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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  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52almost 3 years ago

    Stunning capture Bob,you lucky thing it must have been amazing.

    Cheers Jude

  • Thanks Jude. I had a few choices of this butterfly from different angles. This one worked best. It was well worth the bucks to get in.

    – Bob Wall

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 3 years ago

    What a stunner this one is Bob !
    Of course I do love butterflies …..

  • Thanks Trish, I noticed. ;>)

    – Bob Wall

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 3 years ago

    Magical !

  • Thanks Kala. Probably my favorite shot of the night.

    – Bob Wall

  • Kathy Baccari
    Kathy Baccarialmost 3 years ago

    Oh WOW Bob, this is absolutely amazing. Excellent exposure. I sure would enjoy seeing these type of things in real life, but wow did you do an awesome job of capturing it. An instant fave for me. :)

  • Thaks again Kathy.

    – Bob Wall

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 2 years ago

    March voucher challenge – Top Ten

  • Cool beans. Thanks y’all.

    – Bob Wall

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 2 years ago


  • Cool. Thanks Kala.

    – Bob Wall

  • janewiebenga
    janewiebengaover 2 years ago

    This is great Bob. Love the light. Congratulations on your on your features. : )

  • Thanks Jane

    – Bob Wall

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