After laying low due to a bug that just wouldn’t go away, and keeping activity to a minimum, it gave me great pleasure to venture outdoors after the temperature rose twenty degrees and life became manageable again. I enjoyed taking photos and found myself experimenting with exposure modes, composition, zooming and panning and white balance.
The Alberta legislature grounds is a great place to explore, with a wealth of subject matter during the holiday season. When I felt cold I went into the front entrance under the dome and listened to a men’s chorus sing seasonal and Christmas hymns and carols, followed by a handbell choir. That made the nostalgia and tradition of Christmas come alive for me.
There is also a menorah on the grounds of the legislature that will be lit in observance of the Jewish holiday Hannukah, starting , I am guessing, on the eve of the 24th.I have always wanted to attend the ceremony and hope to make it this year.
Here is a sample of the wonder of the lights. I went two nights, the first after 5:30 p.m. when it was dark and the second just after sunset at 4:10p.m.
This view is looking at the front entrance
This is the opposite view left of the front steps.
from the east side of the tree
panned view of display in front of the main building
This is from the second night, an hour earlier and taken a little more to the left from the previous night.However the dome lights were not on.
I love the sky when it is this shade of blue.