The perfect surreal end to a typically surreal year. Dick Clark, Ryan Seacrest, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Carlos Santana, Mayor Bloomberg and a couple million out of towers 3 hours in the past on the teevee, while I am cozy with a cup of tea on the sofa. So long, 2011, it was good to know you.
A shared birthday party is the only way to go. This time, it allowed Micki and I to truly stretch it out to birthday month. Then Delaney wanted in on the action, her birthday is in a few days. So I spent a happy day baking a lemon meringue pie and a gluten free caramelized pear gingerbread upside-down cake, completely messing up the kitchen, then putting it all back together again. It looked like Team Cake was going to take the prize, but Team Pie came on strong in the second half of the dessert distribution, so I think it was really a draw. I’m happy to say all diners were perfectly happy with the offerings and many second helpings were passed around. A happy super late, extra early birthday extravaganza was had by all.
I finally got ornaments on the tree. This is why there are twelve days of Christmas. Day 1, play with toys, visit with family. Day 2, recover from Day 1 and the proceeding 6 weeks. Day 3, decorate tree that has been a well lit blank canvas for several days. Days 4-12, enjoy tree, family, presents, time off.
Yes, both shooting as in lighting them and shooting as in snapping at them. I love the nice surprises that challenging lighting and focus bring.
The local kids who used to be little, but are now teens and able to invest in really amazing displays.
The shots that look like outer space.
The remote control truck the kids rigged up to drive around spewing sparks.
The colorful boxes and wacky names, and the way they look lit by fireworks light.
At little depth of field even.
And just general gorgeousness. Always a treat to upload the photos and see what I caught.