Friday, December 18, 2009

20 photos of Christmas, Day 13 | The season's simplicity through children

Carried by her dad, a girl looks back and waves at the end of the Cocoa Beach parade Saturday.

This girl was pretty animated and excited to see Santa coming down the road on a firetruck, the parade's grand finale. I have other shots of her jumping around and whatnot, but this more staid pose stood out for some reason.

This little boy was focused on the piece of candy he had just plucked from the pavement of southbound State Road A1A.

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.

I'm again breaking the original purpose of this series, which was to post a single Christmas-themed photo each day. This edition, instead, includes three photos but a single theme: simplicity. Each photo, taken during the Christmas parade in Cocoa Beach last Saturday, features a child more prominently than the rest of the image. The cuteness of the holiday season, after all, is better conveyed through little children than through fat old men with white beards or through plastic Christmas trees.

Only one week to go!

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
Day 10: Historic building a reminder of home, literally
Day 11: Cocoa Beach welcome tree at sunset
Day 12: A tree and a fountain

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