I celebrated bonfire night by going to ‘Illuminate the Gardens‘ at Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens on sunday night, and enjoyed a lazer show and firework display.
The gardens were beautifully lit, with a large number of colourful lights strategically placed at the bottom of many of the large plants and trees, to highlight and emphasise their branches from underneath.
I managed to take a couple of photos and videos on my phone although they don’t do the event justice!
I’ve always admired the beauty of trees and have tried my hand at botanical illustration before, but seeing them lit up in this way really did enhance their form and made me look at them in a whole new light.
The way the lights hit the underside of the branches made them cast spectacular shadows on the rest of the tree and illuminated the entire underside of the canopy – they gave a real sense of depth.
I’m not normally one for artificial things regarding plants, especially when I see dyed flowers in supermarkets, I can’t help but think of the phrase, ‘guilding the lily’, however, the lights were only a temporary and fun display in the gardens, and really did make me pay more attention to the structure of the branches. It was mesmerising!