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on the fourth day of Christmas...

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 28 December 2008 in Miscellaneous and Portfolio.

From a drive along the delta region of The Sacramento River in 2004

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Marie LC from Voiron, France

So nice !

28 Dec 2008 7:22am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

A "brilliant" decoration, really. Good shot!

28 Dec 2008 8:17am

EYES WIDE SHUT from A corner of Utopia, United Kingdom

Like stumbling upon Liberace's palace in a jungle, a terrific composition and effective image. Works superbly

28 Dec 2008 8:19am

@EYES WIDE SHUT: YO! I love your notion. In fact - now I see the candelabra through the window. Is that Cassius Clay, standing by the piano?

Luan from Darwin, Australia

Great framing!

p.s. I really like your watermark too.

28 Dec 2008 9:26am

@Luan: Luan - thank you. I adopted that watermark early in the year and you are the first person to comment on it!

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Impressive decoration for this house…

28 Dec 2008 9:31am

chrissy from London, United Kingdom

Very Nice!! very well framed, the house looks like a dolls house amongst the tress - great perspctive

28 Dec 2008 9:57am

Mirko Herzner from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

In Germany we sometimes make fun of the american way of xmas decoration. This looks nice, though...

28 Dec 2008 10:06am

@Mirko Herzner: You'd be surprised, Mirko. There are many old and elegant neighborhoods throughout the U.S. that pride themselves in their lavish and classical Christmas decorations. One of my favorites is in the rural town of Woodland, about 30 km. north of the California Capitol of Sacramento. I hope to get up there this week for some photographs - before they begin to disappear.

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

A luminous apparition in a curtain of greenery. Magic... as Christmas is...

28 Dec 2008 11:42am

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Such a bright spot in all that greenery! That house was a wonderful find! Excellent shot!

28 Dec 2008 11:56am

Marcie from United States

wow! Love how you've seen and framed this. The house glows between the greenery!!!

28 Dec 2008 11:57am

@Marcie: "Glows-R-Us" Thanks, Marcie.

yz from Budapest, Hungary

Magical shot! I like the different light temperature between the house and the trees.

28 Dec 2008 12:40pm

@yz: Thank you, YZ - I'll confess to a little Photoshop™ to get this presentable.

Chris from South Jersey, United States

wow - those are some lights!! I like the framing of the house in the trees and plants...

28 Dec 2008 1:04pm

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Wow, they are devoted Christmas people...It's gorgeous!

28 Dec 2008 2:03pm

@Lorraine: Thanks a lot, Lorraine. I'll refer you to the comment I made to Mirko. You'd be surprised at the number of folks who 'pull out all of the stops' for their decorations. Though their numbers seem to be declining this season.

JJ from Jersey City, United States

love how you have framed this through the trees such a beautiful capture, they have sure gone all out decorating there house

28 Dec 2008 2:09pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, United States


28 Dec 2008 3:55pm

Alphons from Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands

Fairytalelike picture. Fine foreground and subject. Well captured.

28 Dec 2008 4:39pm

willow from Chelsea, United States

Beautiful place. I like the composition with the trees framing the house. Now I have the song stuck in my head.....

28 Dec 2008 5:11pm

@willow: OK, willow - I have to ask - - - what song?

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

That's quite a feel!!! O.K. there's a kind of disharmony between the foreground (disorganized) and the subject (exqusitely decorated), but it's this disharmony that has enhanced the wonderful drama... Enjoy this alot!

28 Dec 2008 5:12pm

@hugo poon: Thank, Hugo - I was traveling with a friend and we were both excited at finding this through the 'jungle'. And he was happy to stand watch for traffic navigating the narrow highway while I set the capture.

roentarre from Melbourne, Australia

That house looks like a palace. Wonderful lightings and wow!

28 Dec 2008 8:28pm

Olivier Jules from Lanciano, Italy

wonderful view

28 Dec 2008 9:54pm

grant from kansas city, United States

wow, what a great way of framing this wonderful scene!

29 Dec 2008 2:03am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Just beautiful...I love this "through the trees" view.

29 Dec 2008 2:29am

@sherri: Thanks, Sherri - I just grinned when I came upon this scene.

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, United States

Beautiful. A sparkling jeewel with dreary surroundings.

30 Dec 2008 12:32am

dobbino from Cape Town, South Africa

What a stunner - it's great to see the folk take so much effort to decorate their homes at this time of year. This is amazing.

30 Dec 2008 12:30pm