The Fields and Marshes Are Ablaze with Electronics at Longwood Gardens

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If you do not like things that go bump in the night (namely other people) you might want to avoid "On Light," installations by Bruce Munro at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.  However, if you want to see the fields and marshes transformed by bubbles, bottles, and blocks of plastic lit from within, you need to see Munro's first solo light exhibit outside of his native England.

Most of the paths are outlined by lanterns with candles inside, but they don't light your path--I had a tiny flashlight I used to give me a little confidence as to where my feet were going, but the circular path (and you don't really know that you are going to end up where you started) draws you through fields, across a (mosquito laden) pond, and through clearings scattered with globes and scrambles of light. It was really a relief to get back to the conservatory and the lily pond, which was more brightly illuminated. Even though it was late, there were lots of families with small children and strollers. I'd hate to have to keep track of a small child out in the fields, but the good and bad news is that there are lots of people all over the place, so it would be tough to get lost. Just follow the crowd. And at 9:15, we were treated to the famous lighted fountains, with background music of Ellington-type light jazz.

And in case you are wondering, that is a heron taking off towards a field of light the other side of a pond. Everyone was watching him as he stood like a statue not ten feet away from the path, and as I took the picture, he took off. I wonder what he thought he was heading towards in this unnatural scene!

 

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If I were anywhere near the area, I'd be sure to check it out.  It looks fascinating!

 

September 01, 2012 07:22 PM
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Amazing Wish I was closer.  I think this photo is magical and that folks will want to experience this.

September 01, 2012 07:35 PM
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Carolyn, Looks like a fun display to attend!  Love all the photos you provided!

September 01, 2012 08:02 PM
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I must say, it's one way to get people outdoors at night to see something unlike anything they have seen before!  Plus we got to see the blue moon in full glory (this is when there are 2 full moons in one month)

September 01, 2012 08:15 PM
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Hi Carolyn, Longwood Gardens at night must still be quite a treat. I had so hoped to be able to visit there this summer but thigs didn't work out. Maybe next year. I find these gardens to be the most magnificent I have ever experienced and it is so vast and there is so much to take in. I can't wait to go back and to be able to really focus on the many aspects that make this place so amaziing. The liiy pond outside the Conservatory had things in it I had never seen before. It is hard to imagine that the Longwood treasures could ever be created again.
September 01, 2012 11:56 PM
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William, Yes, we are fortunate to have Longwood so close-by.  The amazing thing is the changes they produce with each season-never duplicating, always creating, and introducing new plants. And seeing the lilies by moonlight made me wonder if they move the little spotlights around to what is in bloom, or if the lilies move themselves into the light, vain little things that they are!

September 02, 2012 05:26 AM
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Carolyn, sounds like you had an interesting visit to Longwood Gardens. The different lights sound very facinating.

September 02, 2012 06:30 AM
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Michael--You could call it an eye-opening experience, or en-lightening!

September 02, 2012 12:58 PM
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Thanks for sharing your photographs.  Longwood Gardens is one of our favorite places.


Have an outstanding week with your camera in hand.


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Roy, Thanks for dropping by.  I love Longwood Gardens and the Borough of Kennett Square with its interesting shops and restaurants!

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