22 Dec 14. Back when we lived in MD we visited Brookside Gardens to take in their annual Festival of Lights. A bit pricy, but it included parking and access to their "coffee" shop which had live entertainment and warm beverages, a most welcome respite from the often very cold weather. And as they charged by the car, and not the occupants, a van full of folks made it VERY affordable. It remains one of the highlights, among many, of our stay in MD. Upon moving to Seattle we looked for something similar and found it, on a much lesser scale, at the Bellevue Botanical Gardens, their show being called Garden D'Lights. It was reasonably priced the first few years we went, but each year it increased in cost, but appears to have now returned to a reasonable price. They too have free parking, but nothing by comparison to the lights or entertainment of Brookside. But to be fair the MD show has been ongoing for a much longer time. Living on the other side of the Sound from the Bellevue show, we had been interested in something around here. Much to our delight, the Port of Kingston, the area around the Kingston ferry terminal, is decorated up in lights for over a month, has more than ample parking, free at night when the lights are on, and viewing at no charge. Plus the lights are on from dusk to dawn! Not a bad deal in my estimation. There are other locations nearby, but none as nice. We may just need to do some sleuthing to see what may be available in the greater Kitsap Peninsula; who knows, there may be some real treasures to be discovered. Today's shot was taken two days ago in between rain squalls at the port. Back in the heyday of film cameras, one of the favorite specialty filters was called a star filter. It was a piece if glass with, for lack of a better description, over lapping leaves of glass, much like a leaf shutter. It created streaks of light such that a point source of light would look like a star burst. You could get them with 3, 4, 5, 6, or more leaves to make stars with that many points. Today you can do that after the fact with software and that's what I did with the image I'm sharing. It should have been a quick and simple thing to do, but for some reason the plug-in didn't want to cooperate, so what should have taken maybe 3 minutes at most took almost 30. Some days the dragon wins. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/4 sec @ f / 5.6.