Brisbane, QLD

Thursday, December 22, 2011


Our immediate neighbours have put us to shame in the Christmas lights department. It's rather nice because they do all the work and suffer the expense, while we sit here and enjoy the light show.

 The fun of bokeh photography. 
 Christmas lights are easy to get the bokeh effect.


  1. I suppose kids love them, but truly, I am bit over houses lit up like New York. LEDs have a lot to answer for. I shouldn't be so grumpy. I will find my christmas spirit. I think it fell down behind the couch.

  2. they look very specky indeed. i took the g/kids out to see the lights at a local suburb and they enjoyed them. merry christmas Diane and Bill

  3. Lovely video. I wouldn't mind looking across the street and seeing the lights each night.

  4. he did a great job with the video, and wow that is a lot of lights. Merry Christmas.

  5. Your neighbor did a great job ! At least he has no competitor with you, lol !
    I don't know the "bokeh" effect but it looks great !

  6. Holy moley that is a lot of flashing lights! I think you have the right idea, they do all the work you get to enjoy the show! Love it!

  7. Wonderful Christmas lights. Bill's small video is Oscar-worthy. Perhaps a special Christmas Oscar?

    Thanks for your DVD. I'll watch it within the next days. The Lewandowski family from Stuttgart wishes you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas.

  8. Living across the street from my town's Christmas tree makes me feel that 1) we must put up lights so as not to appear as "wet blankets" and 2) hopelessly out classed, no matter how elaborate our display. This year I just settled for what I consider to be adequate, and that'll have to do!

  9. wow!! those are terrific shots with a great bokeh.
    i love the second and the last one.

    wish you and yours a very happy and merry Christmas!!


  10. Very nice shots, I love the video. Being a first time home owner I attempted lights so I know how much it takes to put them up, very nice job these houses have done... something which inspires me to try again next year!

    Wishing you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas!

  11. Mix of lights and colours. Taking risks with the effect, special.


  12. You have some very impressive displays of Christmas lights in your neighborhood. These are much more elaborate than anything we have around here.

  13. HI Diane, Wow---the neighbors did a great job of decorating. Glad you two can enjoy the fruits of their labors!!!!! ha

    Merry Christmas.

  14. We like to take a tour round the Christmas lights in our local area.
    Happy Christmas to you and your family.

  15. Terrific effect. Hope you have a Merry Christmas.
    Sydney - City and Suburbs

  16. The lights I see always make me happy and I'm glad to hear you are enjoying them!

    Merry Merry Christmas my friend
    :-) I hope all you wish for comes true!!

  17. How nice of your neighbors to go to all that trouble and expense to give you such a beautiful view for Christmas! It is pretty but I would not want to get their electric bill.
    Beautiful lights!

  18. I have seen many short reports on the tv about the effort (and expense) that some people go to. Too much for me I am afraid.

    I do like the bokeh shots you have put up. Cara in Brissie has one up too.

  19. I wasn't going to make any statements on this over- enthusiasm of neighbours with Christmas lights and the "expense" of such. I totally agree with you, Julie.
    With govenments telling us to cut down on power, this makes a complete mockery of it all.
    I think from my up-bringing, Christmas was a solemn occasion. The birth of "christanity" - not an occasion for flaunting money!
    Anyhow I can't see it (thank God) flashing into my windows.

    Thankfully the person across the street from me has forgotten to put her not so big "festive" lights on. The good Lord works in strange ways???? Last year they were on till the end of January!

    All the very best from me to the readers of Diane's excellent blog for the festive season of goodwill and have a wonderful,safe and healthly 2012.
    Colin (HB)

  20. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you, your husband and family .. ..from M xoxox

  21. Merry Christmas and A Happy New Your to you and your familiy.
    So many lights in your neigbourhood - astonishing!

  22. What fun people have with all the lights. I have lights on the tree (they show through the front window) and candles in all the other windows... that's it. Sorta boring by comparison to your friends.
    I love the purposefully out of focus light photos. I didn't know it had a name! Bokeh.

  23. That yard is spectacular. We know some people whose next neighbor decorates almost that spectacularly. Our aquaintences have one string of lights that spells out "BAH HUMBUG"! (It's all in fun ...I think.)

    Merry Christmas to both you and Bill.

  24. Sallie, I'm jealous your acquaintances thought of it first.
    I also wish I'd been the first to say this: Holidays and feasts are fine, but lets not cheapen them too much.

    Diane, a happy and safe holiday season to you, yours, and all of your readers.

  25. Nice. Love your photos.
    Diane and Bill, Happy Christmas, Enjoy.

  26. The video dosen't appear on your blog - just a blank space. It must be something wrong at my end but I'm sure it would be a treat.
    I've never heard of bokeh before Diane - do you need photoshop to access it? I love the effect.
    I hope you both have a wonderful Christmas Season & I look forward to more of your travels & adventures in 2012 xx

  27. I have to admit that because the Jarvis House is on a main road on Long Island, I always feel it necessary to put up holiday lights. Each year I take out the green bins full of strings of lights and all of the extension cords and extra plugs. I have one large reindeer which is covered in white lights. People have come to expect the display, so I try to do a good job, but it is small compared to the display that your neighbors provide. Where do they store everything? Kids love looking at houses with Christmas lights. I remember going to Brooklyn with my parents where they REALLY know how to light the place up! Cheers for a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

  28. Hi Diane! Merry Christmas!!
    Have a great holiday season!

  29. Wow, Diane! your neighbors really did it up with all the Christmas lights. Great video and I love the bokeh captures. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!!

  30. Diane, wishing you and all your family a wonderful day this Christmas day ... may it be filled with love, laughter and sunshine.