Photo of the Day: Last Look at the Plaza Lights

The Country Club Plaza in Kansas City shut off its holiday lights this past weekend. Here’s one final look until next year.

A final view of the Country Club Plaza holiday, taken in December

Day 354: O Christmas Tree

I’m one of “those people.” I believe that you don’t need all white lights and red ornaments to have a pretty Christmas tree. I love our “fat little tree,” as my  husband calls it, with all its colorful lights and mismatched ornaments. For those of you who don’t like colored lights, I’ve also included a black and white image.

Our bright, colorful, and "real" Christmas tree.
Christmas tree photos can look gorgeous in black and white, too. There's much more to it than bright lights; look at all the texture and contrast.

Days 343 & 345: Light Show

One of the best things about the holiday season is the Christmas lights. Friday evening we drove around Kansas City to look at outdoor Christmas lights. My favorite light display is at Crown Center, with the giant Christmas tree and lot of smaller trees covered in white lights and surrounded by water fountains.

Finally on Sunday  Jerod and I had time to go get a Christmas tree and decorate it. The best part was turning off the overhead lights, eating cookies, and drinking eggnog as we admired our tree.

The Crown Center holiday light display in Kansas City, Mo.


An abstract photo of our Christmas tree.


Day 334: Bokeh Holiday Lights

Now that it’s December, I can officially start shooting holiday photos. I love my 50 mm f/1.8 lens. I’ve been waiting for Christmas for eight months to take photos like this.

Our small strand of Christmas lights on our apartment balcony. One day we'll have many more!

Day 328: Seven Days of Thankfulness (Day 4)

In addition to my family and my job, I’m thankful for where I live. I love Kansas City – it’s not too big, not too small; most of my friends and family live nearby; and we have some great holiday traditions. The Country Club Plaza Lighting Ceremony tradition began 81 years ago. Believe it or not, this was the first year I’ve seen it.  And with such warm weather, it had to be one of the best years!

Fireworks light up the sky at the Plaza Lighting Ceremony in Kansas City.