Lights, Camera…….


IMG_3560IMG_3565IMG_3551IMG_3546IMG_3534IMG_3538 IMG_3539IMG_3563IMG_3537….. Action last night at the Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh, thanks to the ‘Night in the Garden’ light installation devised by Napier University with support from the Scottish Funding Council. The purpose of the display is partly to highlight much of the work the Garden does in conservation, being one of the few places in the city where you can get a sense of true darkness. Although a light trail, ‘what goes with that is darkness, and it’s about giving people a chance to experience that. It’s about dark, it’s about light, it’s about shadow and it’s about revealing these things that ambient light washes away…..’ A fascinating experience and not surprisingly a sell-out….

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22 Responses to Lights, Camera…….

  1. Chloris says:

    What fun. You are lucky to have seen it. And how nice to be in .

  2. johnvic8 says:

    Lovely lighting. Glad you could have seen it.

  3. AnnetteM says:

    I bet that was beautiful. I really like the lit up tree trunk. So you have been up to our part of the world? I hope it wasn’t too wet for you? Mind you I have been down in the New Forest and it rained most of the time! They do an Enchanted Forest out at Crathes Castle near us – I wish I had some children to take.

    • Cathy says:

      It was indeed beautiful, Annette – and no rain up until now. The Edinburgh light were more adult orientated – we certainly didn’t need children with us to enjoy it although the Golfer is colour blind and missed out a bit 😉

  4. Cathy says:

    Just beautiful – but that botanic garden is beautiful no matter what it does. This is a tad on the spectacular side. Thanks for letting those not in the same part of the world catch a glimpse!

  5. How wonderful! I’ve been to the Botanic Gardens before, on several occasions, but never in the dark. What a fantastic spectacle! It reminds me of a display we saw when last in Edinburgh, in (I think!) St. Andrews square. Maybe that was a trial run! Your opening picture gave away your location, straight away. A view etched on my mind that always stirs me! Hope you enjoy your stay. I’m making a flying visit next weekend, too.

    • Cathy says:

      I hoped people who knew Edinburgh would recognise that first picture! Have you got family up here? This is here I was born and we are meeting here for a family get-together

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Oh wow! That is fabulous and your photos are terrific. I love the Botanic Gardens and practically spent my childhood there, passing through twice a day on my way to and from school. Thanks for bringing back those happy memories 🙂 Elizabeth

  7. rickii says:

    Christmas light shows are big around here, but they consist of thousands of strings of lights. Impressive in their way, but nothing so creative and show-stopping as what you show here.

    • Cathy says:

      This wasn’t designed as a Christmas spectacle rickii and was more of an art installation, so that will be where the difference lies. It was indeed very classy 🙂

  8. igardendaily says:

    Love how the light is used…not just tons of twinkles everywhere you look. I bet the contrast (in real life) is amazing! Love the second and last photos in particular.

  9. I’m very moved by this. Very moved not only by the beauty of it, but by the idea which gave birth to it–that of seeing the night sky without ambient light. To be truly moved and touched by the mystery of the stars and of the universe. Thank you for sharing this Cathy. Susie at life-change-compost.

  10. Shirley says:

    Hi Cathy, thanks for sharing your visit with great images. This garden is a relative, regular haunt of mine during the day and we had seen cables lights etc in prep for this event on a recent visit. I had no doubt it would have been both tasteful and successful. Art installations at RBGE have always been special. Enjoy your family get together 😀

  11. Anna says:

    Oh that looks as if it must have been a brilliant experience Cathy. Spookily enough I was watching a programme on Thursday afternoon in which Christine Walkden visited the Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. Hope that you are enjoying your early Christmas family celebrations if that ‘s the reason for your visit north of the border.

  12. Looks like fun! Enjoy your time in Edinburgh.

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