lighting the night at christmas

For many years people have been using brightening up the darkenss of the winter months by decorating the streets of their cities with festive lights. Everything from Candles and gas lamps to present day “Christmas lights” have been used.

After living in Russia for some time, I began to understand even more the joy of having these decorative lights through the winter months. Moscow would light up at night, and despite getting dark at 4pm the streets would shine and bring new life to the cold nights.

I remember growing up going out and decorating the front of the house with Christmas lights, the vast array of colors providing a certain feeling inside that just made you feel good. Then there was driving around to look at other people’s light displays. There is so much association between lights and the Christmas holiday, it has become something of much anticipation.

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Insects

I am amazed that so much color and beauty could be contained in something so small.  As I was spending some time in nature I was able to catch these shots of butterflies.  Butterflies are beautiful creatures.  Their colors have been capturing the eyes of photographers for decades.  Once more beautiful aspect of God’s creation.