December 12

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle

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“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” Harriet Tubman

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle - Bryant Park Tree
Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle – Bryant Park Tree
Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle- Glowing Globes
Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle – Glowing Globes

Twinkle, twinkle, little star by Jane Taylor (1783–1824)
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.

When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.

One thing I love about the holiday season is all the sparkling, twinkling lights that we see everywhere. I love driving around my neighborhood and admiring the great effort some families put into their front yard lights. One favorite thing I love to do every year, ans I am not alone on this one, is to go to Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park, and the neighboring midtown streets, to admire the twinkling lights. That is what I’ve chosen to share for this wonderful, perfect holiday season assignment.

“We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle.” Marilyn Monroe

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle - Rockefeller Center Tree
Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle – Rockefeller Center Tree
Weekly Photo Challenge:  - Rockefeller Center Lights
Weekly Photo Challenge: – Rockefeller Center Lights

Then the traveller in the dark,
Thanks you for your tiny spark,
He could not see which way to go,
If you did not twinkle so.

In the dark blue sky you keep,
And often through my curtains peep,
For you never shut your eye,
‘Till the sun is in the sky.

As I added my photos, all that kept playing in my mind was Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Enjoy the rest. Happy Holidays!

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“Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.” Stephen Hawking

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle - Bryant Park Tree
Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle – Bryant Park Tree
Weekly Photo Challenge:  - NYC Lights
Weekly Photo Challenge: – NYC Lights

As your bright and tiny spark,
Lights the traveler in the dark.
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star.
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star.
How I wonder what you are.
How I wonder what you are.

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. Check out how others interpreted the theme below.

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle This week, share with us your photos of twinkling light. You will need to find a light source and a reflective surface in order to capture a twinkle, but those are the only limitations. Your photo could be the sparkle of an ornament, as in the photo I’ve shared. Perhaps it is a crisp catchlight in the eyes of a loved one, or the millions of twinkles in the waves of a body of water as a sunrise’s first rays appear. Maybe you’d like to try your hand at nighttime photography, and capture the sparkle of stars. Where there is light, there will be a twinkle.


Positive Motivation Tip: Those we hold dear in our hearts are always near to comfort us and make us smile… They may be gone but they are never forgotten. Keep the flame of love alive.

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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet


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  • Love, love, love this post! It has really cheered me up and helped me get into the Christmas spirit! 🙂 All the lights are so twinkly! 🙂 Simone x

  • “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” – This is very much going to stay in my mind too now.
    The Rockefeller Center Lights are amazing! Thanks for sharing.
    Have a great Holiday time, dear Elizabeth.
    Love, Uta

  • What a beautiful Christmas wonderland. I love it! I can’t wait to visit our local community tree.

  • What a truly beautiful tree! And what a nice concept for photography. Sigh I wish my iPhone can take good pictures at night. I haven’t seen a tree that huge around here yet, though, but I’m sure there’s one I haven’t seen yet. When I finally get my hands on a real camera, I shall go searching for twinkles.

    Taking note of the reflective surface!

  • These are awesome photos! I love Christmas lights, too. There is just something magical and beautiful about them.

  • This is great, I learn that twinkle twinkle song when i was 5 years old. I like the way you relate the poems with the pictures. Pictures are beautiful and so are the poems.

  • I really love the Christmas season, there’s so many amazing christmas and lighting display that gives such happiness. I actually want to experience Christmas with Snow haha. Sharing you the lights back here in Manila 🙂

  • All the pictures are great. I love go out and look at all the lights and decorations on Christmas Eve.

  • What a great post indeed. I love these pictures, quotes, etc. and this is inspiring to me indeed. This time of year, I love all the lights that just give me a warm feeling inside. Thanks for sharing.

  • such lovely christmas tree photos.. I love seeing the lights of it, beautiful.

  • I love Christmas and your post with the pictures together gave me the spirit of Christmas 😀 Christmas decorations everywhere “twinkle”and happiness ! Its definitely the time when you feel all your wishes will come true !!

  • This holiday is never complete without these beautiful lights surrounding the city! In the Philippines, Christmas lights shows are now becoming a famous tourist attraction this holiday season!

  • Your photos are simply gorgeous. I would love to do a weekly photo challenge but I don’t know that I’d have time. Thanks for sharing your twinkle challenge with us.

  • The twinkle lights are one of my favorite parts of the holidays! LOVE how it transforms dull leafless trees into magical wonderlands.

