Friday, January 10, 2014
The Last Lights of Christmas
The Parks Department has been slow in taking down the Christmas lights, to my complete gratitude. I love the lights. My druthers would be to leave Christmas lights shine until about Memorial Day.
I walked out last night and attempted to take a picture of my favorite light display: a magnificent spruce tree wrapped with colored lights (some of which mysteriously oscillated between red/blue or red/green) and its surrounding deciduous trees with their strands of white lights. This was the dull and pallid result.
Disappointed, I decided to improve on nature and alter the photograph with an editor. Honest photographers would rightly find this reprehensible. My only defense is that I wanted to recreate the bright and lovely blur that my near-sighted eyes actually saw. An acute observer will notice that my hands shook with the cold, causing the image of each light bulb to trace out a lower-case "e."