Take this garden display, for instance. A neighbor wrapped twinkle lights around his agave plants, which right now have spectacular bloom spires rising up from their spiky bases:
Don't they look handsome?
Silhouetted against the evening sky, the 12-foot spires look especially dramatic:
Another neighbor draped her life-size cow statue (a year-round fixture in her front yard) in a blanket of twinkle lights, and added a big red bow around her neck. And check it out--the cow is wearing leggings--polka-dot leggings!:
Holiday decorations pop up in unexpected places. Yesterday I hiked the local canyon with Pao, and I noticed a single Christmas ornament hanging in the branches of a bare bush:
The ornament was hand-painted with "Jim 2011" on it. I have no idea what the story is, but I loved the whimsy of finding a single ornament where it's least expected:
And stopping to snap a picture of the ornament, I also got to fully enjoy the view:
The very best kind of holiday decorating, courtesy of Mother Nature. Happy Holidays, my friends!