Chewy — World Traveler

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All over the world

Every year, our friends and family waited with bated breath for our Christmas card. Every year we presented a photo of far-flung locales with the Muse and I and the boy.

Sometimes the scenes happened almost as shown.

Xmas 2007 Blog

We began the tradition in 2007 on the Sonoma County Coast. I told a business associate that we had to rent a helicopter to get the tree onto the rock. She believed it. And we were off to a roaring start!


XMas 2008 Blog

  1. St Regis Mountain, New York State. Easier when I was a kid.


Xmas 2009 Blog

  1. Patio of the Art Institute in Chicago. Our kind of town.


Xmas 2010 Blog

  1. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Vince gave me permission to re-do his self-portrait. I don’t know how Chewy got into another one of the paintings.


Xmas 2011 Blog

  1. A major city in France. That tower is a real eye-full.


Xmas 2012 Blog

  1. A major river in a major city in the UK.


Xmas 2013 Blog

  1. A conversation with two old gents in the aforementioned major UK city.


Xmas 2014 Blog

  1. Yes, Chewy really did go to Lake Tahoe with us. Every year.


Xmas 2015 Blog

  1. A major West Coast city. A famous bridge.


Xmas 2016 Blog

  1. Full circle.

Same hats every year. Magic. Same tree too.

The Author

California based fine-art photographer featuring abstract, impressionist, and minimalist seascapes — near and distant — and floral-based images. Fine-art photography can be seen at All original images on this blog are copyright 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 Michael Scandling. All rights reserved. No images on this site may be copied, duplicated, reused, published, or re-purposed in any way without express permission from the copyright owner, Michael Scandling.


  1. The best xmas cards ever!!!!! Love the hat on Van Gogh and tree on other places!!!!! Did Chewy actually get in the Met? Of course I’m not questioning him modeling for Vincent!
    Brilliant and bittersweet.. In our albums we always added Loretta as ‘The Producer’. She was with us in all our studio sessions. Looking back at those photos make me smile but we miss her so much…

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  2. These are so clever Michael, I loved every one of them. No wonder your friends looked forward to them! We’re in the midst of a tropical depression with teeming rain and your post really brightened the day 😊

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  3. So fun we need more fun Michael…it’s almost amazing to think it’s nearly June already…half way there nearly for another Christmas 😳😂🤣 merry merry days to you all ~ smiles Hedy 💫

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  4. When I saw the first shot I thought he was really wearing the hat which neither Bentley, Murphy, Dixie, nor Cassie would ever do. They are all fun images and yes, make happy memories once the sadness has passed.

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  5. melissabluefineart says

    It is hard to lose such a dear companion. I’m glad you have these fun reminders of him to cheer you. They certainly cheered me! What fun to travel the world with you this morning!

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  6. The joy and fun you had with creating the cards comes over so well. Delightful stories devoted to travelling, art, nature and simply a lovely tribute to a dear companion. 🌺🐾🐾🌺

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  7. Absolutely wonderful set of photos, highly imaginative and amusing >>> in a nice way(!!!) this very much reminds me of the worldwide travels gnome in the film Amelie! A very favourite film of mine, very much an inspiration. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  8. Wow! Do I ever feel country and redneck now… all I have of Mr. T are images of him carrying big sticks in his mouth or carrying off fruit from the fruit trees to sneak in the house for later consumption. What a clever idea and what great times you had! I’m going to get real Oklahoma redneck now and just say those Christmas cards are bad ass! So hilarious!

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