Is there anything better than a Christmas Photo Friday post? I’m just going to go ahead and say no…nothing better. While we have our lights up in the yard (but we need a few more strands to make everything complete), but the tree isn’t up int he house yet. The nativities aren’t out nor are any of the other decorations. That makes it so nice to come across random Christmas displays along the Coast.
This was truly a random find. I was driving home last week, thinking that I needed to start finding photos for this month’s 10 on 10 Photography Circle post (coming Saturday! Stop back by and check it out), but I wasn’t quite sure what I would eventually shoot. As it often happens, just as I hit the bridge over Bayou Bernard, I looked to the west and realized – oh lord – the sunset!
My first thought was that I would just pull under the bridge and shoot at Kremer’s Landing, but when I actually got to the top of the bridge, I realized that the sun was too far south to make that feasible. The panic set in when I realized that. It’s a familiar feeling for me. I looked out noticing the clouds, and though, oh no…before I can get anywhere, I’m going to miss it. This perfectly beautiful sunset will go to waste. I wondered where I could get to before the sun disappeared behind the clouds.
As I sat at the light at Beach Boulevard, I couldn’t stand it and decided that I would just pull over at the Welcome sign.
Because that light. Sweet lord, that light. Oh my lord that light. There isn’t much else to say about it but…I HAD to stop and I had to stop right then.
(I wish I had cropped this one a little tighter. I’ll go back and do that for printing purposes)
Because I’ve heard many times that landscape photography is made infinitely better when you have something in the foreground, I walked down the beach to get to the sea oats with that incredible light. I didn’t necessarily notice that there were other people in front of the sea oats. To be honest, I didn’t notice what they were looking at even after I was standing right in front of it.
(Cue “Blinded by the Light”)
When I saw it, I squealed and did a hop-step. Christmas! Someone (probably the high rise condo across the street) but out Christmas decorations. At first I just saw the decorations on the fence.
And then I saw the angel and the tree. I couldn’t have been happier to see it. I love that someone decided that what our coast needed was some decorations to greet our visitors. This spot is actually just a little bit west of the main welcome to the beach. If you stroll 100 yards, you’re right there.
It looks like Ms Angel has seen better days, but I think she’s beautiful. It’s been cloudy lately so the solar lights weren’t working the night that I stopped. I haven’t noticed them on any of the other times when I’ve passed that direction. It doesn’t even really matter, though. Just the fact that it is there is enough.
In the end, though, the light was still the star of the show. While I loved Christmas display, I kept going back to the sunset. the only reason why I stopped shooting was that I realized that I was essentially taking the same picture again and again. Culling photos is a very difficult process for me; I have a hard time killing any of my darlings. That problem has served as a reminder to be more judicious in my shots. I still manage a few too many.
This has been a hard year, and I’ve felt it keenly in the last few months. I’m deep in the process of reviewing 2016 and attempting to determine what it is that I want to manifest in 2017. I had plans for 2016 that for many reasons did not work out the way I wanted, which means that my plans for 2017 are different. They are quieter and more of a clarifying nature, designed to bring me a sense of peace and calm that will hopefully lead me to a greater sense of purpose.
As hard as this year as been, there has been great beauty, and for that I am grateful. For the love and beauty that shows up when I least expect it, I am thankful. I cannot think of a better way to close out this year. Thank you for joining me for Photo Friday time and time again and for your support. I hope you are finding much beauty in this holiday season as well.
Welcome to another edition of the Photo Friday link-up! As we approach the end of 2016, I am thankful for each of you who show up each week and support each other. Thank you! As it stands now, I’m planning to continue with link-ups through the end of the year. I hope you will continue to join us!
Last week our most viewed link was from Betty at Photographing New Zealand who shared glimpses of spring which is a nice treat as we descend into winter.
Our final link came from Sarah at 2 Paws Design who documented her family’s Elf’s return. As always, there are some fantastic links added later in the weekend. If you didn’t get a chance to go back and check them, consider giving them a look!
Remember – please visit at least 2 other links; the best part about this link-up is the support that you give to each other!