Welcome to the right-before-Christmas Photo Friday! I hope that y’all are ready…that if you celebrate, your packages are wrapped and under the tree. As I type this, I’m in a hotel room and when this goes live, we’ll be on the road home. My pre-holiday has involved traveling approximately 1,800 miles in a car, being forced to wear socks and shoes because of single digit temperatures (I’m a flip flop kinda girl), and reconnecting with members of my family whom I haven’t seen in forever. While I’ve missed being home, it’s been an incredible trip. Good thing I had most of my Christmas shopping done before I left!
This week’s Photo Friday post continues with the Christmas light theme, bringing you photos from the Gulfport Harbor and Jones Park, featuring the Harbor Lights and Winter Festival. This is the second year for the lights, and they are magnificent. Sweet Husband and I haven’t actually been through them yet, but I somehow seem to find myself there after-hours, capturing the parts of it that are the most beautiful to me.
That was the case this past Saturday. I had some time to kill before I headed off to New Orleans to pick my Sner up at the airport. Weather cancellations from the previous day delayed her flight by more than two hours. Interestingly enough, I’d been at the harbor earlier that morning taking pictures of the sunrise. I’m torn between loving the lights and adoring the sunrise.
Fog shrouded the Coast Saturday night, which gave Jones Park quite the eerie feel, softening and distorting the lights to various degrees. Learning how to shoot in various conditions is challenging, but I find that I’m enjoying it. Perhaps in the dark of night isn’t the exact right spot to be doing the investigation of how to tweak your shooting technique. Will be better prepared next time.
I love the lighthouse. It’s constantly changing, and I kinda wish I’d just done a whole series of photos one right after the other of the different patterns morphing and emerging.
There’s so much more than the lighthouse, though, despite the fact that it keeps calling me back.
The pelican with the fish just may be my favorite. He’s a hoot! The fish travels along the arch and eventually winds up right in his mouth. Our feathered friends probably wish that was how it actually happened. They have to work a bit harder for their supper. The seahorses are pretty cool too. They come on in succession, lighting up one right after the other. I found when I was trying to capture him, I had to press the shutter before I was ready or I wound up with nothing.
The trees are the other magical part of the Harbor Lights. Both the gigantic Christmas trees changing colors in much the same way as the lighthouse and the live oaks wrapped in white lights create awe. I focused more on the Christmas trees, though; forgive me please.
There is something infinitely peaceful to me about the Christmas tree – these ginormous ones, the fresh cut ones in our homes, the artificial ones lining the shopping centers. I love them in all their beautifully coordinated glory and in all of their random, precious disarray (we have the random tree in our house).
I hope that y’all have enjoyed your trip to Gulfport Harbor and that you’re preparing for a holiday that is filled with those blessings that you most want. May your holidays be about love and laughter rather than stress and chaos. As my own personal Grinch said before I left out on my road trip, Christmas isn’t about the stuff, it’s about the people. I hope yours love you and bring you great joy. I’ve been reminded of that spirit in the last few days; my heart over-flows with grace. I hope that same spirit finds you too. Merry Christmas y’all!
Sorry about the difficulty – this post was scheduled to go live this morning at 10. It didn’t. & then when I manually published from the app, it’s not showing up. Don’t know what’s up.
Photo Friday Link-Up
Welcome to our holiday edition of the Photo Friday link-up! Thank you so much for stopping by to share with us! Please remember to support each other. Last week we had 41 participants but only 39 visits to those links. You get the exposure you want from a link up by supporting the other participants. Didn’t get an visits from here? Consider clicking through and leaving a comment on some of the other blogs.
Last week our most viewed link came from Stephanie at In Her Lens who shared the latest installment of her Monochrome Series.
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I know you’ll be busy this weekend with the holiday celebrations. I hope that they are everything you want them to be! Thanks for stopping by and supporting us here at Photo Friday again this week!