The solstice has now passed and the days are getting longer, but the thermometer is dropping, as the New Year quickly approaches.
What better time to walk around in the freezing cold and photograph some of the seasonal creations that are on display in this northern city, where hours of actual daylight dips below ten hours.
Perhaps this explains why some of the older cultures resorted to building large bonfires to light up the winter night sky.
Nowadays, in the modern era we have the electricity to do the chore for us.
Here in Portland the popular thing to do is to decorate the tress or buildings with balls of lights. It really does look quite splendid in the long winter sky, but I have noticed that the lighting displays have become increasing thinner as the nation struggles throught he darkness of lean economic times.
Here is another picture taken from the city park with a hint of afterglow in the night sky. This concept of hanging lights on trees is quite unique to my eyes and quite wonderful as well.
And finally one more picture of some lights on a tree along with the moon in the night sky which is close to full.
Such is the wonder of the new digital technology, which allows me to go out and take the night picture with a hand held Kodak digital camera, come home and slide the SD card into the slot on my computer and post this picture just hours after it was taken. Best wishes and a Happy New Year, Everett Autumn