Wednesday, December 23, 2009

20 photos of Christmas, Day 18 | Palm trees at sunset

A crescent moon appears above decorated palm trees in Viera, just as the sun sets Tuesday.

Focusing on the colorful background Tuesday.

A moon thinly veiled by clouds Tuesday evening.

The stand of palms at sunset Monday, just to give you a little context.

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 never ceased to be amused - and sometimes, amazed - when I see palm trees decorated with Christmas lights. Such a sight truly is the quintessence of Christmas in Florida. The trunk is most often the thing that is decked out, while the canopy itself creates a bit of a challenge for people stringing up the lights: You can't just throw them on like you can do with most evergreen trees that grow up north.

In this edition, I focus on the trees at, once again, The Avenue Viera, an outdoor shopping mall full of similar cheesy sights throughout the year.

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
Day 13: The season's simplicity through children
Day 14: The secret to reindeer magic: smoothies
Day 15: A church cross at sunset
Day 16: Getting close to a ribbon with new lens
Day 17: Santa, with a significance

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