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“And when all the glitter fades, there will still be stardust in her veins.”  Michelle Schaper.

Photo Challenge: Shiny Attractions!

Photo Challenge: Shiny Attractions!

Photo Challenge: Shiny Attractions!

Photo Challenge: Shiny Attractions!

Creativity is a continual surprise. Ray Bradbury
The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us. Ashley Montagu
Writers are magpies by nature, always collecting shiny things, storing them away and looking for connections of things. John Connolly

For this week’s photo challenge, we are to consider what our “Ooh Shiny!” moments or attractions consist of. It could be anything but I chose the path of least resistance because I am drawn to shiny things, especially during the holiday season. I find that to be the time of year when all the brightest, shiniest lights and decorations go up, and the dazzling array of creative displays fire up our joy and get us ready for the holidays and all that comes with it. I included more than my share of bedazzle but I must say that all those bright, even garish, colors lighten my spirit. Are you easily attracted or distracted by shiny things? I guess it depends on the time of the year and what’s involved.

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“When hope is not pinned wriggling onto a shiny image or expectation, it sometimes floats forth and opens.” Anne Lamott

Photo Challenge: Shiny Attractions!

Photo Challenge: Shiny Attractions!

Photo Challenge: Shiny Attractions!

Photo Challenge: Shiny Attractions!

Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise. Julia Cameron
A lot of times, the inspiration for a novel is a messy bird’s nest of shiny things. Little things that don’t make a whole lot of sense or that, no matter how hard you look, cannot be found directly in the finished book. Molly O’Keefe

Are you easily distracted by shiny objects? Well then, welcome to my collage of Christmas, and Fall Holiday lights and bedazzling actions past. Do stop by for an introduction to the less obvious inclusions. Yes, Rockefeller Center is heavily featured here but, what do you expect? During the Xmas season, it is lit up like Vegas and everyone loves it.


This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post:  – Ohh Shiny –  For this week’s challenge, take a moment to explore  shiny things. What about you: what is guaranteed to distract you? What is your “Ooh, shiny!”?


Positive Motivation Tip: Enjoy the sparkle and add your good cheer to the mix!

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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  1. jin permalink
    16/08/2017 4:45 pm

    Awesome collection of shiny photo challenges! I’ve enjoyed looking at them and seeing what you came up with. Bravo!

    • 16/08/2017 5:45 pm

      Thank you Jin! Glad you liked the collection… Mostly holiday spirit decorations. It’s never too early to celebrate the holidays. 🙂

  2. eclectickristal permalink
    16/08/2017 7:42 pm

    I like to see what other people can up with in term of a photo challenge. It is so many cool things in the world it is nice to see what we can find.

  3. Ketki R S - Dotted Globe permalink
    16/08/2017 8:22 pm

    This is so cool! love the collection, really like that so many holiday pics make it here.. holiday lights are so shiny and pretty!

  4. Adriana Martin permalink
    16/08/2017 9:34 pm

    How cool is this I love shiny attractions we have plenty of those where I live and we just love attending those event and see the lights.

  5. Shell permalink
    16/08/2017 10:03 pm

    This is an awesome collection of photographs! I enjoy looking at them and see me how they are putting me into the holiday spirit already!! Thanks so much for sharing:)

  6. Rachel Teodoro permalink
    16/08/2017 10:32 pm

    I’m a big fan of glittery lights. So many great images.

  7. Oursamyatra permalink
    16/08/2017 10:49 pm

    Great collection of pictures. So nice to see the pics.

  8. arra odeza (@acodeza) permalink
    16/08/2017 10:53 pm

    I can smell the presence of Christmas. It’s the time of the year where we can see lots of shiny attractions. When you’re on top of a building, you can see beautiful lights at night. Thanks for sharing such fascinating pictures

  9. Kelly Reci permalink
    17/08/2017 12:11 am

    It is very nice for eyes to see shiny object or things. This is wow! I a love collecting photographs.

  10. afroz261 permalink
    17/08/2017 12:19 am

    Don’t we all love shiny light be it Christmas tree or fireworks on 4th july or new years. Love all the pictures.
    Lights in hindu also represents festivity, infact Diwali is festival of lights.

