The Circle of Lights

On this Christmas Day, I’m taking a break from my weekly Recommended Reading feature and am instead sharing some Christmastime photos I made recently.

Every year since 1962, the local International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers strings lights from the top of the Indianapolis Soldiers and Sailors Monument to the ground. The Circle of Lights is visible for a good long way from Monument Circle, which stands at the heart of Downtown Indianapolis.

Here’s the lit monument from a block south, on the old National Road.

The Circle of Lights

Margaret and I walked over to the monument so we could photograph the lights, and the monument, up close.

The Circle of Lights
The Circle of Lights
The Circle of Lights
The Circle of Lights

I shot my Nikon Df with a 28-80 f/3.5-5.6D AF Nikkor lens attached. I set the camera to choose ISO automatically so I could get fast enough shutter speeds, but it wasn’t perfect and about two thirds of my images were blurry. But these that turned out look pretty good.

As we walked around the outside of the monument, we noticed the patterns and pictures being projected on the Circle’s buildings. My favorite was Circle Tower, which reminded me of sticks of Fruit Stripe gum.

Circle Tower
Circle Tower

Happy Christmas to you and yours!


23 thoughts on “The Circle of Lights

  1. David Winskill says:

    A Merry Christmas from a grey and oddly warm London.

    Best wishes for a safe and peaceful New Year.


  2. Darts and Letters says:

    Merry Christmas, Jim. You’re right about the Circle tower looking like Fruit Stripe gum, btw! Neat.

  3. It has been a long time since I have trekked downtown to see the Christmas decorations, so thanks for this sampling.

    I can’t say that I’m a fan of the trend towards the patterned floodlights, but I am probably in the minority.

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