The Great Pumpkin Ball & Gardens of Light

If you’ve been around here for the last few years, this post might not be anything new to you. However, there is always a little bit of different to these festivals every year.

Every year in Montreal Botanical Gardens are two simultaneous exhibits: The Great Pumpkin Ball in the greenhouse and Gardens of Light in the Chinese Garden made up of lanterns and the Japanese Garden with a full on lights show. While the Japanese Garden doesn’t change too much, the theme of the lanterns in the Chinese Garden change every year. This year was all about the Imperial Court meaning the emperor and Forbidden City.

Let me take you on a lovely tour!

The Great Pumpkin Ball

Gardens of Light – Chinese Gardens

This year the Chinese Gardens are going through some revamping so there is somewhat of changes of the placements of the lanterns and the route itself. However, it is still pretty impressive.

Gardens of Light – Japanese Gardens

If you want some of the more general flowers and close-ups (aka more artsy shots), please head over to my photography blog, Avenue of Daydreams. They will be coming up shortly once I get all the pics shorted.

That’s it for Gardens of Light and The Great Pumpkin Ball!
I went with my mom and it was tons of fun! 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction

For this photo challenge, show us what “refraction” means to you. It could be an image taken in a reflective surface, it could be light bent from behind an object, or it could mean remedial math homework: the choice is completely up to you. I’m looking forward to seeing how you interpret “refraction.”- The Daily Post

Seeing as I never got that post up on the Lantern Festival/Garden of Lights at Botanical Gardens.  I will continue to use those pictures for this challenge 🙂

Botanical Gardens

Japanese Pavillon

Botanical Gardens

Japanese Pavillion

Botanical Gardens

Japanese Pavillion

Botanical Gardens

Water Garden

Botanical Gardens

The Great Pumpkin Ball

My guess is that the first one portrays refraction the best but then if its off a reflective surface well, all of these have some form of reflection and diverting light in some extent 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy

This week, we’d like to see an image that looks dreamy to you. A photo of a place you often visit in dreams. A snapshot of your dreamy boy- or girlfriend. A scene that looks a bit out-of-this world. Take us on a flight of fancy!-The Daily Post

On Tuesday night, one of my girl friends asked me to go with her to go see the Lantern Festival in Botanical Gardens.  This year the entire event is called Garden of Lights.  I had gone two years ago and rumor has it that this year is captivatingly beautiful.  We both headed over after work and got there a little before it was completely dark.

I will have a full post on this after I sort through more of the pictures but I did go to this event looking for dreamy pictures for this challenge 🙂

Botanical Gardens

Walkway going into the main Chinese Gardens

Botanical Gardens

Walkways in the Chinese Garden

Botanical Gardens

Botancial Gardens

Lanterns on the water

Botanical Gardens

A full view of the main feature

Botanical Gardens

One of the walkways

Dreamy is something that is obscure and mysterious, maybe a little dark and lots of contrast.  Something unreal and out of the ordinary.  This captures how I felt in the Gardens.  It was a beautiful, mysterious but so mystifying experience. It was definitely nicer than the last time 🙂

What does dreamy mean to you?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime

It’s trickier to take pictures at night, but the rewards are well worth it…What nocturnal photos do you like taking? Whether it’s a starry sky, a street lamp, or the shadows cast by your cat, share them with us. Your shot can be outdoors or indoors, blurry or crisp, overexposed or ominously dark. As every owl (and night owl) knows, nighttime is when the real action starts. – The Daily Post

Montreal is a party city which means there are tons of night owls hanging about. With that, there are a lot of night activities.  A few always are at night, in February there’s the Montreal Festival des Lumieres (aka Festival of Lights).  In October, we have the Lantern Festival (with an eerie Evening Walking in Japanese Pavillion).  For the last few years, I even ventured to Upper Canada Village in Ontario for the Pumpkinfest.  So many events at night and I’m still looking for more 😉

This year, I have a few night festivals in mind along with revisiting the Lantern Festival as October plans.

Are you a night owl? Do you like to take pictures at night? What activites happen after dark in where you live?