  11. Kelly Reci permalink
    17/08/2017 1:04 am

    Great collections. It is really awesome to see sparkling objects. It is overwhelming for the one who captured it. This is amazing.

  12. Tushar Singh permalink
    17/08/2017 3:08 am

    Wow! You’ve got some great pictures there.
    I would also recommend you Winter Light Festival in Kuwana City, Japan. You would love it.

  13. travel blogger permalink
    17/08/2017 3:39 am

    I can be distracted by shiny objects but not as much as my son or my husband. They immediately lose all focus if they see an aluminum gum wrapper on the ground. These are great photos. I do love the shiny lights of the holiday season.

  14. The Gypsy Gurl 🎒👣 permalink
    17/08/2017 4:00 am

    Hi lovely pictures.. In India this is how we celebrate Diwali.. It’s oh shiny all over the country. Thanks for sharing.

  15. 조이 Czjai (@RebelSweetHrt) permalink
    17/08/2017 4:39 am

    Just a few more months before we start decorating for Christmas! I can’t believe we’re already about to enter the last quarter of 2017! 🙂

  16. Monique Elise permalink
    17/08/2017 5:06 am

    Wow these pics are amazing!!!! I especially love the one with the white couch. Thanks for sharing!

  17. nicoleflintkontrol permalink
    17/08/2017 7:36 am

    I loved the holiday decorations! So bright and beautiful. Great photos.

  18. keisha1989 permalink
    17/08/2017 8:13 am

    I love your shiny photo challenge 🙂 You always coming up with new stuff.

  19. nadaliebardo permalink
    17/08/2017 8:17 am

    Bright lights, cameras, and action! I love lighting, it totally sets a room and can change your mood. Thanks for the inspiration!

  20. Tanvi Rastogi (@Tanviidotcom) permalink
    17/08/2017 8:24 am

    Except for decorations I am not much attracted to shiny things. I like is all subtle 🙂

  21. Le Coin de Mel permalink
    17/08/2017 8:54 am

    I love shiny things, especially lights around Christmas time. Fairy lights are my favourites. Always

  22. Nina Bashaw Photography permalink
    17/08/2017 9:47 am

    I love how lights give off a fun and party like atmosphere. I love when people add string lights to their back yards!

  23. kaidigger permalink
    17/08/2017 10:49 am

    Amazing photos and i loved the way everything is decorated perfectly, i wish i could decorate something like that 🙂

  24. Shannon Graham permalink
    17/08/2017 1:07 pm

    I had to giggle when I saw the word shiny. Basically it means things that will distract me and these photos definitely did! Loved it!

  25. Laura Dove permalink
    17/08/2017 2:16 pm

    Well you totally nailed the challenge as the first thing I thought when I saw these photos was – Oooh shiny!! I love anything shiny, my husband jokes that I’m like a magpie!

  26. Elisha Fernandez permalink
    17/08/2017 3:20 pm

    Jewelry always gives me the Ohhhh shiny syndrome lol. And I agree – it is never too early to celebrate the holidays

  27. Erinn Sluka permalink
    17/08/2017 3:37 pm

    It is color and abstract that catches my attention. Whether shiny or matte if it makes me think then I stop and ponder

  28. Cara (@StylishGeek) permalink
    17/08/2017 4:28 pm

    For this challenge the shiny things I will be viewing are the heirloom jewelry pieces of my grandmother. By viewing this I will remember what a shining star she is in my life!

  29. Jhilmil permalink
    17/08/2017 4:40 pm

    Great shiny collection, they all look so beautiful and I’m sure all these glitters would have spread th glittering positive aura. I love things when lit, especially in the darkness of night.

  30. 17/08/2017 5:29 pm

    I am a sucker for gold foil and silver glitter. It can be on note cards or clothes or whatever but it will always make me do a double take.

  31. Emely R.| permalink
    17/08/2017 6:02 pm

    What a pretty collection of photos! Glitter and light always makes you smile!

  32. stylevicksen permalink
    17/08/2017 6:08 pm

    Very cool post! It’s right up my alley because I like shiny things! I love all the photos.

