Luma, Queenstown NZ

The magic world of Luma, Queenstown

During some moments in time, recent time that is – less years in fact than can be counted on one hand alone, Queenstown Botanic Gardens changes in ways that only manifest on a few early winter nights each June.

With the onset of a dusk, hand-in-hand with sub zero temperatures, thousands of people can be seen walking the icy paths to the public gardens in a corner of Queenstown Bay.

LUMA Southern Light Project – Queenstown Gardens

There among the trees and ice covered waters magic unfolds as children and adults alike enter a realm where lights float and dance in and on the reflections of ice covered waters – places where minds come alight with imagination.

 

LUMA Southern Light Project – Queenstown Gardens

 

LUMA Southern Light Project – Queenstown Gardens

 

The by now beguiled wanderers will often be prone to stumbling bought on by magic imbalances, and the spells of wandering fairies.

 

LUMA Southern Light Project – Queenstown Gardens

 

LUMA Southern Light Project – Queenstown Gardens

 

And for every score of steps stumbled or walked, another “experience” comes to light.

 

LUMA Southern Light Project – Queenstown Gardens

 

LUMA Southern Light Project – Queenstown Gardens

 

LUMA Southern Light Project – Queenstown Gardens

 

LUMA Southern Light Project – Queenstown Gardens

 

LUMA Southern Light Project – Queenstown Gardens

 

LUMA Southern Light Project – Queenstown Gardens

 

Deeper in the forest it becomes even more immersive – lights climb trees, reflections dance on the forest floor like bright leaves in an autumn wind – a wind that carries beguiling music to which the lights dance.

 

LUMA Southern Light Project – Queenstown Gardens

 

LUMA Southern Light Project – Queenstown Gardens

 

LUMA Southern Light Project – Queenstown Gardens

 

LUMA Southern Light Project – Queenstown Gardens

 

Inspired by the LUMA Southern Light Project – Queenstown Gardens. All images © Donald Lousley southernlight.co.nz photography

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