My husband and I toured the Chihuly exhibit yesterday at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix. I knew sort of what to expect, having seen photos of Chihuly glass in other places, but I was still bowled over as we rounded the path to enter the gardens and came upon this sight before we had even entered the gate:
These tall “Desert Towers”, set among the plants, were sparkling in the sunlight. EXTREME sparking! The word that went through my head was MAGICAL (a funny word in our family- long story- sorry, Nevin!). But it indeed seemed magical; I felt like we were entering the Emerald City! Other magnificent glass creations were placed throughout the huge gardens, and we had a great time walking through and encountering each one.
We had never been to the gardens before, so we were also fascinated by the varieties of cacti- and the butterfly garden! I took a zillion photos- three times more than I will use, because I used exposure bracketing, knowing that the harsh, contrasty afternoon light could make for some difficult lighting situations.
Expect more photos to follow. As I said, I took zillions!