Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas at the Grotto

I wanted to post this a little sooner but didn't have it ready in time. I'm sharing a  few pictures of the  festival of lights at the lovely Grotto in Portland that we visited recently. The  Grotto is a 62 acre Catholic shrine and botanical garden that is decorated with scenes from the nativity at Christmas. We visited there recently for the first time at night to enjoy the beautiful Christmas displays. Pictures of Cmas lights never seem to capture the real beauty of being there. I created a collage because I had a few pics that went together to tell the story. These images are the first ones you find as you enter the  festival of lights walkway.   
 


 
 
 More colorful lights and angels.
 
 
The walkway is around a quarter of a mile. So pretty in person.
 
 
 
I tried to get some pics of all the angels lit but it didn't quite work out.
 
 
The star is quite pretty in this one.  
 
 
I love the peaceful beauty of the nativity. My favorite part of our visit.
 
 
 
So beautifully and simply done.
 
I love the red canopy on this lighted tree.
 
 
The beautiful sanctuary at the end of our visit. I love the huge trees in the background.
 

 
I love the spiritual feeling that you get when you visit a religious display such as this. It adds so much meaning to the holidays.
 
 
 
Also the warmth of family and friends that give you that special feeling and a warm hug!
 
 
 
Merry Christmas !
 
Diane
 
I am joining
 

6 comments:

  1. Wow! Amazing lights and photographed well ^_^

    Happy New Year ^_^ (A Creative Harbor) aka artmusedog and CArol ^_^

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  2. Thanks for stopping by. Happy New Year to you as well.

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  3. I never seem to have luck with Xmas light pix, but you have such a fabulous collection here....best part of Xmas, I think

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  4. Thank you for sharing this. I loved seeing the Nativity. Wishing you a very happy 2013!

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  5. Unbelievable!!! Gorgeous photos -
    Happy New Year to you and yours!
    Hugs,
    Suzan

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