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Luminarias, Part 2

Just outside the Webster Center is a beautifully decorated Christmas tree. In the foreground is a special set of luminarias.

Each one has a dedication inscribed on it such as this one for a beloved grandma.

Most, if not all, of the buildings have luminarias along the top. I have shared other photos with this visual treat — here is another.

Here a Blues band bathed in red light. I do not know if there was any significance to RED light on a BLUES band but it is what it is. Now some folks may think I did the red light in Photoshop — but no, check the background which is not illuminated with the stage lights.

Speaking of background. Here is a closer image of the background hill that I shared in one of the opening photos from last week. Looks good from the distance and even better up close.

Another tree illuminated from below with accompanying luminarias lining the tree and the pathway.

Oh, the skeleton of a dead saguaro cactus. Folks who do not live in the desert may not know that most of a saguaro is made up of water — an adult plant may weigh six tons or more. This tremendous weight is supported by a circular skeleton of inter-connected, woody ribs. When the saguaro eventually dies, the fleshy portions rot or are consumed — leaving behind the ribs.

Inside the Webster Center was a handbell ensemble performing Christmas carols. Of course each bell is tuned to a particular note and the players must sound the bell exactly when that note is to be played.

While I stood enjoying the carols, I encountered an old HP friend, Kristen, who is a subscriber and known to many of my other readers. Always wonderful to share the holiday treats with friends.

One of the carols they played was "Carol of the Bells". This particular piece is especially appropriate for a handbells in that the notes try to mimic the sound of handbells. No mimicry needed here.

One observation — notice how focused each player is — staring at the notes on the sheet music in front of them. We all can understand — imagine the embarrassment should you play the handbell at the wrong time or fail to play it when needed. Everyone would notice the mistake.

Back outside, was a wonderful fishhook cactus, perfectly illuminated.

Nearby, a fairy-tale path.

We end this week with another of the Escobar sculptures. Interesting. Very interesting.

To be continued...

Life is good.

B. David

P. S., All photos and text © B. David Cathell Photography, Inc. — www.bdavidcathell.com