Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: And Here Comes the Holiday Season

One of the special things we do for the holidays is a trip to Brookgreen Gardens for the Night of a Thousand Candles. Brookgreen Gardens is a beautiful sculpture garden and I visit there often. There’s always something in bloom and I always have my camera with me.

The gardens are transformed each December for Night of a Thousand Candles. Lights are placed throughout the gardens and it is transformed into a magical place. It started a week early this year so some of our family visiting for Thanksgiving were still here and able to see it for the first time, Three of our four grandchildren were with us and it was very special to me to see it through their eyes.

My father passed away on Christmas day 2014 so the holiday season has been tough since then. We now have grandchildren though and we make the rounds to visit them so Christmas is magical for me again.

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Magical Lights

This week Amy has chosen “magical lights” as our prompt and it’s come at a most appropriate time as we just purchased our tickets for Night of a Thousand Candles.

Each year Brookgreen Gardens hosts the event.  There are lights through out the gardens along with carolers, story-tellers, bagpipes, food, drink and more.  Thousands of people attend each year.  It’s amazing and it wouldn’t be Christmas without a stroll though the gardens.

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Here’s to 2018!

So 2017 was a ” challenging” year (to put it nicely) and I have to admit, I’ll glad to see it over.  Looking back, there were two constants over the last year that helped me keep things in prospective.  

One, of course, is family.  I have logged countless miles on the road this year and have loved every minute of it.  The drive allows time to reflect and I can sing along to the radio without fear of being overheard.  (No, I can’t carry a tune.)  And there is also the anticipation of seeing those faces with eyes lit up and mouths smiling at you at the end of each trip.

The second constant is my camera.  It goes everywhere with me and while I end up deleting more photos than I keep, I so enjoy seeing an image in my mind becoming reality through my view finder and ultimately in print or on the web.  And while I have so much still to learn, I am also very proud seeing how my skills have grown over the past year.  

To end the year, we spent the Christmas holidays traveling to three states (Tennessee, South Carolina and Florida) to visit family and I took countless photos – including from a moving car!  

For this first post of 2018, I’d like to start with a symbolic capture of the Arthur Ravenel Jr Bridge which was final leg of our trip home.  It’s the final hurdle of 2017 and the road to 2018 is clear and open.

Crossing Ravenel Bridge


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Photo Challenge -Holiday Season

This week we are asked to show one thing that makes our holiday season complete.  

Truthfully, hubby and I have not had a Christmas tree in ages.  The children were grown and gone and at most, I’d pull out some tall wooden soldiers and some figures of Santa and Mrs. Claus and buy some poinsettias. 

These photos were taken at my daughter’s this weekend as she decorated their tree.  Now there are young children/grandchildren so maybe it’s time to start the tradition again.