Saturday, December 5, 2009

Week 32, Day 226, December 5, 2009, Groton Christmas Tree

Ever since I can remember our town has had a fake Christmas Tree on the hill above the village.  It's actually not even a tree.  It is strings of blue lights running from the top of a telephone pole to the ground.  On top of the telephone pole is speakers for the village's chimes.  These chimes/lights/tree sit on top of the hill above the village, so the tree can be seen from just about all parts of the village, and many parts of the surrounding town.
One year somebody destroyed many of the bulbs on the strings, and the village could not afford to replace them.  A decision was made not to display them that year.  Several of the local businesses and people in the town felt it was an important part of our community, and donated money to replace the lights.  I have to agree.  I've never seen anything quite like our fake tree. 

Lessons Learned:
  • Holiday decorations make great photo opportunities.
  • Things that are unique in an area make great photo opportunities.
  • At one time, I would have thought of these lights as kind of strange.  Today they bring back a lot of good memories, and are part of a pretty special community.
Photo details: Exposure time 2.5 sec, Aperture f/5.0, ISO 100, Focal Length 155 mm, 35 mm equivalent focal length 252mm, Lens Canon 70-200mm f2.8L USM, tripod, some photo manipulation to remove the reflection of the blue lights off of some of the trees behind the tree.


Kari said...

Did they change the color of the bulbs? I always remembered them as more of a teal color...

Andrew said...

That's cool! I love having a tripod for night photography. It makes life so much simpler (and less blurry).

Nicki said...

Absolutely beautiful picture of this! You did a great job!!

Elizabeth Gilje said...

Aren't those traditions great! I am saddened to hear someone would destroy them (who does that?!?), but happy to hear the town together to reinstate it. We have these decorations I call "spiders" above each intersection on our main street and each is a different color. While some think they are ugly, I will be devastated the year they stop the tradition. It's been around as long as I've lived here - 18 years or so.

Anyway, this is a great shot and I love the meaningful nature behind it.

I might try and venture down there one night to capture a shot of ours. :)

Gary's third pottery blog said...

It wasn't me! I was just walking my dog!!!!!!!