Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Lights on!


As the snow floated gently down Rochester welcomes visitors to a spectacular evening of lights.

I haven’t felt particularly festive this year, but that’s not all that unusual. I did put lights on a tree in the yard, one particular smallish spruce tree, and I like the sense of that, the one tree lit in the dark. Sort of sign of hope I guess. But other than that one little tree I haven’t done anything to decorate around here.

Unlike a small town about 30 miles away, a town that goes all out at this time of year. A friend suggested we go one night this week with our cameras. I’m glad she did, because after we tromped around admiring the lights last night I am in a decidedly more festive mood.

Can’t stop taking pictures!

It would be hard not to be, don’t you agree?

The town puts on an amazing light display, and people come out in droves to walk the streets and admire the colors and the window displays. I’ve always liked taking pictures of commercial windows, particularly if there are people enjoying themselves inside. It’s a little slice of life.

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I particularly liked how the lights on buildings across the street reflected in almost all of the window scenes I shot.

There was so much to enjoy, including little details like the lights shining in my friend’s camera lens…

Hope she got the shot with me in the way!

…and the ornaments on the trees lining the streets.

Holiday colors were everywhere.

It was hard to know where to look. So I looked everywhere.

Reflections on the holiday season.

Even the parked cars got in on the show.

Blue reflects blue.

And then, on my drive home I came across a mall with the trees all lit up. Even though it was way past my bedtime and my toes were cold I just had to stop.

Another winter wonderland!

Mesmerizing isn’t it!

Pretty in pink. For at least a mile.

So if you don’t quite have the holiday spirit, stop and peruse these lights of Rochester Michigan. And if you live close enough, visit and walk among the lights yourself.

Sending you holiday greetings.

They’ll be up and shining bright until New Years. Merry Christmas to you all.

Late night pretty.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

26 thoughts on “Lights on!

  1. Ironically I just saw Rochester’s lights featured on the news last night! LOVE what they have done and your photos actually make Rochester look NICE……hehehe


  2. These lights are beautiful, Dawn. Those buildings….wow!


  3. The lights are cheery, but in my house this year I’ve decided to be satisfied with my LED candles encircled by wreaths.


  4. Beautiful Dawn- so many colors!


  5. These are some of the coolest decorations I’ve ever seen. How’d they get the store fronts to be all one color? And solid? Trees, too, are amazing. Thanks for sharing.


  6. That’s a Winter Wonderland!


  7. I understand not being in the mood. For the past few years, I haven’t been. This is the first year I’ve had a tree since 2014, so every night I come home, plug it in and enjoy its simplicity of only being 4.5 feet tall, not a giant like I was brought up to believe was the only “good” tree. I’m glad that road trip helped lift up your spirits. I know the holidays can be hard when you don’t have all your loved ones near you.


  8. I love their colored, lit buildings! Great community spirit, to put up all those decorations. Thank you for sharing it with us … minus the frozen toes, of course!!


  9. Wow this looks amazing, think I must drive over and show it to the children. Do you think a car can cross the Atlantic ocean?


  10. Spectacular, indeed!!! And your camera work does justice to the scenes, Dawn. Good job!


  11. That is one of the most beautiful cityscapes I have ever sen. Great captures too!


  12. I think it is amazing that the town puts up so many lights. They are quite beautiful and I love all your pictures.


    • I think it’s amazing too. I guess the increase in foot traffic and shopping helps make up the cost. They do it every year. I’ve only been once before, both times were so much fun! (And I didn’t buy anything, so it was free! :))


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