Hello Friends and Family,

Chihuly in the Desert, Part 3

Link to the January 31st web version by clicking here.

Link to the February 7th web version by clicking here.

Link to this year's index by clicking here.

What could be more romantic than Chihuly in the Desert on Valentine's Night? Not much that I can think of. Again we see the Desert Towers but this time after dark. Way cool!

If you would like to compare any nighttime photo below to its daytime equivalent, click on the link labeled "here" at the top of the page for January 31st (first eight photos) or February 7th (for nine through thirteen) and scroll down.

The sun had just gone down as a solitary hummingbird flew in to feast on the purple flowers to the right of the Fiori Boat, 2018. He was very thorough — he visited every one of those flowers. It was too dark and I could not get closer to attempt a photo. So sorry.

And here we see Fiori Boat, 2018 from a different angle. I think both shots are interesting.

You may recall Blue Birch Reeds and Scorpion Tails, 2021 from two weeks ago. Note how this nighttime shot nicely showcased both the sculptured glass and the cactus.

Opal & Amber Tower, 2018 looks outstanding as the sun drops below the horizon. The mixture of illuminated glass forms and natural vegetation is truly breathtaking.

Lime and Lava Red Tower, 2021 is spectacular in daylight or in the dark. The couple to the right seems to think so too.

Comparing Paint Brushes, 2021 at night, the roof of the pavilion appears to be solid. However, the daytime shot from two weeks ago makes it quite obvious that the roof of this pavilion allows some light to reach the plants. Interesting.

You may recall that two weeks ago, I opined that these abstract neon light fixtures were rather plain in the daylight. As I expected, they are quite spectacular in the dark.

Next on the path we find Aqua Blue and Amber Chandelier. Note that if you want to compare the daylight shot, it is found in LAHP from last week.

After dark, Desert Fiori, 2021 is much more impressive to me than the daylight version. Feel free to check it out.

Sol del Citrón, 2014 on the other hand seems to impress both during the day and illuminated at night.

Red Reeds, 2016 at night, looks like there are lights inside the glass rods. However, in person, it appeared to me that the external lights were providing all the illumination.

Neodymium Reeds, 2021 — what a fitting piece to end our visit — spectacular. For those of you in the Phoenix area, I urge you to go see this delightful visual treat. It is well worth the price of admission. And if you choose your arrival time in mid- to late-afternoon, you can see both the daytime and nighttime displays (and maybe enjoy a very pleasant dinner at Gertrude's while you rest your weary feet).

Life is good.

B. David

P. S., All photos and text © B. David Cathell Photography, Inc. — www.bdavidcathell.com