Enjoy the wizard’s light show

Happy Act

Christmas lights at Upper Canada village in Morrisburg Alight at Night at Morrisburg

When Thomas Edison first hung a string of incandescent lights outside his laboratory in New York in 1880 so commuters on a passing train could see them, they called it the wizard’s light show.

As the Winter Solstice approaches, and the days grow shorter, we turn to lights to brighten the darkness and warm our hearts.

I was in Montreal this week, and even though there was a raging snowstorm, it was beautiful with magnificent wreaths, statues and lights gracing many of the buildings.

Every year, Regent Street in London lights up. Here’s this year’s lighting ceremony on Regent Street. Even though I’ve never been lucky enough to attend the Regent Street festivities in person, I watch it online each year. My favourite was the year Nokia sponsored the display and made the lights interactive, so the crowd could control the lighting. Watch this amazing…

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Black and White Photo Challenge

Now we go steady to the pictures

My good friend from back home, Kaitlin Newman, challenged me to do the seven day black and white photo challenge. It seemed like fun and it gave me an excuse to go out and take some photos. I finished the challenge last week, now I’m posting all of my black and white shots alongside their colour siblings.

When I first started learning photography I mostly shot in black and white–my school couldn’t afford the chemicals necessary to develop colour prints, so instead we did everything in black and white. Black and white photos seem to have a special sharpness to them; they have a completely different feeling than their coloured counterparts. After doing this challenge, I came to find that I really preferred a lot of these photos in black and white.

All photos are (c) Linsey McFadden 2014

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle

Through the Lens of my Life

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Twinkle.”

Dyer Lights 2012

In December of 2012 there was a day I had to go to Brooklyn, New York. On the way home I made a wrong turn and found myself on a street where almost every house was decked to the nines with Christmas lights. I made another turn and there were more lights, then another turn – even more. Block after block of Christmas lights galore. It was a complete spectacular! I had stumbled upon the Dyker Lights, a holiday extravaganza in the Dyker Heights section of Brooklyn. I was extatic to have my camera with me and I took tons of photos!

I didn’t load them all immediately into my computer. I put several on facebook and the rest remained on the memory card. That is, they remained on the memory card until my dog, still a puppy, chewed it…

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Favorite Photos From 2014

The Prairie Ecologist

As we near the end of another year, I’ve put together a collection of my favorite images from 2014.  I hope you enjoy them.  Though I traveled to prairies in several other states this year, all of my favorite images ended up being from Nebraska.  (No offense to the beautiful grasslands in those other states – it’s just the way it worked out this year.)

The slideshow will run on its own, but you can speed it up by clicking on the arrows to move through the images.

Thanks, as always, for your interest in prairies and this blog.  Knowing there are others who enjoy the beauty and complexity of prairie landscapes is very satisfying.  Have a great holiday season!

If you want to see similar collections of images from previous years, here are links to 2013 and 2012.

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