Night Lights

17 Dec

When you wander around any western city during the day, almost all give off the same feeling of imprisonment. Concrete, steel, roads jammed with honking, impatient people hurrying to the next item they must tick off their daily list, not very appealing. Now I grant you some cities do have areas of beauty and charm, but in reality these areas are fast being swallowed by the concrete jungle. Asian cities in contrast are kaleidoscopes of colour and texture, inter-spaced with remnants of nature trying to reestablish its foothold on the landscape.

Bring on the night, and all of a sudden our western rock piles take on a completely different character, they are lit up in every colour of the rainbow. Skyscrapers, sports grounds, bridges, and cathedrals are outlined in permanent fairy lights. Office blocks get creative and switch on lights on different levels to create logos or messages. In some more culturally vulgar cities, whole areas are transformed into garish billboards advertising all nature of things.

Western cities really do look their finest at night and those cities that are blessed with natural features such as rivers take on unbelievable levels of beauty. The following image is taken from near Kangaroo Point on the Brisbane River looking across at the CBD of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia.Image

The down side to this show display is the need to generate the power, but even pewer stations can look kinda cool at night.

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