This week, Mosaic Moments is presenting a double photo essay for the holidays: the launch of Orion, our hope for the next great step in space exploration, and holiday photos from the Festival of Trees at the Orlando Museum of Art.
I'd also like to mention that although Scrooge still lives in some hearts, this year there seems to be a rise in the number of Secret Angels roaming our land. More tales of people paying for other people's meals in restaurants and drive-thrus. And most recently, an amazing surge of anonymous donors paying off huge sums for people who bought Christmas presents on Lay-away. The amounts reported on the TV news range from $10,000 to $65,000, the incidents occurring all over the country. (And the TV reporters seeming to love every moment of filming moms with tears rolling down their cheeks.) And then there are all those people who rushed out and bought extra toys to make up for a shortfall this week in our local Toys for Tots program. (The demand was higher this year & the shelves already empty.)
So take heart - the world has not yet imploded, the spirit of Christmas still lives. (Though I fear we've all had our doubts, this year more than most.)
THE LAUNCH OF ORION
ORION - the first baby step in the road of manned flight to Mars. All photos are screen shots from Orlando's Channel 9 live presentation of the lift-off. No "live" from my driveway this time, as there was heavy cloud cover between here and the coast.
|Comparison of rockets - Orion piggy-backed on a Delta IV|
|Orion & gantries at 7:00 a.m.|
|Ready . . .|
|Set . . .|
FESTIVAL OF TREES - The Orlando Museum of Art
The grandchildren's favorites - Gingerbread Creations
|Classic Gingerbread House|
|The family favorite - a pirate ship|
|I didn't ask that darling to pose. Really!|
|One of several gorgeous tablesettings being raffled for this annual fundraising event|
|How about a wreath that's a bit different?|
|Or maybe this one? I believe that price tag reads a mere $425!|
|Trimmed with Toys|
|Christmas Tree Re-think|
|Do you think the bulldozer migrated from the Toy Tree? I suspect a practical joker somewhere about.|
|Soloists with the Citrus Singers, who were performing at the Museum|
|Carolers at the Museum|
|Three remarkable Menorahs|
|Hmm - a tree wearing a headdress|
And farewell to another wonderful afternoon at the Festival of Trees at the Orlando Museum of Art.
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