Garden In Lights

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I love Christmas lights.  When I started seeing signs for the light decorations at Annmarie Garden, I put it on my list of hopeful Christmas activities.  My first attempt to visit the Garden was thwarted by a mix-up of dates.  However, when the incoming blizzard postponed my Friday night activities, I decided to make the drive to the bottom of the county to see the lights.
The night was cold but dry.  It was only about 6:30 and the snow was not predicted to start until 9 (which it did).  I smiled as I approached the entrance, lined with white lights.  I drove around a circle, parked, and then walked over to the main building.  After paying my $3 entrance fee and picking up an I Spy sheet, I headed out the back door to start my walk.
Island Luau

Glowing white arches guided visitors down a path lined with florescent flowers and butterflies.  Just past the curve to the right appeared the first of seven scenes: Island Luau.  Three pirates and their treasure around a campfire.  A rowboat named the SS Minnow.  A lazy monkey eating bananas.  A frog beneath a palm tree.
Two seashells introduced the second scene: Undersea Adventure.  A blue dolphin arcing through the trees.  Two gliding sting rays.  A cheerful orange clownfish.
Dino-Land took visitors back to a time when reptiles ruled the Earth.  A long apatosaurus dominating the background.  A caveman and a saber-tooth tiger.  A burning volcano.
The fourth scene varied from the natural setting: Fender Bender!  A stoplight and traffic police patrolling vehicles.
frog prince
  Speeding race cars.
Dancing with Stars was next.  A ruffled flamenco dancer.  Romantic couples.  An upside down break dancer.  A disco man.
Nature returned for the sixth scene: Animal Extravaganza.  Playful panda cubs.  Dashing gazelles.  Stoic mountain goats.
The last scene was one of fantasy: Once Upon a Time.  Two sparring knights.  A prince proposing to his fair princess.  A rearing unicorn.  A wizard and his magic.
My fingers freezing, I was happy to return to the warmth of the main building where I perused the exhibit Glow, a set of artworks based on light and its effects.  A group of girls around middle school age serenaded visitors with Christmas carols.
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flower
flower
Island Luau
Island Luau
frog prince
frog prince
the entrance to the walk
the entrance to the walk
a lazy monkey
a lazy monkey
orangatan
orangatan
crab
crab
jellyfish
jellyfish
scuba diver
scuba diver
octopus
octopus
light ball
light ball
reminder sign
reminder sign
caveman and saber-tooth tiger
caveman and saber-tooth tiger
Dino-Land
Dino-Land
triceratops
triceratops
pteradactyl
pteradactyl
stoplight
stoplight
cars
cars
monster truck
monster truck
flamenco dancer
flamenco dancer
dancing couple
dancing couple
disco time
disco time
giraffe
giraffe
snow leopard
snow leopard
panda family
panda family
meerkats
meerkats
kangaroo
kangaroo
sea monster
sea monster
Shrek?
Shrek?
part of Glow exhibition
part of Glow exhibition
Whitenoise
Whitenoise
Wavelength
Wavelength
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photo by: diisha392