Saturday, November 24, 2007

Circle of Lights

Every year on the Friday following Thanksgiving, Indianapolis lights up the downtown circle (which gives the "Circle City" its nickname), creating what is purported to be the World's Tallest Christmas Tree. It's cheating a bit, since the lights aren't strung on an actual tree but the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument.

For the first time, the Brown family decided to join tens of thousands of strangers for the festive event. The chill was present but the wind was not, so we were pretty happy. We parked our van in a garage for only $1.50, a rare thing in any big city. After a quick bite to eat at Arby's, we joined the masses.

Before the lights:


The Christmas season has begun!


  1. Matt: I know the purpose of the lighting ceremony is to ooh and aah at the lights, but to tell the truth, I'm more impressed with the "before" photo, the way you captured the full moon behind tha gauze of clouds.


  2. Thanks, Jawn. I was really pleased with how it turned out. It has an almost eerie feel, definitely not Christmas-like. The moon was very beautiful last night. It seemed to just hang there, begging to be photographed. How could I refuse?