Tony Duncan

Tony Duncan

Last night we spent the evening in the Desert Botanical Garden enjoying Las Noches de las Luminarias and Chihuly in the Garden. The Duncan Family was again located on the “Plants and People of the Sonoran Desert Loop Trail.” Tony Duncan played his flute and his father, Ken Duncan, shared the Apache story of how smallpox was cured by the Apache trout. Farther along the trail we heard Poranqui perform a breath defying rendition on the didgeridoo, an instrument of the Australian aboriginals. This year we chose not to eat the buffet, but to select from the Patio Grill. Traveler, playing a fusion of World Music and Rock, performed on the Ullman Terrace. As we dined, we especially enjoyed Scott Jeffer who played violin, the Greek bouzouki, and Turkish baglama. We also listened to music featuring the flamenco guitar by Chris Burton Jacome. This year’s musical offerings emphasize World Music.

Sapphire Star

Sapphire Star

It was a special treat to discover the many Dale Chihuly glass art pieces placed throughout the Desert Botanical Garden. The Sapphire Star attracted our attention as we entered, but was more dramatic contrasted against the dark night sky. The Blue Sun displayed contrasting forms and shades of blue. Citron & Yellow Fiori fit nicely amidst the desert succulents. Likewise, Red Reeds popped out dramatically along the trail. The Sonoran Boat brought together many colors that reflected well in a pond. The White Belugas whaled for attention without color. The Scarlet & Yellow Icicle Tower rose dramatically from the desert floor. The Polyvitro Chandelier used giant colored balls for good effect. The White Tower looks like a decorated Christmas tree. Chihuly in the Garden will be in place at the Desert Botanical Garden through May 18, 2014.

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