Friday, December 9, 2011

Foto Friday - The Holiday Season, Victorian style

Here ye, here ye, grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and stroll along with me . . .
as we wander through the Holiday season with a little Victorian style.
One of the things I love about the island of Galveston is that it's so full of Victorian architecture,
  and this weekend there was a hustle and bustle of people during it's 38th annual festival called
'Dickens on the Strand'. It's a festival celebrating the times of Charles Dickens,
where the Victorian era of the 19th century comes to life. And come to life it did! 

For an entire weekend there were gorgeous Ladies, and handsome Lords meandering through
 streets while store vendors in period clothing were rolling their carts and peddling their wares.
There were magicians, acrobats and jugglers, and carolers on street corners.
And the merriment of the Christmas holiday was everywhere as bagpipers and street musicians
strolled through the crowds playing music from the Victorian era. There were also costume and whisker contests, parades, and Victorian bed races. But of course no festival would be complete without funnel cake and turkey legs, and that would be Texas style!!

I took far too many pictures so I made a few collages to give you a better flavor of the day. 
I'm already looking forward to this next year, only next time I just may be dressed up too!

There were chimney sweepers . . .   and all I had to do was put my camera to my eye and if someone spied me, they were poking each other to strike a pose - Loved these guys!

There were high necklines, and low necklines!

Your eyes do not deceive you, yes that is snow, real snow only made by a machine  . . . and snowball fights ensued until it disappeared! That girl in the green dress was soaking wet, and having a ball!

And hats of all shapes and sizes.

{Sharing this with Photo Art Friday}
Yep more fun with smudge and hexagon pixels to give it the feel of an impressionistic painting.

{Sharing with Shoot, Edit, Submit}
And this woman really stood out in the crowd, just so beautiful and she kindly stopped to let several of us photograph her. Of course I love her dress - it's PINK!

There was a little bit of everything, a foxtail and some steampunk, well quite a bit of steampunk . . .

Oh yes . . . and who doesn't love a Jack Sparrow, just not sure what he has to do with Dickens?

More snow, I mean soap bubbles. When you live in Texas they get really creative to set the mood.
I mean what's a Christmas parade without snow bubbles right? Haha, yes it's okay to laugh!!

Pickwick's lanternlight parade . . . and incredible bagpipers!

And when we were walking back to the car, here was this absolute darling playing Christmas tunes
and his little brother happily managing his lute! ; )

And the very last stop before we walked out of the gate, was this precious. A young camel . . .
and are they ever soft and sweet. My daughter and I rubbed his head and he literally melted!
. . . and so did I!

Not sure about you but I need another cup of coffee, hope you enjoyed our stroll!

Have a fabulous weekend friends!!
Love, Kim

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hannah said...

I really enjoyed this outing. What a wonderful atmosphere. So nicely presented, Kim.

em said...

What fun! ...and snow bubbles sound fun! I love what you did for the photo art photo!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful and very interesting photos Kim!

Have a great weekend:)

the hollie rogue said...

oh love so many things about this post--the camel, the soaking wet girl, the 'hot' snow! that is one! thanks for linking up

Ida said...

Oh my gosh these were just fabulous! I loved all of them.
Got to admit that Camel at the end sort of stole my heart too!

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Looks like such an incredible event. It reminded me of Dickensian evening that would take place in the small village where I used to live in the UK. Everyone would dress up in period costumes and there would be a pig roast and carolers . . . . aaah happy christmas memories. Absolutely melted over the camel photo. Almost makes me want one for Christmas. :0)

Deanna said...

These are absolutely wonderful. My brother, sister-in-law and grand-kids would all don those special Victorian duds each year and participate in this fun before they moved. I loved each and every pic, but I have to agree the lady in pic is quite beautiful. Love the camel shot, how sweet...well I just loved them all.

Birgitta said...

I like your Victorian style! Wonderful work and photos!

Carole Meisenhelter said...

OH my; such a fabulous group of photos; a wonderful photographic journey to enjoy from afar. Thank you for sharing here; well done! The final pic; it's a moose I think?? Made me smile, it was all tuckered out from the fair??

Marilyn said...

What a fun event! And they really do go all out. That darling camel must have been worn out from all the festivities.
Thanks for letting us see all the fun. Your collages are great!

Pat said...

I love the camel!

Saun said...

Thanks for taking us along. Love the camel :)

DaenelT said...

Omg! How much fun was that?! And, yes, that lady is stunning. Love the "impressionist" photograph ~ fabulous!

lisa said...

How much fun this must have been Kim, and your photographs of it are wonderful.
Have a fantastic weekend!

Alice said...

what an awesome day you had! i love the camel's face - so dreamy and content :)

Kathy said...

Okay NO WAY would I think these photos were taken in TEXAS!!!! In my mind, I just don't equate Texas with Victorian...but you have proven my thinking is wrong. I just LOVE the bubbles/snow shot. Who would have thought to use bubbles??? Fantastic! So, how many photos did you wind up taking? Haha...I only ask because I know how many "I" would have taken! lol.


Pieces of Sunshine said...

That was just wonderful......
Your Shoot.Edit.Submit photo/person is breathtakingly beautiful!
Thoroughly enjoyed my visit.

kareninkenai said...

Kim, what a fabulous photo op... and, just beautiful images. A treat to the eye. Thank you so very much for posting. Beautiful. karen (visiting from PAF)

Pieni Lintu said...

Cool costumes! :)

Oh...Jack Sparrows.... :P

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Did you fly to Merry Old England for these photos, Kim? I swear they look like it! Just wonderful, my friend. Well done! :)b

Terrie said...

What a fun event to share with us! Great shots and some gorgeous hats!

Linda Trine said...

love the creative processing on your image.....looks like a fun event! Love the hats!

Rosie said...

What fun! We have a Victorian-themed Christmas market in Tavistock every year - if you want to sell, you have to dress up!!
Thanks for the wonder through your world - so very enjoyable, and isn't that lady in pink pretty? Wow!

Branson said...

How incredibly fun!! I love all the photos! I wish we had something like this nearby! :)

Bonnie said...

Well - I truly feel transported back to another time and place. Pure magic Kim!! Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful images with PAF. Love your impressionist painting edit!

Marvett Smith said...

Oh my. This looks like so much fun. Love your images! I'm glad you took so many! :)

Lori said...

These are awesome, I really enjoyed these!


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