Winter Lights

While in Asheville, NC, my husband and I attended “Winter Lights” at the North Carolina Arboretum.  It was spectacular!

Even from the parking lot, we were mesmerized by the beautiful light-wrapped trees. Tons of them.

Winter Lights. Ellen Lindner,

And when I say these trees were wrapped, I mean they were REALLY wrapped!

Winter Lights. Ellen Lindner,

Can you even imagine how many lights are on that one blue tree, above?  I can’t.

The display took good advantage of the many trees, but there were also some very beautiful fake ones.  These slowly changed colors, so  I had to take about six pictures of them.

Winter Lights. Ellen Lindner,

Trees were also used to show off other items.  Like several beautiful chandeliers.  They changed colors, as well. Very cool, right?

Winter Lights. Ellen Lindner,

These more subtle colored cones were one of my favorite things.  They were made with translucent plastic wrapped around a single bulb and “planted” in the ground. (I want them in my yard.)

Winter Lights. Ellen Lindner,

Check out these 4 blue sculptures.  As you  might guess, they also changed colors.

Winter Lights. Ellen Lindner,

Here’s a detail shot.  Can you tell what they’re made of?

Winter Lights. Ellen Lindner,

That’s right, bottles of water.  A light in the center illuminates them.

I’ve only shown you a sampling of the many displays that made up this exhibit.  If you’re in the area during winter I encourage you to check it out for yourself.  (But bundle up, as this Floridian did.)

Ellen Lindner


9 Responses to Winter Lights

  1. Andrea Luliak December 6, 2017 at 9:28 am #

    I’ve been to the Arboretum in the summer but never during the Christmas season; how very beautiful and innovative! Thanks for the trip through the display, your pix are wonderful.

    • Ellen Lindner December 9, 2017 at 10:52 am #

      Glad you enjoyed them, Andrea. I’ve only been to the arboretum at night, so I definitely need to go there on a spring day!

  2. Kristin F December 6, 2017 at 10:53 am #

    Very cool exhibit! I’ve been there but it was during the day. A friend and I took a hike on one of the trails. They have a very nice bonsai collection too.

    • Ellen Lindner December 6, 2017 at 11:37 am #

      I’ve been there twice, but both times were at night. I’d definitely like to go back during the day (but maybe not in December.)

  3. Ingrid Bischoff December 6, 2017 at 11:08 am #

    How beautiful! Thank you for sharing and yes I want the cone lights too!

    • Ellen Lindner December 6, 2017 at 11:39 am #

      Aren’t those cone lights cool?

  4. Dij December 6, 2017 at 2:38 pm #

    Wow! Jo-Ann’s description didn’t even begin to describe the magnificence of this display. Thanks for sharing your pictures!

  5. cindy michaud December 6, 2017 at 6:01 pm #

    Making a Christmas weekend soon to Asheville for a concert and to see the Biltmore Christmas decor…hope to fit in the light festival as well but your photos are great….the arboretum is one of my favorite places in that area.

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