Holidays are Coming

5k Mistletoe

Last night we had some reasons for a little celebration and Champaign was our choice of beverage. Good and tasty one. So this morning I had a bit of hangover. Did I mention that this morning was an annual YMCA Mistletoe 5K run that I signed up to do? Hehe, well, if you were there and saw huffing, puffing red faced guy – that was me. But knowing that the last 5K I ran was about 3 years ago, on the same occasion, that time accompanying my daughter on her ‘Girls on the Run” program, I did pretty darn good, somewhere under 28 minutes (just learned exact time – 27:04). I guess huffing and puffing gave me some speed boost. Oh yeah, and the hangover, nowhere to be found.

Christmas Tree Season is Here

For the next 4 weeks everywhere you go, you are going to hear holiday music and a lot of Christmas decorations and trees. Last year I started taking photos of different Christmas trees, you can check one in Marco Island, this one in Tysons Corner and this one at Reagan National. I don’t see anything wrong with continuing with this little collection and shoot more of them.

Today’s Christmas tree is coming to us from the lobby of Mills House hotel in downtown Charleston. I had to wait for almost 10 minutes till a few folks finish with their long southern goodbyes and clear the space between me and the tree. I’m polite type of fella, I didn’t want to shoo them away. So I was finally taking it and this lady walked into the frame. I could crop her out in the final image, but decided against it, she is not really recognizable and it shows that this is not a staged type of photo.

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Key West Holiday Lights

Celebrating holidays Florida style, nice and warm. Well, it is actually a bit chilly and windy on the shore, but it is about 30 degrees higher than up North. It is very nice here. 181379

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In True Christmas Spirit

Last night, on the way to our friends house we saw a lot of lights on one of the side streets in our neighborhood and decided to check it out. Wow, these folks really put it out there! Their entire front yard was full with lights and lighted figures of animals, and other holiday creatures.

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Holiday Concerts with Greensboro Symphony

Every winter, right before Christmas, Greensboro Symphony puts on a show at Greensboro Coliseum. Access it free with donation of a few cans of food. One of the main attractions of this show is Summit Figure Skating club. They do at least 4-5 performances during the show. We went there last night see the show, donate some food and of course to see my daughter skate in the show. I believe that they raised about 570,000 cans of food. Pretty cool. It will feed a lot of hungry folks.

This is the view of the rink between performances. You can also see couple videos. Thanks for stopping by.

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This video shows Polar Express performance:
http://chert.smugmug.com/gallery/13419553_9QVps#1122066387_Z6JuH-A-LB
This is Pas de Deux (Tchaikovsky):
http://chert.smugmug.com/gallery/13419553_9QVps#1122381246_C6VaM-A-LB