Montana Outdoors

December 7, 2010

A “happy street”

Filed under: Winter — Tags: — montucky @ 10:24 pm

When our youngest daughter was very small we lived near one of the small towns just southeast of Phoenix, and my sister and her family lived quite a distance away in Phoenix itself. One night during the Christmas season as we drove through the city to my sister’s house, our little girl voiced her perceptions as we passed street after street of homes in various suburbs. The streets on which many of the homes displayed pretty Christmas lights, she loudly and excitedly proclaimed to be “happy streets”.

Now we live away from any town and our house is not on a what might be called a “street”, but we are always sure to have a small display of lights out front during the season so passing travelers will know they are passing a “happy street”.

Christmas lights


  1. I would really enjoy passing this happy street 🙂 Lovely, cheerful Christmas lights and picture.


    Comment by isathreadsoflife — December 8, 2010 @ 2:18 am

    • Thanks! I hope that’s the feeling that travelers have as they pass by on the highway.


      Comment by montucky — December 8, 2010 @ 7:31 pm

  2. Looks like Rudolph is actually flying..captured in mid-air. What a wonderful holiday image!


    Comment by Marcie — December 8, 2010 @ 7:01 am

    • Rudolph is standing on our deck rail this year, Marcie. Last year he was on the ground and not as visible.


      Comment by montucky — December 8, 2010 @ 7:33 pm

  3. Oh that is lovely! And such a great night shot! Wow! Not an easy feat!


    Comment by Roberta Warshaw — December 8, 2010 @ 7:49 am

    • Thanks Roberta. I had not tried that kind of shot before but with a little experimentation it turned out fairly well I thought.


      Comment by montucky — December 8, 2010 @ 7:34 pm

  4. Even if there wasn’t a single passer-by it would still be welcome to hang a few lights during this season of long nights! I am sure that you and yours, and all your antlered friends enjoy the display.


    Comment by daveabirding — December 8, 2010 @ 9:18 am

    • Yes we enjoy the lights too and I have had feedback in years past that others have enjoyed it too.


      Comment by montucky — December 8, 2010 @ 7:35 pm

  5. We also display a lighted deer at Christmas. Nice happy street.


    Comment by knightofswords — December 8, 2010 @ 9:26 am

    • I suspect though Malcolm, that your deer is much warmer than this one!


      Comment by montucky — December 8, 2010 @ 7:36 pm

  6. Beautiful against the dark night background!


    Comment by Barbara — December 8, 2010 @ 1:09 pm

    • After a few tries I found that f20 for 20 sec. did a fairly nice job on the lights while keeping the background dark.


      Comment by montucky — December 8, 2010 @ 7:40 pm

  7. Awww, that’s so sweet & Yes, the lights are pretty & HAPPY! YaY!


    Comment by Tricia — December 8, 2010 @ 2:08 pm

    • It’s fairly simple, but I like the deer’s attitude.


      Comment by montucky — December 8, 2010 @ 7:40 pm

  8. I don’t remember that, but it sounds like something I’d say today! hehehe The photo is beautiful! Thanks for the story, I love you!! xoxo


    Comment by Juls — December 8, 2010 @ 3:14 pm

    • I’m very happy to hear that, Hon! I think you were 4 or 5 that year and your opinion made quite an impact on me. Love you too!


      Comment by montucky — December 8, 2010 @ 7:45 pm

  9. Loved the story, and you shot of the lights. I wonder what the deer that come to your yard think?


    Comment by sandy — December 8, 2010 @ 4:00 pm

    • They pay little attention to it as they do most lights. In past years we ran a light cord on the ground for the deer and I was always concerned they would trip on it although they never did.


      Comment by montucky — December 8, 2010 @ 7:47 pm

  10. Hi Montucky, Glad to see the Christmas spirit! Cheerful, enjoyable and oh so nicely done! I am happy you are using “Snowfall” on your WordPress blog here. Have an especially nice evening and enjoy your lights – I have virtually.


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — December 8, 2010 @ 4:28 pm

    • Thanks wildlifewatcher! We wanted it to be cheerful and friendly and maybe brighten up the dark lonely night for passersby.


      Comment by montucky — December 8, 2010 @ 7:51 pm

  11. Perfect.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — December 8, 2010 @ 7:45 pm

  12. So pretty. Simple but elegant. Thanks for the f/20 at 20 second tip. I was wondering what to use and that can be my starting point when I do some lights. The snow looks nice falling on the black background.


    Comment by Candace — December 8, 2010 @ 10:36 pm

    • I’m not at all knowledgeable about photographing lights but with the D80 set at f20 (Aperture priority) it calculated the exposure time of 20 seconds and also applied all of the other pre-sets that I normally use. It’s a start. Nice thing about digital, it doesn’t cost anything to experiment!


      Comment by montucky — December 8, 2010 @ 11:28 pm

  13. Very pretty! The little reindeer is just perfect.


    Comment by kateri — December 9, 2010 @ 5:49 am

    • We had a similar one for years but last year we bought this one because the lights are all LEDs, as are the other lights. We can now leave them on all during the nights with very little cost.


      Comment by montucky — December 9, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

  14. Oh I like that, Happy Street! That is a great photo of the lights!


    Comment by Anna — December 9, 2010 @ 9:01 am

    • I was happy to see how they turned out this year. the LEDs are very energy efficient and actually seem brighter than the old ones.


      Comment by montucky — December 9, 2010 @ 3:05 pm

  15. Christmas lights are always a delight to my eyes..


    Comment by Roberta Gould — December 9, 2010 @ 12:05 pm

    • I hope that will be the feeling of those who pass our house during the nights too, Roberta. We intend the lights to be a peaceful and friendly gesture toward the travelers.


      Comment by montucky — December 9, 2010 @ 3:07 pm

  16. I love your happy street! What a perfect little reindeer.


    Comment by Cait — December 9, 2010 @ 7:00 pm

    • I hope that there are many “happy streets” across the world this Christmas season!


      Comment by montucky — December 9, 2010 @ 10:45 pm

  17. OMG. That’s great photo. Blue deer, which is my favorite color, against black night; can there be any more beautiful.

    I have not seen anything like this here. I really do love it.


    Comment by sartenada — December 10, 2010 @ 12:16 am

    • The deer is three dimensional and is made of spot-welded heavy wire that is painted white and strung with LED lights. The other lights are LEDs also and consume very little power: they also have a long life.


      Comment by montucky — December 11, 2010 @ 12:39 am

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