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Sunday, 22 March 2020

Sunday Selections #473




Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.

Huge thanks to Cie who gave me this wonderful Sunday Selections image.
  
The meme was then continued by River at Drifting through life.  Sadly she has now stepped aside (though she will join us some weeks), and I have accepted the mantle.
 
The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to me. Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen. 
 
I usually run with a theme.  This week I am taking you back to Enlighten - a festival which couldn't take place in the current rules relating to crowd numbers and social distancing.  I am glad that we got to see it (and the Balloon Spectacular) before Covid 19 hit.



Drinks and dinner were served in these igloos - which were illuminated later in the evening.


Even early, there were lots of people trying the angel wings on for size.


Waiting for the facade of our National Gallery to be illuminated I liked the reflections of nearby trees as sunset neared.




And then the wait ended.  I am not entirely sure about the story behind these images - but enjoyed them anyway.


The Portrait Gallery celebrated love this year - but I thought most of the images portrayed were on the dull side.






There were plenty of weird and wonderful inflatable creations, and the crowd and the children revelled in them.


This structure stands outside Questacon, and I liked the way it picked up the colours from nearby light displays.



Questacon is our Natural Science and Technology Centre.  I really, really liked the display on its walls.  It, like most of the other buildings in the Parliamentary Triangle was open late and hordes of people were having a heap of fun with the interactive features inside.


And, as I said earlier, there were queues of people waiting to be photographed in their aspirational angel wings.

Light, colour and fun - it is hard not to enjoy Enlighten and I am very glad we went.

Stay safe everyone.  We are all in this together.

140 comments:

  1. Great post, love it!
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    1. beautyshapes3: Welcome and thank you. I will be over to visit you shortly.

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  2. Que lindas imagens.
    E com lindos reflexos.
    Um grande abraço.
    Megy Maia

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    1. Megy Maia: Thank you. It is a beautiful festival.

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  3. Sounds like a magical time! Wonderful! Take care, keep safe,

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    1. Laurie: It is magical. I am sorry that I didn't think to describe the photos for you. I will try and do better in my next photo heavy post. Stay safe, stay well.

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  4. Oh what fun amid the virus chaos...thanks for your wonderful photos as always. Cheers and be well.

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    1. e: I am glad that we were able to go, and intend to focus on the beauty around us when I can. I hope that you and Lukas are doing fine. Hugs.

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  5. I am glad you went, too!... so I can now enjoy those pictures and what they represent.
    Thank you!
    : )

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    1. Caterina: Thank you. In the coming weeks/months I hope to continue to focus on beauty and wonder.

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    1. Bob Bushell: It was an explosion of light and colour.

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  7. Thanks as always for our virtual tour, even more appreciated now with the present circumstances! Hugs to you and keep yourself safe.

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    1. River Fairchild: Thank you. My garden is virus free as is the towers of books inside. I will be fine - and hope that you are too. Hugs.

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  8. I really like the way those trees are reflecting on those glass windows, and those mural paintings, especially the one that's lit up!

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    1. Lon Anderson: The illuminations brighten otherwise dull buildings. I am glad you liked the tree reflections - my partner thought I was a bit odd to photograph them.

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  9. Lots of fun and colour...the inflatables are a joy, but the igloos wouldn't be enticing to me. I can't see their attraction. Eating and drinking enclosed in one wouldn't be my idea of fun...but then...that is just me! :)

    Have a safe and healthy week, EC...take good care. Cuddles to Jazz. :)

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    1. Lee: The igloos were too small for me, but they weren't compulsory so I could enjoy them and walk on. A safe and healthy week to you and the furry overlords.

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  10. I'm so glad you went to this fair before the current regulations were in place. Thank you so much for all these pictures. Each year, I must admit, I get more envious of you for having such beautiful displays to see. But I am grateful that you are so generous to share.
    Please take care of yourself and loved ones (human and non).