  33. allmydealsindia permalink
    17/08/2017 8:09 pm

    You have got a great collection going there. Great work

  34. Aditi permalink
    17/08/2017 11:26 pm

    All the pictures of this photo changes are so pretty! Loved that couch one! Thanks for sharing! <3

  35. Carol Cassara permalink
    18/08/2017 12:09 am

    I love that you chose Christmas decorations. It’s perfect for the theme, even better than jewelry. I definitely like it and this post made me excited for Christmas!

  36. Helene Choo permalink
    18/08/2017 1:25 am

    Wow, your photos are amazing!:) I know how difficult it is to shoot shiny objects in low light settings, so kudos for managing so well! I love the theme as well:) Thnaks for sharing!

  37. Saint Facetious permalink
    18/08/2017 3:55 am

    Neat idea for a photo challenge and lots of good photos you posted up.

  38. Made Adayasa permalink
    18/08/2017 4:14 am

    What a shiny photo collection . Kind like a new years or Christmas shiny decoration . So stunning

  39. Jpr Arv permalink
    18/08/2017 5:42 am

    It is a great post in response to WPC- Shiny. Even though all these pictures are great, my personal favorite if the sunset or sunrise picture. I feel that it is one of the most remarkable experience available to us all…without any cost!

  40. aswetravl permalink
    18/08/2017 6:13 am

    Really enjoyed looking at these photos, can’t get enough of all the shiny lights around the Christmas holidays – make me feel so cheery! 🙂


  41. Kait permalink
    18/08/2017 6:24 am

    There is something so magical about the holidays with all its lights and shiny décor. There are great photos. Rockefeller center at Christmas is so amazing. I would love to go back and look at all the beautiful decorations.

  42. brigettedanielle permalink
    18/08/2017 6:33 am

    You had me at shiny lol. I find myself to become more creative with bright spaces, shiny and light filled objects. I think the sharpness of light sparks something!

  43. April Smith Decheine permalink
    18/08/2017 7:15 am

    Wow, very pretty lights and you bet they are shiny. Our downtown is lit up overhead right after Halloween! So pretty and festive.

  44. Venus Fitness-Shannon permalink
    18/08/2017 7:53 am

    Beautiful collection of photos! I love the reflection of the lights around the apples. Well done.

  45. Ronnie Epsi permalink
    18/08/2017 9:22 am

    The pictures are so beautiful! I love that water fountain – where is it located?? As far as shiny things – yes, I’m very distracted by them. I went out of my way to go to the Swarovski store in Paris and it was well worth it just to enjoy all the shiny furniture and items.

  46. Momma Addict permalink
    18/08/2017 12:21 pm

    I also love bedazzled, eye-catching things. Your photo collection is amazing and I was surprised to be drawn to the blue water fountain. Not sure why it is my favorite, but it is!

  47. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    18/08/2017 2:00 pm

    I would love to own a tiffany style ring with a shiny large diamond! Oh, goodness. Vanity strikes again. Seriously though, I would be happy to see a shiny bright star in the night sky and stare at it for the longest time. It gives me a sense of calm and wonder what it is really like out there in space. I like your photos of shiny things too!

  48. Jojo Hua permalink
    18/08/2017 5:45 pm

    This challenge seems to have made for a beautiful post! I get really attracted to shiny things too!

  49. Shawna permalink
    18/08/2017 7:06 pm

    I looove shiny stuff…what girl doesn’t?! I really like the photos of the lighting that you included here.

  50. Kristen from The Road to Domestication permalink
    18/08/2017 7:59 pm

    Ooo, this is a fun one! I love the images you chose to illustrate!

  51. Shelley Zurek (@stillblondeaaty) permalink
    18/08/2017 8:57 pm

    What lovely shots, I especially admire the fountain. Shiny for me is sequins!

  52. alisonrost permalink
    18/08/2017 9:35 pm

    My husband and I attended a wedding this weekend. I couldn’t help but think of this as I read your post. How, I came into my brand new, shiny marriage with my cookie recipes, my perfume, my funny stories. My shoulds, my expectations, my ideals. Then I realized that it takes time. That it takes determination. That it gets hard before it gets easy. That the glitter wears off. That, most of all, it’s so very worth it. x

  53. Anjali Chawla permalink
    18/08/2017 11:14 pm

    Awesome! Oh shiny! Beautiful collage of photographs! Take a bow!!!

