Thursday, January 7, 2010

Desert Winter Traditions

Every winter, the Phoenix Zoo hosts Zoolights. Every evening, the zoo opens up for extra hours, and plays host to a gorgeous light display in the zoo. The trails are lined, trees are swamped, and bushes covered with over 2.5 million lights. Over 500 custom-made light-up animal structures make the otherwise dark and open spaces of the zoo burst with the characters of the zoo exhibits.

My friend Danielle and I decided to take a trip to the Zoo one of the final nights of this Phoenix tradition. I found the newly added small outdoor man-made and frozen ice rink quite funny as I watched people try and ice skate in the 50 degree weather of the desert winter. However, we agreed our favorite part of the display was the "dancing trees" whose lights change colors at different times to mimic the beats of the classic holiday song, "Carol of the Bells".

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