That’s So 2020 – Making Spirits Bright

Like many in this town and on this street, we have put Christmas lights up on our house, a process I am happy to say I did in the warmth of September. This year, I suspended them under the eaves rather than on the gutter, so they would be less visible when not lit. The plan being to leave them up year round to avoid having to climb ladders and roofs, I hoped this would work.

All that being said, once we started lighting them up in December, we realized that while we were providing bright spot for neighbours and passers by, we could not really view them, unless we went outside.

I had a brain wave to install some lights on our back deck and Patty had a better idea to install them on the Schubert chokecherry. Off to Lowes we went to buy a couple of strings. I installed them that day and realized that (2) 20 foot strings would be somewhat underwhelming on a tree that was 35′ tall and 35′ in diameter. So, off to Lowes again for another 4 strings. This time, the desired effect was achieved. We could see the lights from our kitchen and family room and our neighbours could also see them Yay.

Making Spirits Bright ©

Schubert Chokecherry,

all decked out for the Season.

Making spirits bright.

These shots show that even during the day, the bulbs provide a pop of colour, especially in sunshine.

The photos below were taken on time exposure from a camera mounted on tripod. I experimented with several different exposure lengths. There was a small breeze blowing so the longer exposures may not be as sharp as I wished. Also, focusing on light presents challenges.

The following are hand held close ups. Even though I moved on one of them, I kind of like the light trail effect.

Our view from inside the family room

Happy Christmas Eve, everyone. Wishing all your Christmas dreams come true.

Published by kagould17

After working for 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 3+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wanted me to do has been rewarding. While I still miss the social aspect of working with a team of great people, I have managed to keep in touch with many from my former team and I have many friends and family members who now fulfill this part of my life. Now that my Patty has retired, we are able to spend more time in pursuits and with people who are near and dear to us. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may not become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

24 thoughts on “That’s So 2020 – Making Spirits Bright

    1. It took less time than I thought and I think we will leave them up for a spot of colour as the dark winter rolls onward. I will likely add 2 more strings next year. We have got so many thankyous from our neighbours who can also share the lights. Merry Christmas Bernie and Ron. All the best for 2021. Allan

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    1. I know, but, old men should not be climbing up ladders onto slippery snowy roofs in Nov/Dec or so my wife tells me. The tree was OK, as I could only fall about 5 feet, but 14 feet off a house roof is a whole other thing. Merry Christmas to you and your family T. Allan

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  1. It all looks so beautiful and lit up Allan! Wish you and Patty have a really good time and you better be careful in that slippery snow. It’s a little weird your posts stopped showing up and your site got unfollowed, so I had to follow again, did that happen to you as well?

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  2. Your lights look lovely! And we did the same thing this year…hung some lights around our yard where we could also see them from our own house. We just came in from sitting out on on patio on an unusually warm night, and they looked so festive. Merry Christmas!

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