Garden d’Lights

Garden d’Lights is an annual light show held at Bellevue Botanical Garden each year from Thanks Giving to New Year. It features over ½ million tiny lights which transform the garden into a blossoming winter wonderland, capturing the “d’Light” in everyone.

This is a beautiful place to witness the Christmas lights in Bellevue. These pictures are from our visit last December on a cold winter evening.

View from the entrance

View from the entrance

Close up picture

Close up view with the duck

Central view

Central view

Garden frog

Garden frog


Beautifully decorated flower beds

All bushes are covered with tiny lights

All bushes are covered with tiny lights


Sparkling flowers and butterfly

Glittering flowers

Flowers twinkling with lights

Each corner is lit up at the garden

Each corner of the garden is lit up

Grape vines

Grape vines


Close up of a colorful parrot


Christmas tree at the garden

Snowflake Lane

As Christmas is close by I thought of sharing a post indicating the spirit of this festival. Snowflake Lane is one of the most beloved holiday event in the Seattle area. It takes place in Downtown Bellevue where each night, from the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve, the bustling streets are magically transformed into an extravagant winter wonderland; featuring falling snow, twinkling lights,  enchanting winter characters and lively musical dance performers.

These pictures are from last season’s parade. We went in early to grab a good spot as the street gets very crowded with families specially of children. The traffic is rerouted during the parade time and people are cordoned at many areas of the street. We managed to find a place in the front row of the sidewalk.

Street view

Street view with the dazzling lights and projections


Illuminating street with colorful Christmas lights


Crowd gathered to watch the initiation ceremony of the Snowflake Lane

Parade begins

Parade begins with the traditional holiday music


Toy soldier drummers leading the way


Candy cane girls


Snowflake princess and prince



Polar bear

Polar bear of the North Pole



Snowflake penguin

Snowflake penguin

Sugar plum fairy

Sugar plum fairy

Snowflake reindeers

Santa’s reindeers

Here comes Santa

Here comes Santa Claus spreading the joy of Christmas


Beautiful snowfall created at the street

Cheerful drummer

Cheerful drummer

This was a fun parade to watch and I returned signing Christmas carols on my way.

Fall Foliage





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Here are my colors of red, yellow and gold for the beautiful fall season.

These pictures were taken last year fall season around the city.

Ed has asked us to show images of Fall Foliage in ‘ Sunday Stills Photography’ this week.

This is also for Ailsa’s Weekly Travel theme: Autumn.