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Friday, January 09, 2009

Skywatch Friday


On Christmas Day, my wife decided that it would be a good idea to go and see the Christmas lights in Lobethal, a small town in the Adelaide Hills which is done up for Christmas and about an hour away. Great plan except we went too early, everything was closed, the kids moaned, the dog threw up, we couldn't find anything to eat.... Luckily we found a Chinese restaurant open in Norwood, a very nice suburb of Adelaide. As the kids and Elizabeth sat down to order, I stepped outside to take the dog for a short walk and saw this. It is the Odeon in Norwood with the sun setting behind it. Everything was good again.

The irony of the story was that the street behind us gets decorated and that is where we took the kids to see pretty Christmas houses, including this understated one. Funny.



You can see other nice sky photographs here.

25 comments:

Steffi said...

Happy SWF!Very nice pictures!
Greetings from Germany to Australia!

Guy D said...

I love the colors in these shots, well done.

Cheers!
Regina In Pictures

SandyCarlson said...

That's some story! What an advdenture. The Chinese restaurant made me think "Christmas Story"!

Happy New Year!

Chervil said...

Nice pictures. I do prefer the sunset to the Christmas lights, though!

Photo Cache said...

All's well that ends well, isn't it. Thanks for sharing.

angela said...

It was worth it..what a fabulous sunset. I think the houses are actually quite amazing too.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Very understated indeed. LOL So, even though Christmas is in summer some people still decorate their houses with all those lights? Amazing. I always assumed people here did it because our nights are so dark and long.

Colin Campbell said...

Yes it is a bit odd. Australians are really into Christmas and lots of people decorate their houses. You have to wait until after 9pm to get the full effect. These pictures were taken closer to midnight when it was really dark.

Sylvia K said...

Mmmm sounds familiar, I've had days just like that, but look at that sunset! That had to make it worth the trip! Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend!

Suzanne said...

What a memorable way to capture Christmas.
Wonderful photos and Happy SWF.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Lovely pastel colors in you sky watch. and i love the christmas lights in your own back yard. Oh i have friends that live in Adelaide.

Rocky Mtn. Girl said...

Well, that's no fun when the dog throws up... ewwww.... but glad it all turned out good in the end!!
Awesome photos!
~Michele~
Mountain Retreat

napaboaniya said...

Woah~ That house IS definitely all set up for X'mas!!! Looks even better than certain shopping mall decorations! :P

Braja said...

You said Norwood. :)

Arija said...

Love the understated Christmas lights. Lobethal is so crowded with cars and buses and gauking tourists, it's really quite a hazardous trip, and yes there is no catering available which is downright silly.
Glad you got a decent sunset anyway.

Sara Chapman in Seattle said...

Beautiful, relaxing sky photo. I like it very much. Lucky you! Hope the chinese food was good.

Anonymous said...

You were in my neck of the woods. I work in Norwood, live in Maylands. It's right next door, other side of Magill road.
Pity about Lobethal. Still, now you know that they don't light up until later, you can schedule another visit next year. River

Etje said...

Nice pictures. I prefer the sunset of the Christmas lights, its great.

vincibene said...

Beautiful picture!

Digital Polaroids said...

Great pics

Mary said...

It's funny how often things don't always work out the way we had planned, but I'm sure it will be a memory that makes you all look back and smile... and what a beautiful sunset -- much better than Christmas lights!

Anonymous said...

fantastic photo! australia.. dream earth !!!!!
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theArthurClan said...

Lovely colors that you captured in your photo. Very pretty!

jmb said...

Excuse me Sir, it is Saturday. Get back to RL and post something.

carlamaldita said...

nice christmas skyshot!

carla