Looking Back on the Holidays… One Last Time

web clifton rob paine holiday lights New Year’s week is an exciting time, full of new beginnings and exciting possibilities. The weekend after New Year’s day is customarily the time when the festive lights and decorations of the holiday season are taken down. Wouldn’t it be nice if we had holiday lights all year? (see more photos and text below)

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I figure today is probably my last chance to share some of my favorite holiday scenes that I have not had the chance to post yet. I chose photos from one of the biggest displays in the area I photographed, The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree (bottom photo) and from one of the smallest towns I visited that was decked out for the holidays,(shown at top of post) the small town of Clifton, Va., population of 282 at the time of the 2010 Census. I also included a photo taken of a model of the U.S. Capitol take at the popular U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, a model made entirely of natural plant materials.

Still need to see even more holiday lights? Please check out my post on the light show at Meadowlark Gardens in Vienna, Va.

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The photo above is of a life-size nutcracker outside a shop in Clifton.

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I hope your holidays were everything you wanted them to be and that the brightness and cheer from the season will stay with you for the entire year.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today, Rob.

I hope you will enjoy some of the other Weekly Photo Challenge post than have run on WordPress this week that can be reached using the links below:

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  10. WPC: Beginning | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  11. Weekly Photo Challenge – Beginning | Just Snaps
  12. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beginning | The Eclectic Eccentric Shopaholic
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  16. In the Beginning There is Love….(WP weekly photo challenge) | Daily Observations
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  1. Oh, I would so love to go to DC at Christmastime!! Such excellent shots! I just love watching, A White House Christmas on TV too. I think it’s on HGTV…not sure though


    1. I think it is on HGTV too barb. This season was especially nice because it never got that cold.the day I photographed the Capitol Tree is was 70 degrees! (something I like to think about as the temperature takes a nose dive tonight- we are not used to the frigid weather like you have up in Minnesota)


      1. 70 degrees??? No fair! What a perfect Christmas in DC, that would have made a great trip for my family. Maybe next year. I’m telling ya, we’ve taken our kids to DC a few times…best trip ever!!


  2. These are gorgeous pictures. I wondered where Clifton was. I am on the opposite end of the state, near the Tennessee and North Carolina lines. I went to school at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee State University with a girl from Vienna.


      1. Up until last year I had a cousin working for the VA that lived in Arlington. We went up to visit in 2010 and visited many of the monuments, the National Zoo, Arlington and some of the Smithsonian Museums. I love the area.


          1. It is a blast. I shot sunrise at the cherry blossoms for the first time this past spring. 530AM and there must have been at least 100 photographers. It was quite a scene.
            Lots of room to get some great shots, I think I had to get up at like 430 am or something but it was well worth it.


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