For the stacked-books effect, most sites warn that it will take more books than you think it will. Luckily, in our house, enough books is not even a little bit of a problem. Notice the still-full floor-to-ceiling bookcase behind the tree. That's not the only still-full large bookcase in the house, either.
(click to enlarge) I have no idea how many books we actually ended up using, but much of the inside of the tree is filled with books as well, to give it support. I was relieved to discover that a book I wanted to lend to a friend was one of those not in the tree, so I didn't have to a) find it in the spines-inward tree, or b) figure out how to extract it.
I'm not looking forward to the post holiday season when I will have to dismantle the tree and put away all of the books exactly where they belong (when you own this many books, they don't go on shelves willy-nilly, or you'd never find them), but for now I can enjoy my tree made of very processed trees.
That's not an ice rink. I think it's the top of my car. Tops of cars make for good makeshift tripods in a pinch. This is the last of my series of 36 Views of South Waterfront. Maybe I'll start another series of 36 Views of something else someday. I'll add it to my never-ending to do list.
Turns out the new captain on 21 Jump Street as of episode 8 or so is Mr. X from The X-Files. Can't figure out how that's related? Read this post. It just so happens that the last time I was catching up on old episodes of 21 Jump Street was also the last time I posted images in this series. Go figure.