Monday, December 15, 2008

Lights by the water

Laval, QC, December 2006 [Click to enlarge]

There are probably safer places to be on a cold winter's night than alone by a darkened river in a quiet corner of the burbs. Of course, this only occurred to me after I had taken a few long exposures on the riverbank near my in-laws' place. I guess I was having too much fun to worry about much else. Eventually, my fingers became too cold to hold the camera comfortably, and it was time to head in.

Your turn: Christmas lights aren't part of my reality, but every year we appreciate when our neighbors put them up. There's something warmly comforting about how these icons of the season cut through the night and make the cold seem just a little bit easier to take. It's always a little bit sad when they're taken down, because long winter nights go better with a bit of brightness and color.

Why this photo: Thematic Photographic zooms in on bright-themed photos this week. Have you shared yours? Either way, hope you'll head over here and share your own bright photo.


Beverly said...

While it isn't cold by any means here in Florida, I'm sitting here looking at the lights on my Christmas tree and enjoying the glow. I just posted about my tree. It isn't beautiful, but it holds many memories for me...of days gone by before my husband and I had any children, and then after they came the ornaments that adorned the tree that marked what was happening during that particular year of their lives. It's a good thing.

magiceye said...

this is gorgeous!

mo.stoneskin said...

Lovely photo. Good job your fingers weren't so numb you dropped the camera in the river.

Anonymous said...

Lovely reflections. This is a beautiful night shot.

I love all the decorations this time of year. The lights make the whole world seem just a little bit brighter. But then I read the morning headlines... :(

Anonymous said...

It's a beautiful shot...I love how the lights alter the colour of the night sky.
I love to go down to NJ at night and look across the Hudson River at the lights of NYC. There is something very comforting about it...a reminder of how life continues there, I suppose.
Bella :)

Mojo said...

I spent a good part of last Friday night doing exactly the same thing. I almost never put up lights of my own, but they make for some pretty cool photographs.

Sorry to hear about your friend, I've been scanning your recent posts for details, but at the end of the day loss is loss no mater how it happens.