December 18-24, 2012
The week leading into Christmas is always crazy. Lots of planning. Lots of travel, and lots of family. That’s what this week was about.
Tuesday’s picture for Week 31 of the 365 Photo Project saw us planning for our Sunday before Christmas brunch with friends.
We were actually planning two events that day and these were the menus were were toying with.
I love Christmas lights on the tree, and I wanted to experiment with bokeh or the blurry background. This was the experiment.
It was a votive candle holder, and I opened the aperture way up to get the effect. I really like the way the colorful Christmas Tree lights turned out.
As we headed toward the solstice and the end of the year, Evan was preparing too. His office had an End of The World Party. Part of the fun was tin foil hats. Not sure why, exactly. His tin foil hat looked awesome, I might add.
And of course, Friday was the solstice. In Alaska, solstice is a welcome time, because it means we gain daylight.
For some perspective, this shot was taken close to noon. See how low the sun is on the horizon. That’s life in Alaska. We were under four hours of daylight.
Saturday took us to the mall for a shopping trip. Evan’s dad gives us all some cash for Christmas and away we go shopping to spend it. I really like this shot of Santa giving me the naughty finger.
He was a great sport for the shot. I took several of him as he was between kids.
Sunday, I flew home to Fairbanks and hung with my family. Here’s my brother and his son.
But I included a second picture of my parents, mainly because it is good of my father.
And on Christmas Eve, we drove out to the Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska. It’s just a 20 minute drive from Fairbanks to the North Pole.
Next, come Christmas!