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    1. Myrna R.: Thank you. I am very grateful that my city has an ongoing commitment to art and beauty and glad that can enjoy it with me. I hope that you and yours can stay safe and echo your comment to me. Please take care.

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land Of Cancer: It was fun. I am glad we discovered this festival several years ago - and equally glad that we make the effort to go each year.

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  12. Such a wonderful place to explore. Great that it occurred before the Covid precautions.

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    1. Marie Smith: We were very lucky. And yes, it is a wonderful wander of exploration.

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  13. Those inflatables are the best. And The igloos look almost like my greenhouse. I am happy for you - and us - that you made it to this wonderland, and hopefully you snapped a zillion of photos for us all to revel in in coming weeks. Stay safe.

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    1. Charlotte (MotherOwl): There were a heap of inflatable this year and weeks later I smile remembering. I love the thought of your greenhouse as an igloo, and hope you and your family stay safe.

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  14. I love that illuminated art! That's so cool! And the igloo too!

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    1. Rain: Illuminated art speaks to so many of us and I am very grateful my city joined the Enlighten bandwagon.

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  15. Those angel wings are great, but I have enjoyed all your photos. Thanks always for sharing them :)

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    1. DeniseinVA: Thank you. The angel wings first appeared at our Enlighten last year and seem to have become a very popular fixture.

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  16. I am so glad that your city "has an ongoing commitment to art and beauty", and that we all get to enjoy the colours and the excitement each year. I especially like the displays on the Questacon walls - that bee on the flower is fantastic. And I think your photo of the trees reflecting on the windows was definitely worth taking!
    Have a safe and productive week.

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    1. Alexia: I stayed and watched the Questacon cycle for some time. It was clever and lovely. Some of the other illuminations didn't speak personally to me, but that one did. Loudly.
      I hope you too stay safe (and find time for fun).

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  17. The most fun of all--I am sense deprived with all this isolation, and first I said Sunday Selections? Then I said Sunday Selections! I's really Sunday. Well, Saturday, but you know what I mean.
    Good as always.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: Thank you. It is assuredly Sunday here. Mid-morning on a bright and beautiful day.

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  18. Wonderful photos, as always!
    I'm sorry about my blog. It didn't look like that this morning when I posted. Thank you for letting me know something was amiss. I've fixed it now. Please try it again, and please let me know if it still, or ever, looks wonky. Blogger has done this to me in the past with no explanation. Aliens, perhaps? Stay safe!

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    1. Dragonquillca: Sadly rotten Blogger has eaten your latest post. It is a rule unto itself and delights in messing with my mind. Successfully messing with my mind.
      And thank you.

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  19. Like the children, i'm drawn to the cute inflatables! Looking forward to the months (years?) ahead when we can enjoy such installations again. Stay safe. And yes, we are all in this together. Xoxox

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    1. daisyfae: They were fun weren't they? In the cover of darkness I noticed more than one adult enjoying them (and that included more than one adult who had no children with them).
      I hope you too can stay safe. Today and always.

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  20. I'd like to try the angel's wings, but I don't think I'd smile. I think being an angel would be pretty serious business and hard work.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Janie Junebug: I didn't feel any temptation to try on those wings. I am certain they wouldn't fit and agree, an angel's work is not easy. Not easy at all.

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  21. How incredible! The butterfly caught me right away.

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  22. All these photographs are even more special now since these events are all cancelled for the foreseeable future. What a sad state of affairs the whole world is in sue. Keep safe.

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    1. Margaret Birding For Pleasure: We were very lucky that these festivals took place this year. I hope you too can stay safe.

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  23. Margaret says it well. I hope we all get through this. Laura and I continue to get out into nature, although I've been revisiting my coastal pictures, looking for hidden treasures I missed before. Please be careful.

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    1. Bill: I get outside when I can too. Thank you for your stunning photos which I look forward to every day. Stay safe.

