A Successful Plan

I had a chance to get and shot last night at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square PA. Per Wikipedia, “Longwood Gardens is one of the premier botanical gardens in the US.” Needless to say, it’s a great spot for photographers, not to mention they are tripod friendly!



Every year the garden hosts a 4th of July fireworks display situated above their five-acre fountain garden. The fountains combine technology and old world design to create a unique display of light, color, and water - then they add in the fireworks choreographed to music and it’s a thing of beauty.


This show is a popular ticket and people begin setting up their chairs and blankets in the viewing area hours in advance to get the best possible view.


So right about now, I’ll bet you’re wondering why am I describing the fountains when this shot has nothing to do with that. Well, contraire monfrair!


Ok so, this year the gardens is not only hosting the fireworks show but they also have one of the coolest exhibits that I’ve ever seen. The display was developed by Bruce Munro who is an artist from the UK that uses lights to create spectacular works of art.


I believe there are 6 or 7 different exhibits spread throughout the park. This particular dispay is called the Water Towers which is a collection of 69 symmetric towers that create a glowing maze of lights that changes hues to music.


I had strategized in advance to shoot this area during blue hour, which happened to coincide with the fireworks display. Since everyones attention was on the fireworks show, I had this exhibit all to myself....heck, I had the entire park to myself! It's not often that one of my plans comes to fruition but this time things worked out in my favor...Happy 4th of July all!!!

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Taken on July 3, 2012