  54. Fred permalink
    19/08/2017 5:53 am

    It is always nice to see bright shiny things at night. Always a challenge to take a good photograph of city lights and make them look breathtaking and beautiful

  55. Alicia Taylor permalink
    19/08/2017 8:45 am

    Wow! I’ve never seen the Rockafeller Center interior. It’s definitely shiny 🙂 Thanks for sharing your beautifully shiny photo collage! It does feel more like Christmas already.

  56. Cassandra Rose permalink
    19/08/2017 8:59 am

    One of my favorite pictures from my recent AC trip is one that I took in front of a pineapple fountain. I love seeing pretty light displays!

  57. Joanna permalink
    19/08/2017 12:48 pm

    I am also easily distracted by shiny objects, especially during the holidays season. I love watching all the lights and the displays. I also love fireworks and during summer, my town has 6 weeks of fireworks which make the sky so shiny.

  58. Finja permalink
    19/08/2017 3:09 pm

    Thanks for sharing your tips, really interesting perspective here. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

  59. Via Bella permalink
    19/08/2017 6:22 pm

    Who can resist shiny? (Somehow the Moana song Shiny is in my head- clearly showing I am a mum). I love the collage of beautiful shiny photos.

  60. Keeping Up With Candy permalink
    19/08/2017 8:21 pm

    You ALWAYS have the best photos. Shiny things are great as long as it is in moderation. Shiny things tend to make one feel better as well.

  61. Scotch & Stilettos permalink
    19/08/2017 10:36 pm

    This is a great collection of “shiny” photos. I was always obsessed with night photography and bright city lights since I was young.

  62. A Busy Bees Life - Sheri permalink
    19/08/2017 11:50 pm

    This is lovely. All those lights and the way it makes the locations looks completely different is breathtaking. I really enjoy holiday lights.

  63. Alice permalink
    20/08/2017 12:57 am

    This reminds me of Christmas and Newyear. So lovely.

  64. franckxethee permalink
    20/08/2017 6:47 am

    Shiny objects can really give a festive feel. It stands out and can really be an attraction.

  65. tumandok permalink
    20/08/2017 6:53 am

    Something that glistens, dazzles and sparkes attract attention. Especially the dazzling lights that it is emitting couldn’t be missed by anyone. Light gives life. – Gil Camporazo

  66. Ana De-Jesus permalink
    20/08/2017 6:55 am

    Haha yes! Naturally my eye is always drawn to shiny objects, I am like a magpie when it comes to shiny things x

  67. Gladys Parker permalink
    20/08/2017 4:46 pm

    I absolutely love shiny things. They lift my mood, draw my attention and distract me from the mundane. Christmas time (the entire 6 weeks) lifts my spirit and shiny things are definitely a big part of that. Your photo’s are beautiful.

  68. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    20/08/2017 7:07 pm

    I have always loved light shows, especially the ones at Christmastime. All the little shiny lights look like stars in the night. You did have a great collection of photos with the “shiny” theme. I was particularly drawn to that chandelier. It looks spectacular!

  69. chewoutloud permalink
    20/08/2017 8:51 pm

    Rockefeller is stunning and dazzling during that time of year. I’m definitely captivated by those shiny lights when walking the streets there! Your collection here makes it feel like Christmas in July (now August) 🙂

  70. jennadphotography permalink
    20/08/2017 11:44 pm

    Holiday season is my favourite season by far, like you I am also drawn to shiny holiday decorations. I put mine up in October already, and only take them down end of Jan, so that I can keep the shine a little bit longer

  71. Alice permalink
    21/08/2017 3:03 am

    Awesome Challenge. I also do love Shiny stuff! They that say our fascination with shiny objects in due to a deep need. Do you think this is true?

  72. abccooper17Allison permalink
    21/08/2017 4:25 am

    I’m loving your first quote! So true that all the good will always run through your veins if you’ve been projecting that into the world.

