Sledding Grasshopper

Sledding Grasshopper

The Phoenix Zoo uses 3.5 million individual lights to create some 600 displays of animals, flowers, and sphere.  So many people flocked to this event on the Thursday after Christmas that the main parking lot filled and we parked almost a mile away in a municipal parking lot near the ball park for the Oakland A’s.  The Oklahoma band entertained us and their many fans in town for Friday’s Insight Bowl game against Iowa.  “Big Blue,” a tree in the Main Plaza, has about 30,000 lights.  The humor of a sledding grasshopper in the middle of the desert touched my funny bone.  If I had experimented with the video capability of my camera, I might have a record of a monkey gracefully swinging through the trees.  I did photograph an elephant splashing itself with “light” water.  Jengo, the talking giraffe, captivated our young visitors from Riverside, California.  We found a bench to sit on while the music in motion dancing trees entertained us.  The reflecting globe used the Main Lake to show off its multifaceted color show.  It was well worth the effort to negotiate the crowds to see ZooLights.

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