Maura Texted a Night Pic

Granddaughter Maura (just turned ten) texted me a night photo of a Christmas house. For the blog!

Last night, after Steve and I grabbed a bite, we drove through a neighborhood in search of a few more photos to add to Maura’s.

It’s dark so early now as we approach that shortest day of light.

Here’s the house in Columbus Ohio that Maura sent.

Thanks for the good idea, Maura. What a lot of colorful decorations!

Below are a few Pittsburgh houses, mostly taken from the car except for the snowy animals. I had to get out.

Just a few little things

Just a few little things. Making the season bright. Getting in the Spirit and counteracting the early darkness with festive lights and decorations.

How about the Santa on the lighted canopy over the front steps? Thank goodness I had a red light at the Edgetown intersection.

Lights in the Darkness

Left Pittsburgh Saturday morning and drove into wet snow in Ohio. Michael, Jack and Maura had fun in the city but were excited to be back home, too.

Tonight after supper, Erika drove the kids and me around several neighborhoods to see the lights. They looked cheerful.

Here are a couple of lights to counteract the darkness of winter. The one house had cars lined up to see the homeowner’s efforts.

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

Christmas.

Decking the halls. Preparing for the Christmas season. I haven’t done any decorating, yet. On the recent trip to New York, the effort was in full swing. A couple of Pittsburgh shots, too.

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My Favorite Christmas House

Yes, the longest day of the year is coming soon. Craving the light.

This is the third year I’ve photographed this house.

I love how they go all out.

One year I sent it as my Christmas Card cause it looked like a Gingerbread Candy House all lit up.

This year I took the photo with my iPhone, just two shots.

I think they’ve changed to LED lights.  It must take a tremendous amount of time to install all these lights.

Will I remember to drive by in July and see if they leave them up all year round, such a lot of time to decorate? Probably not.

At the end of the post, if you scroll down, you can see the string of lights Steve added to the front of our house. When I drove home from Ohio Wednesday night, I saw the colorful   beacon along the driveway and it touched me that he put  up a string of lights and plugged them in. Reminiscent of Charlie Brown’s sweet little tree.  He must have found them in the garage.

You can see why I am so attracted to the over the top display highlighting the architectural details of the Morningside home.  So cheerful in the dark night.

 

XmasHouse2015Here is the 2015 view taken Thursday night.

 

 

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The 201o version above.

 

IMG_4266Lone string of lights on bare branch tree to stave off the darkness at my house.  Less is more?

December’s Electric Bill?

December's Electric BillColumbus Ohio.  About two miles from Mark and Erika’s house.  Erika drove the kids to see the lights.  I propped the camera on the window and was able to catch it but a tripod and cable release would have been useful.  Must be a lot of work to take down all the lights and decorations.  holiday

Holiday Spirit on Not My House

Not a sprig of evergreen or a single bulb at my house. Not an angel or a garland or candy cane.

And then I drive by this place!  WHOA.

Serious decorations.  I wonder where they store them the other eleven months.  The traffic must stop as gawkers drive by.  Like me.

By a friend’s special request, the first holiday house spotted and captured at night. Last year, or maybe it was the year before,  I used to drive around and shoot inflatable turkeys and then Santas on rooftops and even an inflatable nativity scene and when I got out of the car I could hear the air blowing.   Somehow I lost interest in this subject matter.  On the way to Virginia, one lawn had 37 inflatables the inhabitants told me.  After that spotting, I just didn’t feel moved to try and capture the blowing hot air filling the bright, colored cloth. Everyone had them on their lawn or so it seemed. I stopped saying, “Holy Cow, I can’t believe that display!” and raise my camera to shoot.

It’s not that I am Scroogella or anything. I enjoy other people’s efforts to brighten the darkness (and sunset comes before 5PM these days), I just got out of the “seeing” the decorations and photographing them. .

But I’m back- what else could I do?  This scene could not be ignored.

These  lights demanded my attention and capture.

Discovered because I went to a CD release party in Regent Square. Who knew it was waiting around the corner?

But then

Electric Nativity with Santa and Carolers Combo

Thanks for all the condolences and comments on the passing of Fred (yesterday’s post).  Must have been a bit distracted because there were 2 errors in two sentences and of course the date isn’t 2011 yet.  I am going to have to hire a proofreader for when I am tired.   Thanks to V and Keith.    So is the preference white lights or colored lights?

Christmas Decorations at Night
I am still thinking of the around-the-year storage for these items.

Here is one of the final Christmas lights at night series for Christmas Eve.  It can’t be as much fun to dismantle as it is to decorate!