Sunday, July 18, 2010

Christmas in July

I don't know how the weather is where you are, but here its miserable. Highs 108 to 117 and our monsoon has started, which means increased humidity. I was looking at some photos and decided I would try to fool myself into feeling cooler by displaying some photos of Christmas Lights.

The LDS Mesa Temple decorates the gardens, grounds and visitors center every Christmas season. It usually runs from about the Saturday after Thanksgiving to January 1. They also have community choirs perform every night during this time.

You have to have camels and Wise Men.

You also need a star, a stable, and a baby.

Below are a series of photos of some of the decorative lights.

Below is my personal favorite, with dawn just breaking and the crescent moon rising.

A note on the photographs--These were all taken Dec 12th and 19th, 2009. They were taken with a Sony a100 dslr, tripod mounted, using a cable release. The lens was a Carl Zeiss 16-80mm. By the meter reading these are all significantly underexposed. One of the great things about digital is that you can see a histogram of your exposure and you can see the actual photo on your screen. They are copyright by
The Old Cowboy.


  1. Beautiful. Made me feel cool too. Which one was used by the church magazine?

  2. None of these. It was from 2008 or 2007, and is similar to the 4th photo from the bottom.

  3. That is a stunning photo as was the one in (which publication was it) - New Era? Ensign?

  4. Inside back cover, New Era. Thanks for your kind comments.

  5. It's been a long time since I've seen those lights. Thanks.