  73. Pammy permalink
    21/08/2017 6:13 am

    I also do love shiny things as I love looking at them and it makes me feel happy!

  74. sugarcoathope permalink
    21/08/2017 6:40 am

    A beautiful collection of decorations! It’s definitely put me in a festive mood.

  75. Fashion Panache by Bhushavali permalink
    21/08/2017 7:44 am

    Such beautiful installations!!! Reminds me of Christmas decor everywhere in London! Its such an awesome time and everything is so festive!

  76. Krizia Velez | Reckless Babe permalink
    21/08/2017 10:08 am

    I also love shiny things!! I always wanted to visit NYC during Christmas time to see all the pretty decorations you show here, don’t know if I can handle the cold though that’s why I always go during the summer. I get distracted by shiny things as well and animals! I love all animals and can’t help when I spot one to go and meet it.

  77. RonRon permalink
    21/08/2017 11:24 am

    Great collection of shiny photos and images. Love all the pics you posted. Great find!

  78. Truly, Zipporah permalink
    21/08/2017 4:29 pm

    Love love the photos you shared. I’ve always been in love with the shiny things for example the City lights

  79. Steve permalink
    21/08/2017 8:13 pm

    The blue lights in that fountain look incredible. They nailed it trying to make their fountain pop with festive color!

  80. Kim permalink
    21/08/2017 8:28 pm

    I’m with you, I love shiny things around the holidays. There is something about that time of year when it feels like it’s dark all day! Then to go out in the cold and see the lights and shiny objects, just makes it easier to handle the cold!

  81. sveeteskapes permalink
    22/08/2017 5:07 am

    There’s something about shiny objects and lights that get my attention too! Love the pictures you have selected, the one of NY is my favorite.

  82. Margarette Puno permalink
    22/08/2017 8:56 am

    All the shiny things looks all so awesome like looking from the stars. I love love all of this things.

  83. EasterBabe permalink
    22/08/2017 8:26 pm

    I’m drawn to shiny things too! Yes, I’m easily distracted for sure. Love the photos and quotes.

  84. Vanessa permalink
    23/08/2017 2:18 am

    Yes indeed, I get easily distracted by shiny objects or glitter! I love when it shines, i just don’t dare wearing it or using it as house decoration.

  85. Terno's Blog Site permalink
    23/08/2017 9:48 am

    Beautiful pics, and fun challenge. We love taking Disney pics for our site, and always looking for new challenges.

  86. Vidal permalink
    24/08/2017 2:03 am

    I absolutely love chandeliers! The way the light reflects off of it. Decorative tree lights are probably one of my favourite parts of the festive season.

  87. mitchellejuaban permalink
    24/08/2017 8:13 am

    There’s definitely something alluring in shiny and sparkling things. It’s not only kids but it holds true even to adults and older ones.

  88. jasminekeclipse permalink
    24/08/2017 6:13 pm

    I love all of your photo challenges! I especially love the shiny genre, it’s so fun!

  89. Melanie Poulos Walsh permalink
    25/08/2017 12:23 pm

    I love all things glittery. I’m normally not that girly, but shimmer and shine appeal to me. That’s probably why the holidays bring me so much joy.

  90. Ruth permalink
    26/08/2017 10:27 pm

    I love this collection! I do get distracted by shiny objects because I have sensitive eyes. This seems like a good feed in instagram :))

  91. adventures permalink
    28/08/2017 7:44 am

    I love that blue fountain. It’s gorgeous! Where is that?

  92. cre8tone kylie permalink
    29/08/2017 2:15 am

    Wow! All those photos are shiningly amazingly beautiful! Stunning! Love to see it for real, all the scenery..

  93. Familyearthtrek permalink
    30/08/2017 1:10 pm

    They are shiny alright! I would take loads photo of my daughter because she shine up my day. And my sunflower growing on my balcony!

  94. Claire Santiago permalink
    03/09/2017 2:00 pm

    Those man-made shiny decors and things are amazing, but of all the things that shine, it is the sun that I adore the most. It always reminds me of God’s love and promises.


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