December – Festival of Lights

December – Festival of Lights

The Botanical Garden in Fort Bragg (Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens) puts on a Festival of Lights each Holiday season. It is more elaborate each year. We braved the cold wet weather for some holiday cheer.

If a local garden or park does something similar, I urge you to go out and enjoy the sight.

When I was a child, living in Virginia, we always went into Washington D.C. to see the lights at Christmas. I still remember the wonder of those bright decorations in the store fronts and the streets.

We now do something similar, taking the train into San Francisco sometime before Christmas and choosing one special ornament each to remember the year. Do you have your own holiday tradition to honor the light as the days are at their shortest?

Fire breathing dragon

Fire breathing dragon

"Flowers" lights are in wine bottles

“Flowers” lights are in wine bottles

These flowers are made by the colored lights being pushed into wine bottles, fitting for Mendocino wines.

Jelly Fish

Jelly Fish and coral

Volcano

Volcano

There was even smoke coming from the volcano.

And this was our favorite.

Ship on a storm sea

Ship on a storm sea

We finished our walk just as the rain started.