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~~ The Nutcracker ~~

It's Christmas at the Stahlbaum home. There' s a huge tree, and many guests arrive to celebrate with the family. Clara's godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer, makes magical toys. He entertains the guests with two life-sized dolls that dance around the room. Then he gives gifts to the children, and gives Clara a very special gift of a nutcracker. Her brother, Fritz, is jealous, and grabs the nutcracker and it gets broken! Clara is very upset, so Herr Drosselmeyer repairs the doll before handing it back to her..
Soon after, all the guests leave and the children go to bed.
Clara gets up in the night and goes downstairs to get her nutcracker from under the tree. She falls asleep there,
and is transported into Christmas fantasy where her nutcracker has grown to the size of a human.
When the Mouse King attacks, the Nutcracker Prince tries to valiantly defend young Clara, but is struck down in the battle.
Clara in turn saves her Nutcracker Prince by throwing her shoe at the Mouse King and defeating him.
With the nasty Mouse King out of the way, Clara runs to the Nutcracker Prince.
When she kisses him, he turns into a human! Then she and her Prince are whisked away through the Enchanted Forest,
where they see dancing snowflakes and other wonders.
Then they travel further to the Kingdom of the Sweets.
Clara awakens from her dream and finds herself by her Christmas tree with her beloved Nutcracker.

Alphabet soup of today...Letter T

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coolio 26-Aug-2006 01:54
Hey! I find out what i am going to be 2 morrow~ I will tell u!
courtney 26-Aug-2006 01:53
wow. I am going to be in my nutcracker tomorrow. lol!
Phase Photography - Antonius Thambrin29-Oct-2005 00:14
Oooh... love the colors.. and the bokeh is so nice too... ^_^
Kelly Clark Moncure05-Sep-2005 21:03
great shot! LOVE the colors. And by the way, I LOVE Chicago too! I visited for the first time last summer (right when Millenium park opened) and was shocked at how beautiful, clean and friendly it was! And a great art scene too! Lucky you for living there!!!
: ) Kelly
Guest 04-Dec-2004 00:26
Excellent shot with beautiful colors and great DOF!
Linda Mingay03-Dec-2004 20:03
fab photo - the controlled depth of field is perfect - couldn't be better
Danny Barton03-Dec-2004 13:09
Nicely composed. Good DOF.
Guest 03-Dec-2004 10:39
Guest 03-Dec-2004 02:01
Wonderful! The crop, and dof is superb! Nice, J&J!
Argishti Khachik03-Dec-2004 01:56
Excellent and wonderful shot JJ! Very nice colors and DOF!
jude03-Dec-2004 01:27
Fantastic! excellent DOF here.. and such great colors... I love the music from "The Nutcracker"...
Stu02-Dec-2004 22:58
Excellent shot.
northstar3702-Dec-2004 22:38
Josy's Pics02-Dec-2004 22:14
Yogi, please don't shoot me but I don't know about "The Tin Soldier" :(. I know the Nutcracker story because I saw the Nutcracker Ballet here in Chicago and I really loved it.
It's beautiful!
lissa lo02-Dec-2004 22:10
I didn't know the Nutcracker story (ok, shoot me!) but this pic reminds of that children classic.. "The Tin Soldier" - I think it's called. Or is it one and the same story?
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