Friday, December 23, 2011

Tucson Christmas Home Ideas

Once or twice a year, I like to take shots from other photographers in Tucson and showcase their work around the landscape.  This year's photo set comes from  The pics were posted on their website and demonstrate that the holidays are alive and well in Tucson. 
I enjoy the way Tucsonans use lighting in their landscape.  If you look at the lights in the above pic, you'll notice some interesting holiday design.  They use white lighting to create a "snow" appearance on the ground.  Note their Saguaro cactus is covered in lights and the palm uses yellow lights to reflect a little warmth in the yard. Also note how many times I use the word "light" in this paragraph.:)
Sometimes people will decorate one Saguaro cactus or they'll buy a metal structure that resembles a Saguaro cactus.  I really like this look in the desert garden.  Plantwise.  Lighting around a plant can keep it from dying back during freezing temps.  Right now we are under a freeze warning for 3 nights here in the Old Pueblo.  Many of these holiday lights will save plants from freezing:)
And as for electric bills?  This one must cost a fortune!!
Some people put these pieces up in the yard and add a little movement just to make things stand out a bit for onlookers to stop and gawk at their creations:)
This year my brother dressed up like Batman with my nephew for the Holiday parade.  I love these shots!
I like how they decorate the Ocotillo in the pics below.
I really also enjoy how people will decorate their inner courtyard with cool designs.  One of my favorite things to observe during the holiday season was how people would open up their garages with a beautiful and MOVING holiday scene.  It really has a magical feel!
For more ideas, click on the Winterhaven video below and check out some of the fun in this Christmas wonderland located in central Tucson. Stay tuned for more!


  1. these lights are really pretty and creative, and the singing in the video lovely. Very enjoyable post, thanks, RB.

  2. i love this! such different shapes to decorate than 'typical' wintry Christmas scenes!

    thank you for your kind visits and comments! i do appreciate you! merry christmas to you and yours!

  3. Love all the photos... makes me want to go out and decorate. ;) Merry Christmas to you!

  4. Merry Christmas!
    Fun to see how wild folks like to get out there in the desert!
    Wishing you a peaceful and happy holiday.

  5. These scenes of lighting are unique. When I see lights, I usually go, "oh, more color overload. Next!". But not these.

    #2 w/ the lights draped over densely lit palms = nice! #3 of the single saguaro = classy. #8,9 with the Ocotillo and walls washed in lights = rival any professional landscape lighting work I've seen. Enjoy Tucson!

  6. I just love all the holiday lights! Wish we could have such displays for each holiday and season! Wouldn't the world seem so much cheerier??
    Have a wonderful weekend!!

  7. I think your nephew may be my grandson's twin! Happy Holidays, Chris!


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