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IMG_0821In January, while vacationing in the Phoenix, Arizona area, I had the opportunity to visit the Desert Botanical Garden.  This was actually my second visit to this treasure in the desert.  It is really a very beautiful site and I could visit it over and over again!

Currently, there is a unique exhibit called Bruce Munro: Sonoran Light at Desert Botanical Garden.  The exhibit showcases eight large-scale, light-based installations using an inventive array of materials and hundreds of miles of glowing fiber optics.  Located throughout the Garden, British artist Bruce Munro’s site-specific exhibition reflects his personal interpretation of the Sonoran Desert.  This display is part of a greater Bruce Munro showing called Scottsdale Desert Radiance.

I took a lot of pictures.  I am very much an amateur photographer and night pictures come out more miss than hit.  But here are a few I thought I’d share.  As I viewed the exhibit, in the dark, I found it easy to block out the desert and using my own (SciFi) imagination, found myself on another world.

 

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Night view of Rasan City from space. Most of the southern hemisphere of this world is a desert. The population is concentrated in the coastal area.

 

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Desert home outside of Rasan City. The unique plastic-like substance that is the main building material for this structure serves as a conduit for heating, cooling, and light.

 

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Space station Alpha orbits the planet Rasan.

 

The ride to the space station was a bit nerve-racking for me.  I barely managed to hold on to my camera to snap this picture.

 

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The nillia is an outer-space dwelling creature. This rare closeup picture was taken from space station Alpha.

 

If you can’t make it to Rasan to see these wonderful sights, I recommend the Desert Botantical Gardens in Phoenix, Arizona.  If you are in the Phoenix area between now and May 8th, check out this wonderful, beautiful exhibit.  Go a few hours before sunset so you have a chance to enjoy the Gardens and then stay for the amazing show!

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