Friday, December 19, 2008

Festival of Lights

Greenery : Washington DC Mormon Temple : Kensington, MD

On Monday evening, I went with a group of friends to the 2008 Festival of Lights at the Washington D.C. Mormon Temple in Kensington, Maryland. This is the festival's 31st year and attracts visitor's from all across the region and up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

Purple and gold : Washington DC Mormon Temple : Kensington, MD

To find a Mormon Temple near you and learn if they have a festival of lights, visit this site. (The site itself won't tell you if there's a festival, but it will provide you with a phone number to call and find out.) If you enjoy night/low light photography and holiday lights and/or want to improve your skills, they're great venues for both.

Red, white, and blue seemed to be a theme this year around the Visitor's Center

To see a couple of pictures from last year's festival, go here. To view a few more pictures from this year's festival, click on the slideshow below.




Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 12/08

14 comments:

babooshka said...

So that's where all the lights have gone. Beautiful collection especially the swathe of green in the top shot.

Hilda said...

Oh wow, that must have been so beautiful! Your photos sure are! I especially love the first one.

D.C. Confidential said...

Babooshka: 45,000 of them at this festival. At the Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah, they use 300,000 lights! If you're wondering where your lights went, look there!


Hilda: Thanks! It is rather pretty.

Dusty Lens said...

Beautiful lights, the green one is stunning!

I sure hope our weather holds, I really want to get out and shoot some lights this weekend.

Arlene said...

It is hard to out-do Mormon Temple lights isn't it?

Maya said...

WoW oh WoW! I love these shots. All the pretty colors and sparkly lights! Your shots are amazing! You must have been using the tripod quite a bit...

D.C. Confidential said...

Rob: Hope your weather holds out, too! Your night shots are great.


Arlene: Subjectively speaking, yes, it is. Objectively speaking, I don't know. I just found out about a couple of other light festivals in my area I want to check out.


Maya: Thanks! The tripod did get used. It did not stay in the trunk of the car. I want to go back at twilight and take a few more pictures. Maybe next week...

Lori said...

amazing! i remember going to this when I was really little. You have reminded me that I want to return :)

Virginia said...

well my friend Mary Ann can give those Mormons a run for their money. I"ll post her yard soon. These wer all great, J!
V

D.C. Confidential said...

Lori: I think the lights are up through New Years. There's still time!


VJ: I've seen a yard or two in my time that could definitely give the Mormons a run for their money! In fact, I think I photographed one or two last year in Fairfax... Can't wait to see Mary Ann's yard!

marley said...

Cool collection of lights in these photos. Send some to Cheltenham, we could do with them!

D.C. Confidential said...

Marley: I think a few could be spared for Cheltenham. I'll see what I can do!

Arlene said...

Did you go to the lighting of the National Menorah?

D.C. Confidential said...

Arlene: No, I missed that. Every year, I say I'm going to go down to the White House for that and the lighting of the national Christmas tree on the Ellipse, as well as the lighting of the Capitol Christmas tree (yes, our government has two trees, because one is never enough), but then I chicken out because traffic down in that area is an absolute nightmare during those events. So much for holly (or a Menorah candle) in my heart, eh?