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Monday, 13 July 2009 22:36

Photo of lights on kite strings tracing patterns in timeHave you ever daydreamed about sending lights into the sky to watch the effect?  The folks at Kitty Hawk Kites share that dream in a holiday treat for the Outer Banks!  Every year, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the company rigs the leads of their biggest kites with strings of Christmas lights.  They haul the kites and several portable power generators to the top of the east coast's tallest sand dune, Jockey's Ridge.  As the sun goes down, they turn on the lights, and let the kites elevate them for a dance in the sky.  The wind and clever kite handlers choreograph the movement high over Nags Head, NC.  Bundled up against the November wind, residents and visitors climb the dune, or watch from parking lots or from the side of Routes 158 and 12, enjoying the holiday spectacular, Outer Banks style.

While fun to watch in real time, further magic is revealed when you can witness the patterns the lights make over time.  This photo was made with a camera held steady on a tripod, and the image exposed for 15 seconds.  Each bulb from the string of the Christmas lights on four kite leads traced its web-like path during the 15 second exposure, allowing us to see how them moved.

More info about this image can be found here.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 August 2010 23:40
 
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