GardenFest of Lights 2013

Lewis Ginter is a rotating bucket of natural fun!

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Each year, they deck the grounds in lights and stay open after dark so that folks can stroll around and Ooh and Aah at the sparkling splendor. I haven’t been in several years but thought this year was as good as any to head over and snap some festive light shots.

I arrived early so I could scope the place out before it got crowded and ended up catching the sunset. But I’m getting a little ahead of myself.

I checked out the conservatory first. One wing was decorated with cute little woodland creatures (and some cactus, an odd combination, but I’m not complaining).

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And another had train tracks set up with little miniatures (and a big, gorgeous tree!)

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After the conservatory, I started meandering around the grounds, catching the last bright rays of the sun.

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Once the sun went down, the lights started to come on. I played with the settings on my camera for a bit waiting for it to get a bit darker.

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Finally, it got dark enough to really start seeing some contrast. The next three sets are comparing right after the sunset to about 20 minutes later.

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And now…the lights!

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