Merry Christmas! Enjoy these Christmas light displays

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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!

Christmas light diplay on front yard
Christmas light diplay on front yard
Christmas light decorations on homes
Christmas light decorations on homes
Snowman Christmas light display
Snowman Christmas light display
Christmas light reindeers and dog
Christmas light reindeers and dog
Mickey Mouse Christmas light decorations and tree
Mickey Mouse Christmas light decorations and tree
Christmas light reindeer and candy cane decorations
Christmas light reindeer and candy cane decorations
Christmas lights : penguins playing with the snowman's head
Christmas lights : penguins playing with the snowman’s head
Christmas lights : polar bear and Coca Cola bottle
Christmas lights : polar bear and Coca Cola bottle
Christmas lights : Rudolph and the reindeer pulling Santa's sleigh
Christmas lights : Rudolph and the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh
Christmas light outdoor decorations
Christmas light outdoor decorations
Christmas lights : Star Wars display - may the force be with you this Christmas
Christmas lights : Star Wars display – may the force be with you this Christmas

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Let there be light!

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Today I’m participating in the WordPress weekly photo challenge and this week’s theme is “let there be light”. If you like what you see, feel free to subscribe and receive nature photography updates a few times a week.

Well, Thanksgiving is over and it’s now a straight line to Christmas. So how about some Christmas lights for this theme? Here are my favorite Christmas decorations from last year. Enjoy!

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Let there be light - Christmas lights
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Let there be light – Christmas lights
Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Let there be light - Santa Christmas lights
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Let there be light – Santa Christmas lights
Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Let there be light - Christmas decorations
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Let there be light – Christmas decorations
Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Let there be light - Snowman Christmas lights
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Let there be light – Snowman Christmas lights

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Travel theme: Light

Today I’m participating in Where’s My Backpack’s Travel Theme photo challenge. This week’s theme is “light”. Enjoy my photos and remember you can click on each photo for a larger view.

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.

Travel theme: Light shining on a lemon
Travel theme: Light shining on a lemon

There’s the light of the morning sun.

Travel theme: Light on the rising sun
Travel theme: Light on the rising sun

And the light of the setting sun.

Travel theme: Light of the setting sun
Travel theme: 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.

Travel theme: Light of a chandelier
Travel theme: Light of a chandelier

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!

Travel theme: Light - full moon
Travel theme: Light – full moon

And is there any happier light than the one created by Christmas lights?

Travel theme: Light of Christmas lights
Travel theme: Light of Christmas lights

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rainbow colors

This week’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge theme is rainbow colors. Photos must display at least four strong colors.

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.

Remember you can click on each image for a larger view.

Here’s a colorful tiger swallowtail butterfly on bougainvillea: yellow, black, red, green and blue.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rainbow colors - tiger swallowtail butterfly
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rainbow colors – tiger swallowtail butterfly

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.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rainbow colors - California wildflowers
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rainbow colors – California wildflowers

The sumac tree can display very colorful foliage in the fall. Here’s some yellow, orange, red, green and blue.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rainbow colors - sumac foliage
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rainbow colors – sumac foliage

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.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rainbow colors - lemon blossoms
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rainbow colors – lemon blossoms

Finally, what’s more colorful than Christmas lights? Oh, so many colors… Ho, ho, ho!

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rainbow colors - Colorful Christmas lights
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rainbow colors – Colorful Christmas lights

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Red and White

This week’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge theme is the colors of red, white, or red and white together. How about some hibiscus to illustrate this colorful theme?

Remember you can click on each image below for a larger view.  Here’s a beautiful red hibiscus flower to start with.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Red hibiscus flower
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Red hibiscus flower

A white hibiscus flower is just as pretty, believe it or not. It even has a little pinkish red on it.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: white hibiscus flower
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: white hibiscus flower

There’s also the beautiful ornamental pear blossoms of San Diego’s Balboa Park. They don’t smell good but they sure are pretty!

Pear blossoms at San Diego's Balboa Park
Pear blossoms at San Diego’s Balboa Park

Now, if you’re looking for red and white on a single picture, take a peek at my budding strawberries. Amid the green and red leaves, you can find a few white strawberry blossoms.

Red strawberry leaves and white strawberry blossoms
Red strawberry leaves and white strawberry blossoms

Spring is almost here but Christmas wasn’t that long ago and ’tis the ultimate season for red and white!

Santa Christmas lights: red and white
Santa Christmas lights: red and white