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  24. I love the angel wings and the inflatables. The images on that building are nice, but I prefer the reflected trees.

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    1. River: I am so glad that other people enjoyed the reflected trees as much as I did. Thank you.

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  25. my fave? the trees reflected as the light dimmed.and you know how
    i love questacon.
    so glad you got in before the lockdowns Thank you

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    1. dinahmow: The lockdowns look like being intensified here over the next few days. Sadly I think it is a good thing and I am like you, glad that we were able to get out and about while the going was good.

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  26. Dear EC
    Thank you for sharing your visit. I would have been in the queue for the angel wings too. There are some wonderful images there but nothing beats the beauty of nature.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: Thank you - and I agree with you about the beauty of nature. Solace and heart balm each and every day.

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  27. It is so much fun to accompany you on your visits. The weird and wonderful inflatables took my fancy. Stay safe and upbeat.

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    1. Kalpana: There was something new to interest/engage/delight me at every turn. And thank you so much for joining us in Sunday Selections again.

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  28. How wonderful to be able to see all of that - now you have a wonderful memory of it.
    Stay safe and keep well.

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    1. Margaret D: Thank you. Wonderful memories - and a heap of photos too.

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  29. Nice words about our current situation. I like the images. No photo of you wearing angel wings? Maybe you are not an angel but just a human.

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    1. Andrew: I am definitely very human, with no angel aspirations.

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  30. How in the world do you find all these cool places?(lol) Getting snacks and drinks in an igloo sounds so neat, and I would be one of those people who would want to try on angel wings too. Nothing like dreaming.(lol) Hugs and hope you're doing well! RO

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    1. RO: February/March is festival month in my city and we got in just in time this year. You are right about dreaming - there is nothing like it and I firmly believe we need to dream. And dream big.

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  31. You already have inspirational wings, Sue, on which you travel to share love, goodness, joie de vivre, and all that is good in life. Your friendship means so much to so many. Stay well during this awful time. From drought, to fires, to floods to COVID-19 - the people of Australia have faced challenges to be sure.

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    1. David M. Gascoigne: Many thanks. This has indeed been a challenging year - for Australia and the world. I do hope that kindness and hope become our new pandemic.

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  32. I love using the wall to display art. I showed the glass igloo to Jilda and she would love one for a yoga space.

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    1. Rick Watson: I can see those igloos as a yoga space. They would be amazing at dawn and at dusk.

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  33. I'm so glad that you posted these colourful and happy photos. We need lots and lots of colourful and happy right now. Gosh what a year so far... floods in UK, fire in Australia, Covid all over the world. Stay sane, stay safe, stay optimistic, stay positive. And above all, stay at home when you've been told to, people!!!!!!

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    1. Shammickite: I am always in favour of colour, fun and beauty. And agree wholeheartedly with all of your comment. Thank you - and the same wishes to you.

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  34. I really like this images! Stay safe everyone!

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    1. natalia20041989: Thank you. And to you. Always.

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  35. Love all the beautiful photos. Such colorful exhibits. Thanks for sharing and giving us something to smile about. Be safe my friend.

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    1. Mason Canyon: It is my pleasure to share beauty. And please, be safe too.

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  36. I love those angel wings, too. Bright and cheerful colors!

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    1. gigi-hawaii: We need bright and cheerful at the moment don't we?

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  37. That first pic looks inviting, especially in times of self-isolation. :-) How are you holding up?

    Greetings from London.

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    1. A Cuban in London: Thank you. As a confirmed introvert isolation is less challenging for me than it is for many. Stay safe dear friend.

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  38. Hi EC - I agree they're not as inspirational as other years - ... but then fun to see and to hear (as you walk around) others' comments on them. I'm glad the Enlightenment took place and it was well frequented ... fun - thank you and as the others have said all the best - Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: I agree with you about other years, but still enjoyed this. And at the moment the world needs colour and beauty. And fun. Stay safe, and thank you for your always positive outlook.

