The small town of Ladysmith is on the east coast of Vancouver Island,British Columbia, Canada, and every year the folks “light up” for Christmas, to the tune of about 200,000 lights. For a population of about 8,000 that’s a lot ! The main street becomes a blaze of light and colour and people come from many miles to see the display. In fact there are so many lights it’s hard to find a vantage point to get them all in.
Finding a small break in the traffic, I went out in the street and caught this image which I hope gives some idea of the work and dedication of these people.
Located on the 49th parallel, Ladysmith is built on the hillside overlooking Ladysmith Harbour. One of the oldest settlements on Vancouver Island, originally called Oyster Harbour , it was established in 1899 as recreation and dormitory housing for coal miners,and many of the heritage buildings resemble those of San Francisco at the same time period.
Nov. 29, 2009, Fuji S100FS camera.