365 Days Of Great Pics Photography, #22
And here is number 22…
Not the best evening for venturing out. With relentless downpours working the valley over, it’s kind of hard to wonder the streets. I mean it’s been really raining, like the really good stuff. Showers, nonstop. It’s Oregon at its finest. Past two days, pure bliss with the weather, pure bliss. Today, the faucets have been turned on full blast. Just nuts. Basically this photo was the extent of my shooting.
I’m not making this up. Before I shot this, there was nothing but the sound of rain pelting cold asphalt. You had these lights coming on, Christmas lights here and there, strings of lights dressing bushes and trees. And then there’s me, hunkered under an eve, trying to keep dry. Suddenly this music starts to play. Not just any music, Christmas music, and it’s really loud. I’m kind of freaked out, I mean it’s blaring from speakers just around the corner from where I’m hunkered down. So I stand and slowly walk around the corner. That’s where the fun begins. Elves are prancing around on this lot, setting up a perimeter. I blink, then blink again. I notice that they’re high school girls, with maybe a few guys mixed in. I really can’t tell. All I know, they’re prancing and dancing, adorned in colorful costumes. Then Santa walks out of this little makeshift house, candy canes by the doorway. And then the kids start showing up. “Ho, ho, ho,” that’s all I hear from the candy cane house. It’s pouring out, kids are lining up to see Santa, and elves are abundant. I half expected a juggling performance with kittens and gingerbread men.
You know what I miss? I miss days like this, when this photo was taken, last summer. I found this today, my gem for the day, reminding me that sunny days will be here again. It’ll just take a while.