Thursday, December 22, 2011

Winter Solstice 2011 at the Zoo

Happy Solstice!  It seems appropriate that we celebrated the shortest day in the year by going to an exhibition of lights (articifical) at the National Zoo, an annual holiday event called ZooLights.

Sign on Connecticut Avenue Inviting Visitors

You enter under an arch of lights....

and follow the pathways, which are decorated on both sides with lights strung all over the trees:

Sometimes there are lit patterns along the path itself:

Since it is the zoo, there are also many light exhibits featuring animals, some of which are animated:

My son likes the marine animals display:

especially the cephalopods:

A number of the enclosed display areas--the reptile house, the small mammals house, the great apes, etc.--are also open, so you can see some actual animals as well as the ones in lights.

There are even a few places where the lights on the tree change in time with the lively holiday music that is playing:

It was a beautiful mild night, and a great place to be to celebrate the Solstice in the nation's capitol.

Wishing you the best on this special evening as well.

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