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An Awesome Lightscape

Ellen Levitt

Posted on November 28, 2021 04:46

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We walked the beautiful nighttime Lightscape at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

My favorite place in my hometown of Brooklyn, New York is the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Since my early childhood, I've loved visiting here, at any time of year. I've amassed many wonderful (and some odd) memories here over the years. 

The latest thing to see here is the Lightscape, a nighttime, winter season attraction in which various colored lights, set in various patterns and accompanied by musical pieces, are displayed throughout the garden.

My husband, daughters and I walked this spectacle late on a Saturday afternoon, in a little over an hour's time. It was so enjoyable. At times my daughters remarked that it reminded them of strolling through Disneyworld at dusk, with all the lights and the musical accompaniment.

This kind of thing could be gimmicky and at times, this happened here too. But sometimes as I strolled the paths, I would stop and gaze in awe at a few trees, bathed in colors that changed every minute or so. Unless you are very jaded, this kind of thing can touch you, whatever your age and persuasion. 

The night we selected was chilly but otherwise the weather was pleasant. As we ambled about, we occasionally heard street noise from outside, but it was almost as if we were in an amusement park, plopped down in the middle of the city. That was also an enjoyable aspect of this.

Ostensibly this is a holiday show, but the music was rather secular (jazzy takes on parts of The Nutcracker, for example) and the lights were abstract.

The two most extensive and wow-factor displays were a canopy of lights near the Flatbush Avenue side of the park, and a field of moving lights where the Cherry Blossom trees are located. These were fun, and of course many visitors were taking photos here.

The problem is if you rush through these displays, or if you only view them as far as photographic opportunities. We didn't rush, and we observed certain parts at length and really tried to see and feel them.

Another charm of this Lightscape was seeing the familiar garden at night, dressed up in fancy "clothing." We are so used to seeing the "BBG" by daylight, so this was a real treat. 

This is something to think about at length: seeing or experiencing familiar things in an unusual, atypical "light." We literally saw a place with which we are deeply familiar, but with new-fangled accessories. And it was a lot of fun.

A woman I know went with her family this same evening but later than we did. I found out because she posted photos of her trip on Facebook. (I posted one photo as well, on my page.) We compared our experiences as well.

This was also a special treat because both my daughters were at home for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. They were glad that we went.

Where else would I like to see a Lightscape set up? At the beach? In a park? Wow.

Ellen Levitt

Posted on November 28, 2021 04:46

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