Tuesday, December 15, 2009

20 photos of Christmas, Day 10 | Historic building a reminder of home, literally

Spanish moss hangs in front of the William H. Gleason House, which was all decked out for the season. There was a strange fog in Melbourne on Monday, when this was taken. Because it wasn't that thick, the fog only appears as a slight haze. But it makes this scene glow a bit more than it would on a clear night.

Note: Because I was raised in New England, Christmas is different in Florida, but it's still Christmas nonetheless. And I need to convince myself of that. So, in the next 20 days, including the holiday itself, I intend to find Christmas here in Brevard County and portray it through a different photo each day.

New England homes, usually made of wood, tend to glow amid the snowbanks and drifts during the Christmas season. Up there, there's always a tree in the picture window and smoke billowing from the chimney. I miss that quaintness. In Florida, it's all about stucco and concrete block construction. And rain. There's no snow to be seen here. And there's no need for a wood stove.

The old houses in Melbourne's historic Eau Gallie neighborhood offer the closest resemblance to the ones up north. This particular one, the William H. Gleason House, dates to the late 1800s. It now houses the Old Pineapple Inn bed and breakfast on Pineapple Avenue, which parallels the Indian River. Its Queen Ann architectural style, two-story structure and Christmas lights, the glow from which was accentuated by fog, remind me of home.

Earlier editions
Day 1: A lighted bush and the bokeh effect
Day 2: The city tree at warp speed
Day 3: Lights' reflection on a retention pond
Day 4: More than just seasonal colors
Day 5: Golden lights during the golden hour
Day 6: Four Christmas trees and one giant ornament
Day 7: Future Santa Claus
Day 8: Ornament on a Charlie Brown-style tree
Day 9: Stars in the east during the Geminids

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