  • All those lovely photos of Christmas Trees and pretty lights are making me smile. I sense that hope in the “twinkle” that those lights have. I’ve always thought that they’re lovely and relaxing to look at.

  • Such a lovely post! We will be trying to see the beautiful twinkling lights of NYC Christmas week. Love Bryant Park. It’s not as crowded as Rockefeller and it’s fun to watch the ice skaters.

  • I am always excited for a new photo challenge and this one really puts me in the holiday spirit. I am book marking this page and will be uploading a photo. Hope my old but faithful camera is up to the task!!!

  • We are actually putting up our tree this weekend 🙂 And lights outside. One of my favorite things to do is drive around and look at the lights.

  • I also like seeing the streets glammed up with lights. It gives warm and fuzzy feel. Lovely article Eliz, as always:)

  • We also decorated our Christmas tree at home. My kids wanted to arrange it with little shining red angels instead of crystal balls so it looks marvelous now. Love your pics, they are full of light and totally in tune with my Christmas mood.

  • Beautiful photos! This is my favorite time of year and I love the twinkling lights. My grandmother use to pile me and my cousins in the car and take us on a drive from town to town, to see the beautiful bright lights!

  • I love this time of year! Christmas makes everything beautiful. Your pictures look amazing. =-)

  • I love this time of year as well and love all the lights too. Our family takes drives every few days in the evening to see all the decorations and lights. These pictures are so pretty.

  • I saw this tree on your Facebook page and was just amazed. It’s definitely one of the prettiest trees I’ve seen. It’s pretty magnificent in size too.

  • This was really beautiful! I love these amazing photos! I’ve been to NYC many times but never at Christmas. It’s always been a dream of mine so thank you for sharing it with me and the inspiration.

  • I Love Christmas lights. It is fun to go for a drive and see all the great lights.

  • I love Christmas Time! 🙂 Your photos are so great. Maybe try with a higher quality camera. It will be better!

  • That Bryant Park tree is something else. Love that they did it up in red, white and blue. I also like seeing the lights in NYC during the season but I won’t have the time to get in this year. Thanks for sharing.

  • Have you tried making wishes upon a Christmas Tree. I did that once in 2011, making the same wish upon every Christmas tree I see and it came true! I thought I will try that again this year to see how it goes!

  • The lights during Christmas season is what I’m always waiting to see. It lights up the mood of almost everyone. 🙂

  • I truly would LOVE to be in NYC for the Christmas holidays. It truly looks amazing. I love your photos.

  • One day I really hope I can visit NYC in Christmas time. I have only been there summer once, and fall the next. The shimmering and colorful decorations look so beautiful! – Fred

  • That’s a very big Christmas Tree and the Star really stands out. I like the first quote on dreamers since it all starts with a dream to chase and persevere.

  • I adore all the twinkles of Christmas as well. Sometimes I wish we could just leave them up all year round to lift the spirits. There’s just something so magickal about them!

  • These trees all look beautiful. I would not want to have to get up and count all the lights on one tree or have the job of putting them on there too.

  • I have always wanted to go to NYC around Christmas time. I don’;t know if I can handle the cold weather though!

  • Such beautiful pictures! I’ve always wanted to go to New York during the holidays!

  • I love looking at all the beautiful Christmas lights! That’s what really makes the season festive.

  • Beautiful pictures! That is some great twinkle! I love the Christmas decorations and the holiday season in general. I’m so glad it’s the most magical time of the year again 🙂

  • One of the many reasons I love this season is all the beautiful lights! Thank you for sharing these gorgeous photos.

  • “Keep the flame of love alive.”…I totally agree. 🙂 That is such a beautiful tree. And those glowing globes are beautiful as well.

  • The photos are beautiful.. I love the lights. . So festive.. fills me up with joy 🙂

  • Oh these photos are stunning! I’ll have to go out and look at our local lights with my camera

  • I love your web site. I could spend hours. I have signed up and following your site. Love the poems, always have loved poetry. You have the most Inspirational photo’s I have ever seen!!!!!! Thanks!!!!

  • Thank you so much for sharing this. I’ve always wanted to go to NYC on Christmas. I almost made it one year. Brrr, is it cold walking down the streets in the city when that cold wind blows right through! Such beautiful trees though!

  • OH My Goodness all of that is so beautiful. I haven’t had the time to check out our down town yet and I really want too 🙁

  • some beautiful twinkling moments. funny, ‘twinkle, twinkle little star’ was on the tip of my tongue too, and yet never put it into words. a song i remember from earliest school days….
    thanks for sharing.

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