Just because you’re a pre-conversion Grinch who doesn’t have a single decoration up at your house or even one Christmas card in the outbound mail doesn’t mean that you’re immune to the magic of the Festival of Lights.
Despite the fact that we are skipping Christmas this year, Megan and I were looking forward to the Festival of Lights at the Botanical Gardens. Even though we arrived on the early side, the regular parking lot was already full and we had to settle for the overflow parking lot next door. Fortunately for us, the overflow lot was close to the entrance for those of us with prepaid tickets, so it all worked out well.
Once inside, we were delighted by a dragon, flamingoes, and other exotic creatures:
Somehow, the windswept cypress trees reminded me of the giraffes’ native Africa:
The jellyfish seem to float in the air:
I loved the dramatic lighting on the succulent garden:
The erupting volcano was complete with smoke:
The sailing ship was complete with whale tail:
It was a magical, glittering evening.
A YEAR AGO: Surviving the office Christmas party.
FIVE YEARS AGO: A surprise birthday for Jarrett.
TEN YEARS AGO: A Christmas memory.