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I wish you and your loved ones a very merry Christmas, whether it’s a white Christmas, or a wet one, or a sunny one. A few nights ago I went to our town’s best Christmas light displays with my kids and took picture after picture as we enjoyed the show. With these images, I’m sending some Christmas cheer your way!
Today is Small Business Saturday 2013, the one day of the year to encourage people like you to skip the mall and online retailers, and make your purchases at your local mom and pop shop instead. Support small businesses and your local community and make a difference one day at a time.
Remember that my 2014 nature photography calendars(choose between five different themes) are available for sale. Use coupon code BLKFRIZAZZLE to save 60%, valid on November 30, 2013 until midnight. Look in the left sidebar on my website for the most up-to-date discount coupon code. All calendars are made to order in the USA so you support the US economy with your purchase, and a starving artist (me!). I also appreciate any referral through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and of course your blog or website.
When taking photos, light is your best friend. It can also be your best enemy. Capturing the light the right way can make for a good or a not so good picture. I love using sunlight as much as I can to compose my photos, for example with this lemon.
There’s the light of the morning sun.
And the light of the setting sun.
Of course, light isn’t always natural, and we’re surrounded by plenty of artificial light. Here’s plenty of light from this glass chandelier in the lobby of the Hotel Del Coronado in Coronado, California.
And then, there’s the moon. Of course, the moon doesn’t produce light but only reflects it, and a full moon can reflect a lot of light!
And is there any happier light than the one created by Christmas lights?
Well, this is quite a challenge for me because I like to keep my photos as simple as possible, with the least distraction. Most often, a large amount of colors can make a photo look busy. I think I managed to find a few photos that fit this theme well. Let me know what you think.
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Here’s a colorful tiger swallowtail butterfly on bougainvillea: yellow, black, red, green and blue.
I love California wildflowers and I can’t wait to see them pop up everywhere in the spring. Here’s yellow, red, purple, pink and green.
The sumac tree can display very colorful foliage in the fall. Here’s some yellow, orange, red, green and blue.
The next photo is a lemon blossom. It’s featured in my 2013 photo calendar for the month of February. Here’s white, pink, green and blue.
Finally, what’s more colorful than Christmas lights? Oh, so many colors… Ho, ho, ho!