Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Bonfire Night (and more)

Yesterday was the fifth of November - Guy Fawkes Day.  In England, bonfires are burned to commemorate the failed attempt to blow up Parliament in 1605.  (You can read more about Guy Fawkes HERE).

We went to an event at Fruitlands this weekend.  It was a craft beer tasting with lots of delicious food.  I was the designated driver since I don't really care for the taste of beer.  Our son, his girlfriend and her parents joined us for the festivities.

I usually try to remember to take photos of signs and posters for events and places since they can be very useful in creating scrapbook pages later.

 I left the tent a few times to try to get some photos of the view.  I was hoping for an amazing sunset but it was too cloudy.

The sky and scenery were beautiful - the leaves are past their peak but there was still some nice color. 

There was a bonfire at the end of the evening so I had a chance to try out taking some photos in the dark and by the light of the fire.

The path to the bonfire was lined with luminaries.  We stopped to check out one of the sculptures along the way.

At the bonfire site, there was also a small fire for toasting marshmallows and making s'mores.  The dramatic sky and lighting made for some interesting photos.

The bonfire was built to resemble one of the art pieces made by this year's artist in residence, Jodi Coella (you can see a short video and learn more about her work HERE).  Visitors could write something on a paper and tuck it into the ball to release the wish or thought into the world through the fire.

The fire burned quickly after lighting.  It was amazing how quickly the heat became nearly unbearable.

 The bright light of the fire made interesting silhouettes of the trees against the dark sky.

As the fire burned, the wood started to fall down the hill.  Fortunately, the fire fighters had created a ring for safety and the fire stayed within the designated area.

After some of the wood fell the fire took on an interesting shape.  Watching the flames you could see images - just like you do when watching the clouds.  I thought this photo captured the fire as a tall woman in a dress with a train, can you see that image?

Before long the fire had burned down to embers and it was cold again in the evening air.

I like the dramatic effect of the extreme lighting in these photos.  It would be better to use a tripod in this sort of situation - I ended up with quite a few blurry shots.

Now, on a completely different topic, here are a few deals I wanted to let you know about...

If you have been thinking about getting a Silhouette Cameo, I saw a good deal at JCPenney (who knew that Penney's sold crafting tools?).  You can find a bundle HERE on their site for $285.  The bundle includes a couple of extra tools.  If you use the code "NOVSAVE" you will get 25% off making the total price $213.75 and shipping is free for purchases over $99.  I am not sure how long the code will be valid - it worked last night when I tested it.  I have no affiliation with JCPenney - just wanted to let you know about a good price!

It is Wednesday so you may also want to check out the "One Buck Wednesday" specials at Jessica Sprague HERE.  There are some nice Christmas items this week, including this full "Santa's Sleigh" collection for just $1 (regular price $14.99).

The free shape of the week from the Silhouette Online Store is this Merry Christmas title. 

There are also over 1300 shapes on sale for 25% off this week.  While the sign says "autumn-themed", when you click on the link the category is "Trees, Branches. Leaves" and there are quite a few Christmas items included.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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  1. Those are beautiful pictures Diane. I especially like the night ones with the bon fire.

    1. Thanks MaryAnn - I am trying to use my new camera in lots of different lighting situations. I think the night ones look so dramatic!

  2. I enjoyed looking at all the pictures. You take such great ones.
    Have fun learning all about your new camera.

    Bethlehem, PA

    1. Thanks Kathy for the nice compliment. I am trying to learn as fast as I can but it takes time to get really comfortable with a new camera. Fortunately you can clean some things up in the editing!


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