Friday, February 04, 2011

Groovy


It’s common for botanical gardens to have outdoor light displays during the holidays, but a light show during the gloomy days of February? What a great idea! Night Lights, the current show at the Buffalo Botanical Gardens was inspired by The Heron, a park used for a variety of purposes in nearby Chautauqua County, which does an outdoor light show and uses the same company, Volt Vision.


Somewhat virtuously, my husband and I walked the 3k ring road before we entered the dome; it was a brisk 10 degrees or so, and we saw a lot of hungry deer in the spookily quiet park.


Inside, the highlight is undoubtedly the tropical rainforest/fern house, where a thundering tiki waterfall is brilliantly lit in series of lurid colors—but I was also fascinated with how individual plants would change color under the LED wash fixtures, as you see in these images. As we left, the shutterbugs were pouring in—most equipped with serious SLRS and tripods. Actually I think I got some decent shots with the iphone—I stitched them together to show how the fixtures lit the plants.


Has your botanical garden ever done anything like this?

7 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

No botanical garden here. I think it would be a fun display to see. All that color the mostly colorless winter months.

Shyrlene said...

Awesome shots! I'm embarrassed to say I haven't been to the Chicago Botanical Gardens --- I'm sheepish.

Layanee said...

I haven't heard of the regional botanical gardens doing a light show but what a great idea. Your shots are good with a phone. The shot of the dome is great.

Dave Bernin said...

My wife and I were ther many years ago.. You have inspired us to return

Patrick's Garden said...

I think bssed on the quality of the production, they may package this up for a regional or national tour. Would be nice.

Muhammad khabbab said...

Fantastic colors.

EAL said...

Shyrlene, the Chicago Botanic Gardens is fantastic--you also have the Lurie Gardens and 2 big conservatories--Lincoln and I forget the other one. An embarrassment of riches in your city.