A Forest of Lanterns by Bob Wall


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I went to the Global Winter Wonderland at Great America in Santa Clara, California thinking I was going to get a few shots of some cool lights. 200+ shots later, I got some pictures of cool lights. Lots of ’em.

The displays at this show are called lanterns, and technically, I guess they are. Most are steel frames with colored or painted silk stretched over them, and are illuminated from the inside. There is one display made up of tea cups and soupspoons. There are others using light ropes and LEDs. Way cool. There are over fourty large lanterns, some 50 feet high, and/or about 100 feet long. There are also lots and lots of smaller ones.

The hard part for me now is to select just a few to post here at the Bubble. Hope you like my selections. If you would like to see more of them here, visit my Flickr page below and let me know which one, or ones, you would like here.

If you would like to read more about the Global Winter Wonderland, go to:

If you would like to see more of my pics from this awesome show, go to my Flickr page at:

I’ll shoot anything that catches my eye, but I love it when somebody says “I never looked at it that way before” or even just a little “ooooh”. If I can make you stop and say “hmm”, that’s the best. I normally use minimal processing; a little bump in color and/or contrast, maybe a little cropping. But sometimes I just can’t resist the urge to play with an image.

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  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 3 years ago

    How magical is that! lovely capture

  • Thanks Kala. Another of those shots where I wasn’t sire if it was acceptable for LUML.

    – Bob Wall

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 3 years ago

    And you ONLY took about 200 ! ! What a fabulous show …
    Any others you would like to post here I’m sure will be viewed favourably !

  • Hey, 200 ain’t bad for me since going digital. Especially since there was so much to shoot here. ;>)

    – Bob Wall

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 3 years ago

    I probably would have shot more :)

  • Thought about it, but it was coooold.

    – Bob Wall

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 3 years ago

    Bob, virtually anything for LUML that is to do with lights (not candles) is acceptable :)
    Hope you send me plenty more of these :)

  • Keep your eyes open for ’em then. Thinking about doing a calendar. :)

    – Bob Wall

  • Kathy Baccari
    Kathy Baccarialmost 3 years ago

    Gorgeous……….I do hope you will continue sharing more of these with us Bob. It amazes me how the light artists can come up with these creations. Beautiful job of capturing it. Another Fave for me. :)

  • Thanks for the cool comment and the fave Kathy.

    – Bob Wall

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 2 years ago


  • Cool. Thanks Kala.

    – Bob Wall

  • virginian
    virginianover 2 years ago

    Great image! Congrats on your feature.

  • Thanks Virg.

    – Bob Wall

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