A couple of Friday evenings ago, it appeared that the last NIGHT LIGHTS’ visitor had left the property. After checking with the front gate to see if there were any visitors on the trail, I was starting to go over my mental checklist of shutting down NIGHT LIGHTS for the night. It was unseasonably chilly, so I was hoping to make quick work in shutting down. To double-check the trail, I walked to a vantage point on Fern Gully where I scanned the path to see if there were any visitors still wandering the trail. Through
the colorful lights, I could see two glow-in-the-dark necklaces way in the distance. I watched for a few minutes, and the glow rings were moving slowly up the trail, often stopping. Not wanting the rush our guests (who I didn’t know were even out in the woods), I walked back to the Café and hung out for 15 minutes. I then went back and looked, and the two glow-in-the-dark necklaces hadn’t advance too terribly far down the path. Were these people wanting to steal the lights? Were people misbehaving? Not knowing what to think, I jumped on golf cart with the intention of greeting our guests – and also curious why they were walking so slow. When I came upon them on the trail, it was very obvious…they were photographers.
Enter Jenna and Lori from the Buffalo/Niagara Falls-area. They discovered NIGHT LIGHTS by visiting last February’s NIGHT LIGHTS at The Gardens at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens. Excited by what they saw in Buffalo, they made the two-hour trek down to photograph NIGHT LIGHTS. Because it was chilly, I was ready to shut down NIGHT LIGHTS, but after seeing these avid photographers literally examining every foot of NIGHT LIGHTS and considering the distance they traveled – how could I push them along?
The slow, methodical pace that Jenna and Lori took in examining the NIGHT LIGHTS is how I envision as being the best experience for our guests. Take your time…look up, look down…look at the colors, the designs of the landscape and how it interacts with the lights.
With the temps hovering in the mid-40’s, Jenna and Lori eventually checked in at the Café in the Woods, where I gave them hot chocolate to warm them up. Now closing in on 12:30 a.m. I offered them a golf cart ride back down to the NIGHT LIGHTS parking lot. The ladies turned down the offer, preferring to walk out of the woods and snapping a few last-minute shots of NIGHT LIGHTS.
I was thrilled when a few days later, both Jenna and Lori contacted me and allowed me to use their images on our website. We are very appreciative of their works and talents. We look forward to their return. Despite spending over three hours photographing NIGHT LIGHTS, these shutterbugs want to come back as they feel that “they didn’t get enough shots.”
I am glad that I didn’t shut the lights off on Jenna and Lori. Not only would I’d not have the pleasure of meeting them, but I wouldn’t have been able to see their great photographs of NIGHT LIGHTS. Besides, if I did turn the NIGHT LIGHTS off on them, they would’ve been completely lost in the pitch dark. Enjoy their pics!