Friday, January 9, 2015

Winter Walk of Lights

We went to a "Winter Walk of Lights" at a nearby garden one day last week, and it was beautiful! My photos don't do it justice at all. Unfortunately, it was bitterly cold the night we decided to go, and I could barely hold my camera steady, much less get perfect shots. I was just trying to see as much as I could before the cold forced me to walk back up to the visitor center.

Anyway, the lights! It was truly spectacular to see all the trees along the garden path aglow. It might be hard to tell from these photos, but the lights were wound up the trees really high (one person guessed 40 feet, and I'd say they probably weren't far off). It takes the staff and volunteers three months to set it all up! I didn't even get a chance to see it all because my fingers and toes turned into stinging icicles, and I had to skip some portions.

I hope we can go back next year, possibly armed with better gloves and an extra pair of socks, and I can take more of the photos I wanted to take this time. A couple of the displays changed colors and shapes, and I would've loved to have taken more photos to make gifs or even made a short video, but that just wasn't happening on this visit. Maybe the universe will be kind and grant us a warm night in December next year. :)

Looking back through these photos, I'm really glad we went despite it all. Maybe it's because I was obsessed with my Lite-Brite as a little kid, but something about colorful lights against the night sky fills me with so much happy. xo, Mary


  1. Lite-Brites! I had one of those, too, and I LOVED it. I played with mine all the time, haha. Anyway, this looks amazing! I'm planning to post some of my photos from "Christmas at the Zoo" sometime soon. The experience was just as magical as yours sounded, even down to the cold temperatures! (We left early, too, because it was so chilly.) Stuff like this really lifts your spirits, though, especially in the dead of winter. Thanks for sharing these!

  2. Wow so much pretty! I love lights in the winter, too. :)

    <3 Kelsea | Kels Shark

  3. Your photos turned out great! And I love gif :)
    I loved my little Lite-Brite too! These trees really do resemble them. Love the bokeh too.

  4. How did you do the flashing stars photo that appears animated? I love seeing colored lights and your photos capture them so well. What part of the country were you in? Can I ask what camera you used because they are so well in focus for night shots.