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  39. Did you try on the angel wings? You should have you know. They would have fit. Love you EC.

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    1. Strayer: Many thanks. I didn't try on the wings - but if they had been replaced by dragon wings I might have pushed other people out of the way to get a turn. And hogged them too. Hugs.

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  40. How fun and so colorful. I loved your pictures.

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    1. Mary Kirkland: I am glad. Have you heard whether your near neighbour has tested positive yet? Sending hopeful wishes your way.

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  41. That's a great shot of the trees reflected in the glass.

    I really like the sea turtle on the shoulders of the man - very thought-provoking. And the bee with a blue body! People have such wonderful imaginations.

    I'm glad you were able to enjoy these installations before the restrictions came down. Looking forward to any photos you want to share in the coming weeks. I would like to applaud David Gascoigne's comment as well - sharing beauty is a wonderful thing and I thank you.

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    1. jenny_o: Huge and humble thanks. The blue banded bee is real, and native to Australia rather than imaginary. Isn't it amazing?
      As you know I am a beauty addict and hope to share a LOT more in the coming weeks.

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  42. I just LOVE those angel wings. And I'm glad you were able to see this before the distance rules came into effect. Stay safe! You are most precious to his admirer.

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    1. DJan: And many thanks to you too. I am so grateful to the community I have found in the blogosphere. I learn from you, I laugh with you, and I weep with and for you. You are an important part of that community.

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  43. Beautiful post!! What a fun day and night!! Thank you my friend! Big Hugs! Stay safe and healthy!!!

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    1. Magic Love Crow: I am so glad you enjoyed it. Huge hugs to you, today and every day.

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  44. I like the pictures on the buildings with the flowers. Those are pretty!

    Stay well.

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    1. mshatch: Questacon's illuminations NEVER disappoint. I hope you too can stay safe - and am beyond sorry that you were laid off.

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  45. Un sereno inizio settimana a te.

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    1. Giancarlo: Thank you. Your country has been hit so hard by this virus. I hope that you and those you love are safe.

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  46. Beautiful photos - thank you! I particularly liked the Science and Technology Centre, too. Stay safe, stay well! :-)

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    1. Diane Henders: Thank you. Questacon is wonderful whatever the time of the year - inside and out.
      I hope that you are yours are also safe and well.

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    2. So far, so good; but the virus is now in the community here. A lot of people don't seem to be taking it seriously - still travelling, visiting friends, etc. Our community's demographic is the same as Italy, so this could go very badly. Hoping it doesn't...

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    3. Diane Henders: Some people here are taking it very seriously. Others are not. Which risks all of us. Good luck.

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  47. So many things i hope we get to see and do again soon. Praying we all stay safe.

    Thank you for hosting.

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    1. messymimi: Thank you and hear, hear. Perhaps if nothing else we will learn to appreciate what we have better...

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  48. I got here eventually and it was worth the effort. Never mind kids and the inflatables. I think they are great and I am impressed by the National Gallery illuminations.

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  49. My favorite scene is most definitely those trees reflecting on those glass windows!

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    1. Lon Anderson: Thank you. I really liked seeing them too.

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  50. Those colorful angel wings are giving me life! Awesome interactive addition in my opinion, so people can take pictures or selfies right there. Plus, the art is great, seems interesting enough for me to walk around and really take a look.

    Most of us have to stay patient though and go out less, as you know, Sue. Hope it blows over soon enough!

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    1. Hot guys: There was a lot of interactive art which is always a win. And yes, this festival would be banned now - so I am glad we got out.

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  51. I am glad that you got to experience this fabulous festival before gathering in groups was not allowed. The arts, in all forms, are a bright light in this darkness.

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    1. Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe: I am grateful that Enlighten and the Balloon Spectacular went ahead too. I agree with you about art and might try and see some outdoor art while we still can.

