Here, then, are more scenes from the Winterhaven "dress rehearsal" last night:
Another shot of the dreidel house.
I could show you a few more Winterhaven pictures, but you get the idea. Some rely on lots of lights, some on store-bought figures, and some are highly creative and original. Click on any photo to get to my Picasa album of Christmas images.
Good as Winterhaven is this time of year, it doesn't have a monopoly on Christmas houses. There are a number of good ones in my own neighborhood, which leaves me feeling slightly guilty that we haven't the money and drive to put together something nice ourselves. But the most extreme Christmas house in the neighborhood, possibly in all of Tucson, is about a minute's drive from my house. Here it is:
The Big Tree, 2006
|From the Picasa album Christmas|
It's almost impossible to capture on a digital camera just how big that tree is, especially at night. For this 2006 shot I lightened the heck out of it to try to reveal the upper branches, but they tend to get lost in the digital noise of the night sky.
Compare the height of that tree with the one story house on the left side of the photo. You can see the line of the flat roof below the Maypole-style canopy of lights. The top of the tree can be seen from at least a block away.
And of course there's lot more to this particular display than the tree. The shot above covers maybe half of the ground-level cacophany of lights and figures.
Closer to home is this house, which I've photographed a few times over the years. It's modest compared to the house with the Big Tree, but it's really well designed, I think.
That'll do for tonight!