Saturday, 28 November 2009

Lights On

Yesterday was the switching-on ceremony for the Christmas lights in Laval. This always includes a big firework display, so we went with friends to see the show and have a meal afterwards.

It rained hard all evening. We parked a short distance away, and made our way down the wet and shining street to join the crowd on one of the bridges over the river, below the castle, to get a good view.




















The show was great, as we expected, and lasted about 20 minutes. I was surprised that the downpour didn't seem to dampen the fireworks, which were most impressive.




















After the fireworks, we all bundled into a local restaurant for steak and chips, and on the way back we passed under the bridge, now proudly displaying its lights. But the brightest part of the evening was these enthusiastic buskers sheltering in a shopfront, whose spirits defied the damp and cold, playing "Mon Amant de St Jean" to anyone who would listen.

6 comments:

Mark said...

The top picture is great - reminds me of a detective movie, or a Hopper painting if their were no cars. Only two colours, is the reason I think.

ReedBunting said...

I really like those night-time pictures, they convey the atmosphere fantastically. Cool lights over the bridge too, nice.

Tim Trent said...

I think you have chosen to live in a particularly lovely part of the world. And you also are making the most of everything going on around you.

I shall follow your example as I move to my new home in Devon.

Cogitator said...

Thanks for the kind comments. The pics are unretouched. I love the way that modern digital cameras can offer the equivalent of very fast film, but with better resolution. I think the ASA equivalent is 1600.

The two-colour aspect in the first one is how it came out in the yellow street lights. I was definiteley hoping for the dismal detective story atmosphere.

Molly Potter said...

Again great pictures. The life your pictures paint is enchanting.

@eloh said...

Very very nice, you do have a touch for pictures that take us there. You somehow make us a part of them. You are a very talented photographer.

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