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  52. I'm so pleased that you were able to go to this festival before gatherings, groups etc were banned with the coronavirus situation.

    A very nice selection of photographs, those angel wings are amazing, I can understand why they are so popular.

    Stay safe.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member~Jan: Thank you. More and more things are being banned (rightly I believe) at the moment. These last gatherings will remain a memory bright spot for a while.

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  53. Glad you got to see if before COVID19, as well.

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    1. The Happy Whisk: So are we. Very glad. Later today we might go down to the lake (while we still can) for a natural festival.

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  54. I'm amused by the playfulness and originality of your festivals.

    Be good to yourself, strong, safe, and healthy too!

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    1. Rawknrobyn: There is ALWAYS room for whimsy and fun in my world. I hope you too can be kind to yourself safe and healthy.

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  55. These feel extra-special now because I don't think we're having any events like this in the foreseeable future. Loved the angel wings and also the tree reflections. Stay safe and well.

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    1. Nilanjana Bose: I am so very grateful that many of you appreciated the tree reflections. I loved them but my partner thought they were a bit 'so what'.
      I hope that you and yours can also remain safe and well.

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    1. Teresa Isabel Silva: Thank you. We enjoyed it too.

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    1. Teresa Isabel Silva: And to you. A great and a healthy week.

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  58. So many wonderful photos.. love those projections of art on the walls.

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    1. Hena Tayeb: Thank you. The illuminations can make even an ordinarily dull wall spectacular.

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  59. Thank you so much, you never fail to cheer me up with your gorgeous pics.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. Wisewebwoman: I am really glad to hear that. There will be another colour filled post later this week. Friday?

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  60. I'm sure I would have wanted a pic with the wings too. Those are a cute idea. :)

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    1. mail4rosey: They are a really popular addition to Enlighten. The first year they appeared a couple posed in them just after their wedding - in full bridal regalia.

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  61. Oh how you've made my day with your stunning photos, dearest Sue!
    I would have loved to try on those fabulous wings too... aren't they amazing!!😊😊

    Please be safe, my dear friend!

    Sending much love and hugs ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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    1. Ygraine: It is lovely to see you here. Are you feeling a bit better? I do hope so. The wings have been a very, very popular addition and I suspect will come back year after year.
      I would have been more tempted by dragon or raptor wings.
      Stay safe, get well. And huge hugs (of the non infectious kind).

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  62. Just dropped by to check on you to see how you're doing and was delighted by all your lovely photos. :)

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    1. Mildred Ratched: Thank you. We are fine, and I do hope you are too. Stay safe.

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  63. So many wonders. Thanks for sharing.
    Stay safe. Stay well.
    Hugs

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    1. Sandra Cox: The world is filled with wonders - for which I am grateful.
      Hugs and well wishes are flowing to you and yours too.

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  64. The angel wings are very appealing. I can understand why they were popular. I also love the bee and flower images on the walls, very dramatic.

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    1. LL Cool Joe: The angel wings are such a simple creation and brought pleasure to so many people. I agree about the Questacon images too - I thought they were lovely.

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  65. Love the photos. I think we could all use some angel wings to fly away from all that is happening lately.

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    1. RasmaSandra: I hear you on the need to escape. I hope you are safe and well.

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  66. The technicolor angel's wings look so fun to play with! I'm glad you got some shots of them.

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    1. John Wiswell: I am glad too. This festival may have been one of the last for quite some time.

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  67. I'm surprised how much I like the Questacon structure, it's quite mesmerising

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    1. Kim: Questacon is always a highlight of enlighten for me. I love that they included our blue-banded bee too.

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  68. Oh I missed the bee, how could that happen! Thank you for letting me know to go back and find it

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    1. Kim: I am glad you went back. You wondered on a recent post how T-Rex could fly. Later this week (tomorrow?) I will post photos of an even weirder balloon, our SkyWhale.

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  69. Thanks for this boost of light, colour and fun!

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