White Christmas, Chihuly after Dark

After our customary Christmas Eve with my family,

Gary and grandkids decorating cookies.

Gary and grandkids decorating cookies.

Family group (photo by Gary)

Family group (photo by Gary)

we drove into the teeth of an unusual (for Texas) December snowstorm on our way to Arlington for Christmas Day with Gary’s brother and his family, as well as old and dear friends.

White Christmas, Arlington, Texas

White Christmas, Arlington, Texas

We spent most of the next two days inside, visiting with friends and going to two movies: “Lincoln,” which we all considered one of the best of 2012 (Gary puts it on his all-time top 10); and “Les Misérables,” about which I have mixed feelings. It was beautifully done—performances, photography, costumes, handling of story—but I have an inherent problem with the show. I liked the movie better than the stage show, but I’ve decided the story, setting and time period should be handled in an opera rather than a Broadway-type musical, and it just doesn’t work for me. Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron-Cohen, Helena Bonham-Carter, Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried, Samantha Barks, even Russell Crowe (I add reluctantly) did yeoman’s work under difficult conditions, and the heroic little blond urchin should be nominated for a supporting actor Oscar. If you like the theatrical version of the show you will probably like the movie. And don’t miss “Lincoln,” which I think should be required viewing in high school American history classes.,

After all this entertainment, visiting and lots of good food, the pièce de résistance of our visit to the DFW Metroplex was seeing the Dale Chihuly glass exhibit at night. We saw it in November and decided to return and see it under different conditions: winter and nighttime. Once again our wonderful friends Linda and Kenneth accompanied us (hey, they got the tickets, drove us—I should say amazing friends!) We were lucky that the weather had moderated (although it would have been even prettier if the snow had lasted) and we were comfortable in our winter wraps. Afterwards we had good hot soup at Italianni’s in Hurst.

Most of the photos were taken with available light on my little point-and-shoot digital camera. The glass pieces look like they are illuminated from within, but they are only floodlit. In the case of the red ones (that look like birthday candles to me), we noticed they appeared to sparkle and thought they were lit with fiber-optics. But I realized it happened every time someone used a flash, so I took one without the flash and one with, and got the sparkle effect.

Happy New Year! I look forward to more blogging and better images in 2013!

Chihuly red birthday candles wo flash

without flash

Chihuly red candles w flash

flash causing the sparkly effect

Chihuly yellow curls

Chihuly tall yellow

Chihuly tall blue

Chihuly tall flames

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Chihuly yellow curls

Chihuly green stripes

Chihuly boat 1

Chihuly white 2

Chihuly white

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