When I wrote my last NaBloPoMo 2016 post, I planned to share (soon after) the photos from a post-Thanksgiving walk through the “Tinsel Trail” at Big Spring Park in Huntsville, Alabama. The end-of-semester wrap up, holiday preparations, and sheer exhaustion hindered that effort, but I cannot let the holiday season pass without sharing the photos I captured.
“Tinsel Trail” is a display of Christmas trees in the park, located in Downtown Huntsville. The trees are sponsored by various companies, groups, and even families.
There are a lot of trees and far too many to share in one post. I captured more than 150 photos (not every tree), but I’m sharing only about one-third of them with you.
The trees are decorated in various ways, expressing the personalities of the groups sponsoring them. Some are traditional with ornaments, bulbs, and ribbon. [Click one of the collaged images for a closer look]
Some are there simply for company advertisement.
Some promote the arts.
Some support parks and recreational areas.
Some raise awareness about mental illness.
Some are full of sugary dreams of childhood.
There are trucks.
And trains serving childhood fantasies of the North Pole.
Of course, Santa is there.
And other characters familiar to kids (and adults).
There are superheroes.
And favored villains.
There are reminders that some of us go through the holidays carrying grief.
There is a cute owl tree I can’t wait to share with a little friend who loves them.
Some represent universities.
And (for my many Alpha Kappa Alpha friends), at least one sorority.
Some are patriotic.
And, of course, many are religious, reminding us of the “reason for the season,” with messages of love and offers of hope in the Messiah.
Sometimes, I took in as much as I could of the whole image.
Sometimes, I focused on the details.
All in all, this was a wonderful visual feast and I hope you had a pleasurable walk with me. Most of the photos were captured during late afternoon just before sunset, but we plan to go back before the trail vanishes to enjoy it in its evening glory.
For now, have a joyous Christmas season!