Hidden treasures

Hidden treasures

One of my goals when starting my 2010 Project was to challenge myself to see more.  As a photographer, I generally tend to look at the world differently.  I see how the light is hitting a subject, I ponder the color and quality of the light, I imagine how a scene would look differently at another time of day or season.  It’s simply part of being a photographer.  But so many times I may engage in that mental process without doing anything.

This evening, I was on my way home from downtown Anchorage when I decided I would take a detour down Northern Lights Boulevard toward Point Woronzof to see what photos may lay there waiting to be captured.  To my surprise, I never made it there.  Instead, a row of lighted trees just before the Turnagain neighborhood caught my attention, so I turned around.  I found a side road where I expected to find access and drove down the street for a ways before finding the trees.  They were situated alongside a series of condos, stacked tightly against eachother in a desperate attempt to maximize space.

As is often the case, I just parked, pulled out the tripod and gear, and started working.  I managed to grab the attention of condo owners on both sides of where I was taking pictures.  One owner wondered if I was photographing a moose.  “No,” I said.  “I’m taking pictures of the trees you guys decorated.”  “‘You guys,'” came the response.  “I’M the one who did that,” she said.  “Nice job,” I said.  That seemed to make her happy, and she went back into her condo from the balcony.  A few minutes later, the owner of the opposite condo came out to her balcony, apparently alerted by the small terrier she was holding in her arms (and clamping its jaws shut).  “You taking pictures of the road?” she asked.  “Nope, just the nice lights on the trees.”  That seemed to placate her concerns about my engaging in some untoward activities, and she went back inside.  I spent a few more minutes capturing these lights, as well as a corresponding row of lighted candy canes, then struck the gear and continued on home.

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