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This week the theme for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is Reflection, from Patti Moed.
The photos I selected for this post are reflections of water I admired during different trips near and far.
This is Puente de Alcántara Bridge over the calm river, Toledo Spain.
I took a photo of the yacht during our whale watching trip at Newport Harbor California.
On the same day of the whale watching, we had dinner at the beach and watched the sunset.
Our family went to China and visited Guilin. This is Reed Flute Cave with different color lights revealing the rock formation and the reflections from the underground water.
I have been living in southern California for 40 years. Last week was the first time my husband and I went on a cruise to see the Holiday Lights. All the homes, their yachts, cruise boats and restaurants by the water were decorated with Christmas lights. It was a treat from my daughter!
Amy’s theme for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge this week is Celebration.
December is a month of celebration for me and my family. We observe the advent which is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for Christmas–the birth of Christ. It begins four weeks and Sundays before Christmas and continues until Christmas. The preparation includes lighting an Advent wreath, setting up a Christmas tree and decorations.
Last week, December 8th and 9th, 2018 – the second weekend of December, Our Community Choir represents George Frideric Handel’s (1685 – 1759) Messiah. Messiah is a sacred oratorio. An oratorio is a musical composition for choir, orchestra and soloists. It differs from opera because it is a concert piece and not staged with sets, costumes and props. Handel composed the music Messiah in 24 days. The text was a selection from the King James version of the Bible compiled by Charles Jennens, a musician/poet. Messiah is a majestic musical edifice and a popular favorite around the world.
My favorite piece is “For unto Us a Child is Born.” 4.12 minutes.
The third weeks, we get together with different groups of friends for celebration.
The week of Christmas we go to church and spend time with our immediate and extended family.
Next week this time, we’ll be in Portland, Oregon. We will spend Christmas with our daughter and son-in-law. It is such a precious time whenever we get together. We have been counting down the months, weeks, and days to the day we go.
My daughter and her husband pay a fee to cut their own Christmas tree every year. I love the scent of the fresh pine tree. Their plan is to take us to Mt. Hood. Oh, how I love to be in the snow! We may go see the Christmas lights also.
My daughter’s birthday is the day after Christmas. We will celebrate her birthday in a restaurant of her choice. She was almost a Christmas baby (I spent Christmas in the hospital)!
Great anticipation to Christmas and her birthday with much warmth in my heart! Here are some photos from last year.
Portland night scene
Fresh Christmas tree
Drive through Christmas lights
The restaurant’s complimentary birthday cake for my daughter’s birthday
Weekly Photo Challenge: Anticipation