Christmas lights in April

Pink cherry blossom, night, lights, close-up

It’s automatic. The lights come on as the sun sets and daylight fades. Drivers ensure their headlights are on. Sensors cause the street lights to come to life. And, for one of our neighbours, the Christmas lights shine to illuminate the spring blossoms.

It was only a few short days ago when I took several colourful spring pictures in the bright noonday sunshine. Colours look very different at dusk. A few nights ago, I grabbed the camera and walked to the corner of our street to experiment.

A flowering pink cherry tree…with lights?!?

It is amazing how much illumination is given by a simple string of lights. I didn’t have my tripod along, so I used a high ISO setting to compensate. Next time I’ll use the tripod and use a slower shutter speed. Take a look at the following pictures. Any thoughts or advice?

(Click on the pictures for a larger version.)

Pink cherry blossom, night, lights, close-up

Pink cherry blossom, night, lights, close-up

Pink cherry blossom, night, lights, close-up

Pink cherry blossom, night, lights, close-up

Pink cherry blossom, night, lights, close-up

But there was one more tree.

As I turned to head home, I noticed a red Japanese maple tree in the same yard. It was simply illuminated by one floodlight. Leaves that are dark red in daylight look almost autumn-like orange at night.

red Japanese maple, spring, night, light

red Japanese maple, spring, night, light

Christmas may be well in the rear-view mirror, but I, for one, am glad that our neighbour chose to share his spring lights with us. Merry springtime. (And for my Manitoba friends, I’ll settle for our pink blossom snowfalls anyday!)

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