Winding down...4

Posted by
karla (Omaha, United States) on 3 January 2012 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Gene Leahy Mall (originally known as Central Park Mall) in downtown Omaha, Dec. 4, 2011. The winter holiday season begins with a lighting ceremony on Thanksgiving eve and ends with fireworks on New Year's Eve. Fireworks are early enough so families can enjoy the festivities. Through the center of the mall is a lagoon, seen here with a skim of ice topping it.

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Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

beautiful scene .

3 Jan 2012 11:32am

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Lovely and peaceful scene!

3 Jan 2012 2:56pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Beautiful winter landscape.

3 Jan 2012 3:20pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

so beautiful !

3 Jan 2012 7:41pm

@omid: Thank you, Omid! Thank you fro visiting and I am happy you like the image.

franz from Baden, Austria

stunning image, stunning display of lights ...

3 Jan 2012 9:56pm

@franz: Thanks, Franz. I am happy to see you here, and thank you for your comments! This was a fun series for me. Night time photography has been on the want-to-do list for a long time. This was an especially fine opportunity because of the snow that weekend.

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


4 Jan 2012 2:00am

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Nice job with the exposures. I actually like this image and the first one the best.

4 Jan 2012 4:22am

@Julie L. Brown: Thanks, Julie! I am happy that you added your comments. I always like to know what people appreciate.

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wow, this is gorgeous, Karla. Spectacular job framing this wonderfully lit winter scene.

4 Jan 2012 4:34am

@Jason Politte: Thank you, Jason!! Happy New Year!

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

This is a wonderful scene and on such a grand scale. Are those lights strung up just for Christmas or in place all year ? I'd hate to be the one to replace dud bulbs !

4 Jan 2012 9:58am

@Ronnie 2¢: Yes, those lights are just for the holiday season. They are lit on the American Thanksgiving (on the 4th Thursday of November) and turned off (and eventually removed) on New Years Eve. It is a big ceremony both times, with fireworks and music and a little speech by the mayor. I have thought a string of lights out at one time might be the worst ever. Fortunately these bulbs are the mini-lights. If one does go out, perhaps it is not very noticeable. However, the buildings downtown during this time are also lit by spotlights and if one of those goes out, everyone notices!

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

This is truly a beautiful spot!

4 Jan 2012 10:34pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: It's a popular area in the summer. The downtown has lots of feature areas, such as an Old Market, the ConAgra company's campus which has a lake, museums, etc. Thanks for your visits!