We’ve got snow. SNOW!
OK, so calm down, it’s not lying quite yet, but still it feels very much like Christmas when the snow starts to fall. Talking of Christmas (is anyone talking about anything else? I’m still trying to work out if I’m on the naughty or nice list this year – I think it’ll be a close call) it’s Friday, which means it’s time for the weekly outing of the Friday Photo. For the last few weeks it’s been Christmas lights, and today is no different.
Most towns and cities across the UK have a place designated to Christmas lights, they string them from building to building along the main thoroughfare, bringing light and joy to our cold winter evenings. The natural place for ours would be Princes Street – it being the busiest shopping street – but since that’s a bit tricky as there’s only buildings on one side we take a slightly more sophisticated approach and decorate trees in Princes Street Gardens and move the main lights to George Street.
The last two Christmases I’ve been working on George Street, so have really enjoyed seeing the lights all the time, but this year it’s a little different and I only pass little sections of them as I cross the street. We used to have a slightly tacky looking display (it was very early 90s) of bright colours in various european languages (a leftover from a European Commission gathering in town at some point, if I’m not mistaken), but today those have been replaced by a much more George Street display of white light.
After a few years of having icicles and stars blowing gently in the wind this year has seen the addition of LED trees. I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about them, but they do make for a good black and white photo. As do the hanging lights and those from the businesses along the street.