Holiday Cheer Santa Claus Lane Style

Every year, there is a neighborhood in my town that goes all out at Christmas.  It has become a tradition of many local families to either walk or drive the street and enjoy the spectacular displays.  They don’t do it for profit, but there is a spot that you can leave food for the local needy.  It’s a highlight of our season to pick up some hot chocolate with the kids and stroll down the street.  I know many towns have similar streets, but I like to think ours is particularly special.  I don’t know any of the families that take part, but from my family to yours THANK YOU for bringing a little more cheer into our lives.

Happy Everything to all my followers, whatever it is you celebrate and I wish you peace and prosperity in the New Year.

Here’s some of my favorites from our very own “Santa Clause Lane”.  Click any image to go to the gallery view.  Enjoy!


Here in Coastal Southern California we seldom get the full autumn spectrum that includes rich Reds and rusty oranges. Instead our turning leaves slowly surrender from green to yellow then hurry straight to brown. Snapped this one last week on a muddy walk after long overdue rain. I’ve always loved that vibrantly quenched color when the world is saturated with water. IMG_0621.JPG

Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellowj

Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist

I had some time before a portrait session yesterday and happened to be in a spot with fallen leaves.  In Coastal Southern California, we actually have to seek out places like this.  I took advantage of those minutes to shoot for this week’s photo challenge.  Of the two images below I find the first to be most compelling.  I think my brain had somehow merged this week’s minimalist theme with the previous week’s and the word “Descent” popped right into my mind.  From a minimalist standpoint, I’m relying solely on the leaf pattern and texture to catch the interest and tell the story.  Taken more literally the leaf is a sign of our descent from fall to winter.  But the lines branching downward toward the dark mottled spots suggests something a little more sinister to me, a descent into darkness…sin…even hell.  Either that or maybe my days are just starting to get I’m feeling a bit of the winter blues already.

The second one–that just says fall to me.  Pretty straightforward.

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Want to play, too?  Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist





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