After a long day (140 fitness minutes of the elliptical and kickboxing for my morning workout) and a poor bridge game, I was tired, but when Mom and Angus offered to take me to the opening of the Enchanted Forest lights display at our local zoo park, I jumped at the chance. They always kick it off with a walk through tour only, with no cars allowed. It was a great evening for a change, not too cold. The last time we did it, it was bitterly cold with a high wind chill.
We got to start off with the VIP's grand opening -can you believe this, ONE switch turns the WHOLE site on at once!!
This was the newest display:
Two baby polar bears:
Santa taking off. It was animated, with the reindeer's legs moving which you can't see in a still photo of course :P
Mom always loves her pointsettas, buys a bunch every year :)
There was an animated hockey scene with the goalie having just been scored on. In the background is a continuously moving 'fireworks' display and Noah's ark!
Caught more of the fireworks:
I didn't get a good photo of the animated curling scene -it showed a guy delivering a rock, two sweepers going down to the other end of the rink, and the skip with his broom in the correct position. This was the start:
A close up shows these figures are all rope lights, and well maintained as there were none burned out in spite of these being many years old:
Fairy tree :)
Eagles. We actually have two pair of bald eagles that nest in our city in the summer:
They had the Twelve Days of Christmas, including these Three French Hens :)
Liked the Lords leaping -the skipping ropes moved:
The drummers. I briefly played the drums in a school band and tried a pipe & drum corps, but never performed in either as I was too painfully shy:
A wonderful Nativity Scene:
Got to have more wildlife, after all its in a zoo park :)
Kind of an odd combo:
Proceeds go to:
SIGA is a big sponsor of a lot of things around our city, thanks to their highly popular casinos:
The Indian's arrow on target:
Kitty in a shoe:
This was animated, one squirrel drops a nut from the tree and the other one comes running and snatches it away:
The roadway had these neat arches, peace & joy is what they say:
Our city has the largest lights display of its kind in Canada:
The snowflakes were constantly changing colors:
What I really enjoyed seeing was these massive pine trees decorated with small LED lights, looked so impressive:
Just LOVE these trees:
Its Canada, eh, got to get a mountie in here ;)
It took us an hour to go through it all it was so big. I fast jogged through it all, with stops to get photos or I would have been there all night :P It felt good to do that and not get out of breath. We had a brief stop for hot chocolate in water with two cookies, one a ginger snap and one a oatmeal date cookie. All the displays are sponsored by individual companies as no one company could afford to do it all. Kind of nice they are all cooperating to help raise funds.
I came home, saw the laundry was free, so did a quick load, vacuumed, had supper and finished up Sparking.
I am hoping to go walking in the morning with the Probus group, then attend Dorothy's funeral.
I hope you enjoyed walking along in the lights tour with me :)
Have a Fantastic Friday all!