Garden d’Lights 2013 Evening Meetup - 3 photo upload limit

Please read my comments below regarding the weather forecast for Sunday and Monday.


"The enormously popular Garden d’Lights festival features over ½ million lights which transform the Bellevue Botanical Garden into a blossoming winter wonderland. Over 150,000 people enjoy this dazzling display each December!"

"ABOUT THE DISPLAY
Inspired by plants found in Northwest gardens and gardens around the world, hundreds of volunteers have been busy making new creations. New this year is the cutest bear you've ever seen! Honey Bear joins Snap d'Dragon and a list of over 30 “critters” including Charlotte in her web and Willie the Slug. You won’t want to miss the “Aquarium in Lights” in the Visitor Center with the pulsing jellyfish and our own octopus, or the gorgeous pond and border display on the main lawn. This year will be an exciting adventure for all ages. Plan now to attend!

HOW IT HAPPENS
Thousands of volunteer hours have gone into another fantastic light show. Many, many thanks to all of you who have helped and are still helping! Interested in learning the secrets of these flower creations? Join our Garden d'Lights volunteer program."

Monday December 2 is the first free night offered to the community.  We will meet at the main entrance.

More information - http://www.gardendlights.org/


Here's a sneak peek into what you can expect to see, this year.

Garden d'Lights 2013

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  • Joe D.

    I showed up for this event because my sister told me about it, then she bailed due to the hail storm in West Seattle. Showed up at 5:30 and stayed till sometime around 9:30pm (they were turning out the lights when I left). It was great! Met a few of you there, but I didn't know when it was supposed to start thus showed up way early. Toted around a heavy studio type tripod the whole time and a hand held golf umbrella over it during about 1.5 hours of rain. Tripods are no problem, and actually a must for many types of shots.

    One tip: dress very warmly. Wool socks, insulated boots, gloves, hand warmers etc. It's an all volunteer display, so if you can afford to donate the $5 they ask for please do even on a free night; they've earned it.

    December 3, 2013

  • Dorrena O.

    The weather cleared up! I know, hard to believe but it did. It was pretty clear and the lights were gorgeous. It was good to see several photographers made it. I'm looking forward to seeing your photos. Feel free to include a public link to your other photos. Just post it on one of your photos you upload. Thanks for sharing your photos with all of us.

    2 · December 2, 2013

    • Heather D

      I wasn't feeling well, otherwise would have been there. Glad it turned out nice

      December 2, 2013

    • Adrian N

      Yeah, glad I waited for the rain to stop. :)

      December 2, 2013

  • Julie N.

    I'm here and it's beautiful. Stopped raining just after 7.

    December 2, 2013

  • Manee D.

    Oh darn! Due to the rain, I can't make it. I was looking forward for this event all day!
    Sadly so.. :(

    December 2, 2013

  • Tony C.

    If the pouring down rain (and it was significant, believe me) and hail keeps you away and you chose to go out on your own later - here a protip: go as early as you can - at five, as soon as they open. The fading light of the sunset (at about 4:30) looks fantastic with some of the west facing displays.

    1 · December 2, 2013

  • Dorrena O.

    Reminder --- Keep an eye on the weather. If it looks like snow will be a problem for any of you, don't risk getting stuck for a few photos. Stay home. So, it's your call. I'll be doing the same. Hopefully, the weather will hold out for us for one night. Keep your fingers crossed.

    December 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Something came up last minute so can't make it now anyway. With weather might be best with my tires. Have fun.

      December 2, 2013

    • Lynn D.

      I was all packed up and set to go, but a mix of freezing rain and ice falling from the sky in West Seattle has given me pause. I'm bailing!

      December 2, 2013

  • Donna

    My presentation at school was pushed forward to tomorrow so I'm being good and staying home tonight. I'm going to try for one of the other free nights though. Looks fantastic!

    December 2, 2013

  • linda

    How many guests can we bring?

    November 29, 2013

    • Dorrena O.

      As many as you want. ;-)

      November 29, 2013

  • Amber

    Still planning to go, but will probably get there late. I have a class in Seattle until 7pm on Monday.

    November 29, 2013

  • Dorrena O.

    Hi everyone! It's good to see so many enthusiastic photographers interested in see this display. Komo weather: "Sunday is signaling a big change. First off, our mountain passes could be a bit problematic as snow levels will drop. It's best if you can cross the passes early in the day or Saturday, is possible. Heavy mountain snow is a reality -- just how much is left to be determined.

    By Monday there will be enough cold air to drop snow levels to the surface -- and that means the chance of lowland snow. Again, hard to pinpoint how much and where right now, but we do know that there's a significant change come the beginning of December."
    http://www.komonews.com/weather/

    November 27, 2013

    • Dorrena O.

      In the event the weather becomes a problem on this night, there are other free nights to consider or tickets are only $5 any other night. I will not reschedule this. Instead, due to the duration of this display, I suggest you go when you can before they close. Feel free to post your photos, no matter when you go. Different lighting conditions make for a nice variety of photos. "December 2, 3, 4, 5 and December 9, 10, 11, 12
      Usually all can be accommodated on free nights, but event staff will be present to control the flow of entrants so everyone can have an enjoyable experience. There could be a wait."
      http://www.gardendlig...­

      1 · November 27, 2013

    • Donna

      I'm busing so I'm planning on Monday especially if there's snow! :D

      November 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hoping to make some new photog friends

    November 18, 2013

  • Dorrena O.

    I wanted to give everyone a heads-up on the construction going on at the garden. The display is limited this year due to it. Parking will be down the hill from the display. It's not far but it is uphill on gravel. Think downhill afterward. ;-) Regardless of the on-going construction, the display will be very pretty. It's a one of a kind in this country and well worth visiting each year.

    November 13, 2013

    • Heather D

      I was there a few days ago and there was a trail out of it leading to the playing fields/parking which wasn't too steep but I don't know how well lit up/safe it would be

      November 13, 2013

  • Tony C.

    For those of you who are all "what is this?" - here's one of the displays, a modest one at that:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tonyjcase/8369361996/

    October 23, 2013

  • Mary A.

    Do they allow tripods for this event? I know in general they do, but not sure about special events?

    October 23, 2013

    • Dorrena O.

      This is open to the public as one of the free evenings they offer to the community. Tripods are fine, just keep in mind there will be people walking around admiring the lights along with us. A monopod would be a good option.

      1 · October 23, 2013

    • Tony C.

      When I went last year, not only was there no problem with my tripod, everyone there assumed I was a professional because my tripod was so awesome.

      October 23, 2013

  • Muralee

    I never knew about this event, thank you for sharing, and I will be there surely.

    1 · October 23, 2013

  • Tony C.

    Last year was gorgeous. Hopefully this year will be judt as cool.

    October 23, 2013

  • Heather D

    I was not able to go last year, looking forward to doing this!

    October 23, 2013

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