog's Day is a holiday celebrated United States and Canada on February 2nd. In weather lore, if a ground hog, also known as a woodchuck, marmot or ground squirrel, emerges from its burrow on this day and fails to see its shadow because the weather is cloudy, winter will soon end. If the groundhog sees its shadow, it will return into its burrow, and the winter will continue for 6 more weeks."

Along with that groundhog, shadow or not, it is still winter. February can bring to us here in the northeast, beautiful 50 degree sunny days, then 48 hours later, 15 inches of snow and 20 degree bone chilling days. Full of extremes, full of drama. LOL... Along with the drama of the month comes Valentines Day. I personally have mixed feelings here. When I think back, the happy Valentines memories come from grammer school. Being in 3rd grade and making all the valentines for friends and a special one for that girl you would pick on at recess. You know, your first girlfriend... ;o)

Again from wikipedia:

"Valentine's Day is holiday celebrated on February 14th. It is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other; sending Valentines Day, or gifting candy. It is very common to present flowers on Valentine's Day. The holiday is named after two among the numerous Early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chausser in High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.

The day is most closely associated with the mutual exchange of love notes in the form of "valentines." Modern Valentine symbols include the heart-shaped outline and the figure of the winged cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten notes have largely given way to mass-produced greeting cards. The mid-nineteenth century Valentine's Day trade was a harbinger of further commercialized holidays in the United States to follow. The U.S. Greeting Card Assoc. estimates that approximately one billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year behind Christmas. The association estimates that women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines."

So I guess it's all good right??? Share the love, the enjoyment and the feelings that are all around. Or not...

Anyway, to celebrate February, and the rebuild of http://www.tabphotographic.com/ which will be live with in the next 24-48 hours, as well as Valentines day I will be offering special discounts on photo sessions booked for February and March. Maybe you want to get your sweet someone a photo shoot of you both together, or a most sultry shoot alone as a surprise gift for your sweet heart. Or maybe it's time to get some new shots of the kids. What ever your needs are, all photo sessions for February and March will be greatly discounted to welcome in the spring, the new website rebuild and February as a whole!!!
Most of all, shine on!

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