Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

All is Calm, All is BrightAll is Calm, All is BrightAmidst vibrant colors everywhere on the grounds, this little vignette - illuminated with only white light - was quietly beautiful in a completely different way. (Morton Arboretum Illumination - Lisle, Illinois)

This image, which I made at the Morton Arboretum in suburban Chicago, always reminds me of one of my favorite Christmas carols - "Still, Still, Still." Heavy snow which had begun falling earlier that afternoon continued to blanket the landscape as color faded from the sky, transforming already beautiful scenes into something truly magical. 

Amidst all the fantastic, colorful displays which are the hallmark of the annual "Illumination" holiday show, stood this quiet little vignette in the distance - lit only with a few white lights. 

Hushed.

Peaceful.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas. 
 

Still, still, still,
One can hear the falling snow.
For all is hushed,
The world is sleeping,
Holy Star its vigil keeping.
Still, still, still,
One can hear the falling snow.

Sleep, sleep, sleep,
'Tis the eve of our Saviour's birth.
The night is peaceful all around you,
Close your eyes,
Let sleep surround you.
Sleep, sleep, sleep,
'Tis the eve of our Saviour's birth.

Dream, dream, dream,
Of the joyous day to come.
While guardian angels without number,
Watch you as you sweetly slumber.
Dream, dream, dream,
Of the joyous day to come.

Traditional: Austrian


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