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Weekly Photo Challenge: Glow

Yeah…it’s cliche, but it is the holiday season.  The days are short.  The sunset comes early enough that I see that golden glow most every day as I drive home from work.  Today on my way home I dropped by the beach because I heard there were high surf advisories (with sets up to 9 feet!).  I caught the golden glow, but it’s hard to see that the surf is a bit larger than usual.


A few days ago I managed to catch the sun behind the lifeguard tower. The angle I caught created this red glow (along with the sun spot reflecting on my lens)…an interesting effect.  (Does it have a technical name?)IMG_8055

Somedays the glow is less obvious, but there is something wonderful about this late afternoon light before the sun sets.  The edge of the waves look so creamy and dimensional and the sand seems so flat and smooth in contrast.  I love the beach this time of the year when it belongs mostly to those who can’t resist the lure of the sea.


Sometimes the sea and the sky seem to dance, intertwined as they swirl and swoop, partners in blue and gold.  This particular vantage gives an expansive view looking out, looking down, and looking up.


And because it gets dark so early, we have lots of electrical light too.  This tree was a-glow, lit from top to bottom, shining in the early evening darkness.  There’s definitely a festiveness that comes with the wearing of the lights.


And there’s the sparkle and glow of indoor light.  In this case, reflecting on the large glass globes adorning the tree.  And if you look closely, you’ll see me glowing in there too.  A nifty selfie reflected in the holiday glow!


So…what’s glowing in your world these days?  Nature’s lights?  Holiday lights?  Or the warm smile of a friend?

You can post your photo alone or along with some words: commentary, a story, a poem…maybe even a song! I love to study the photographs that others’ take and think about how I can use a technique, an angle, or their inspiration to try something new in my own photography. (I love a great mentor text…or mentor photo, in this case!) I share my photography and writing on social media. You can find me on Instagram and Twitter using @kd0602. If you share your photos and writing on social media too, please let me know so I can follow and see what you are doing. To help our Weekly Photo community find each other, use the hashtag #glow for this week and include @nwpianthology in your post.

Be on the lookout for glow, and capture it through your lens!  I’m looking forward to your interpretation.

Holiday Twinkle

My neighborhood is filled with light this time of the year.  Icicle lights hang from eves, nets of lights hang on shrubs, and I even noticed some new light sources projecting light on the walls of houses and words onto a garage.

Tonight, with peppermint hot chocolate in hand, we set off for a nighttime walk around the neighborhood to appreciate the twinkle of lights decorating the neighbors’ houses.  With only my iPhone as camera, I tried my hand at some night photography.  It’s pretty clear that I still have some work to do at improving in this area of photography.

I loved these lanterns hanging from a tree.  They seem to be a string of colored lights arranged in chicken wire.

colorful lantern

I had fun playing around with this snowman.  Using the app Big Lens, I was able to focus on the snowman and blur the background and then use a filter called snow to create a chilling effect! (And trust me, it’s not snowing here!)

snowy snowmanHere’s a version without the snow effect.


There are lots of colorful lights hanging from bushes, wrapped around palm trees, and outlining doorways.  Some flash, some blink, and some stay lit steadily.

colorful lights

There are elaborate displays…some reminiscent of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation…and others more serene like this one with two deer in lights.

deer in lights

And as much as I enjoy these twinkling holiday lights, I find myself drawn to nature’s twinkle of sun on water.  I am a sucker for a beautiful sunset…and take too many photos of them.  This one from earlier this week was particularly beautiful with the clouds hunched along the horizon.

sparkling sunset

And I love the twinkle of the clouds reflected in the still water of the lagoon after yesterday’s storm.  If you look closely you can see a ripple of the breeze along the water.

lagoon and clouds

As we head towards our shortest day, light becomes the focus of holiday celebrations.  I notice myself seeking out the light…looking for sunrises and sunsets, holiday light displays and candlelight.  There is something both calming and energizing about the light of late fall as we celebrate winter holidays.

What light draws your attention?  Where do you find the twinkle of light in your life?