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Each year, as part of the @Enlighten_Canberra Festival 1–17 March, @VisitCanberra is transformed into a nocturnal playground with light projections that bring the city to life, while 30 hot air balloons take the skies every dawn 9–17 March, in one of the longest running hot air ballooning events in the world.⁣
Photo: @ParliamentHouseCanberra during #EnlightenCanberra.⁣
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Each year, as part of the @Enlighten_Canberra Festival 1–17 March, ...

Tomorrow’s special Canberra Day birthday lunch menu will be featuring bbq beagle kebabs 😮🤭🥺🤔😜🤣
#visitcanberra #thiscanberranlife #enlightencanberra #igerscanberra #canberralife #enlightenfestival #aussiephotos #sofranksocial #australia_oz #ig_today #wow_australia #ig_australia #australia_shotz #ig_discover_australia #canon70d #abcmyphoto #seeaustralia #cbrmap_festival #cbrregion #canberratothecoast #canberratimes #enlighten2019 #ig_aussiepix #balloonfestival

Tomorrow’s special Canberra Day birthday lunch menu will be featuring ...

I’m not normally an early morning person and I don’t see many sunrises but I’ll always make the effort for the  @enlighten_canberra balloon festival😊
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I’m not normally an early morning person and I don’t ...

Just another perfect day for the balloons in Canberra. Hands down my favourite time of the year here, festivals galore, glorious weather and stunning autumn colours just around the corner 😍
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Just another perfect day for the balloons in Canberra. Hands ...

Love this photo by @photoxben!!! #Repost from @photoxben with @regram.app ... | Enlighten 2019 |
This year, Enlighten's theme pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. I thought it was only fitting to throw together a composite of the National Portrait Gallery and the night sky above!
It was just for a bit of fun but I don't mind the result!
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Love this photo by @photoxben!!! #Repost from @photoxben with @regram.app ...

photo_library A few more from todays balloon spectacular 
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A few more from todays balloon spectacular #canberralife #canberratimes #wearecbr ...

It’s Easter Long Weekend – Yay. For me who doesn’t have family here in Australia, that always means adventure time and making the most of the 4 days off work. Together with a bunch of friends I’m going on another photo trip. You have to wait a bit longer to find out exactly where I’m going but hopefully it won’t take me 2 weeks to do the stories like it did a months ago after the Canberra weekend.

That’s actually where this photo was taken. Almost the same crew as this weekend went out to chase balloons around Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra mid March. After the balloons didn't take off on Saturday, we had more luck on Sunday. With hot air balloons you can never exactly plan what you’ll get but I already knew I like colourful hot air balloons in front of a blue sky (enhanced by using a polariser). Then it’s just about waiting for the right moment to catch them in front of a nice cloud formation or in between one so the clouds actually frame the shot (I duplicated the clouds from the bottom left to the top right to create this perfect frame as nature didn’t quite play along … oops was I supposed to reveal that secret?) Anyway, hope everyone is going to have a great long weekend with family or friends or out on an adventure. Let me know in the comments what you’re going to be up to and who knows, maybe we are going to be in the same place.
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It’s Easter Long Weekend – Yay. For me who doesn’t ...

Evening, everyone.
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I find myself in the mood to share a few late-night (or very early morning) thoughts with the wider world... and as I’m known to get a bit wordy when in this frame of mind, let me first just say ... that this is our beautiful Carillon, all lit up on Aspen Island for Canberra’s birthday celebrations... super pretty in pink, isn’t it?
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Now, please do feel free to scroll on to the next image on your Friday night feed at this point, as that’s certainly what insta is really for... smiley, uplifting, fun stuff...
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But if you’re still here then I’d love to share with you the very simple, but very important advice that a friend of mine shared with me (and my gaggle of merry high school mates) a couple of weeks ago. This friend and I (and said gaggle) were all young and strong and full-of-the-nonsense-of-the-teenage-years-of-life, together, once upon a time.  But after a long battle with the scourge of breast cancer, she passed away last night, aged 51 and 3/4 years... leaving behind a husband, a daughter, a sister, parents and many friends.
The simple message which she charged the remaining members of our gaggle with, resonated with every one of us... and is perhaps even more poignantly relevant today, given the events which have taken place in this part of the world, and which, sadly, occur all over the world, far too often...
Her advice?
Cherish your lives. 
Yep.  Just as simple as that. Or perhaps, rather, it should be just that simple...
Because there aren’t any guarantees in this funny old world and this crazy old life.
We don’t know what’s ahead, around the corner, or down the lane...
So, in the words of my friend, do more than just live, folks... Cherish.
Yourselves, your loved ones, and this one precious life that we’ve all been given to enjoy.
Not tomorrow.  Or next week.  Or when you have more money/time/ability/knowledge/means... Not someday.
Cherish your lives, today.
This very minute.
Right now. 
Peace and love, all.
💗💙💗💙💗💙💗💙💗

Evening, everyone. . I find myself in the mood to ...

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Lots of hot air around recently but now it’s time ...

SD Booths and Deseo Studios together again at Hage Elementary April 28th, 2019 from 1-6pm
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SD Booths and Deseo Studios together again at Hage Elementary ...

Sneak peek 👀 at Hage Elementary April 28th, 2019 1-4p! Come support!
#40nphoandgrille #enlighten2019

Sneak peek 👀 at Hage Elementary April 28th, 2019 1-4p! ...

It’s Easter Long Weekend – Yay. For me who doesn’t have family here in Australia, that always means adventure time and making the most of the 4 days off work. Together with a bunch of friends I’m going on another photo trip. You have to wait a bit longer to find out exactly where I’m going but hopefully it won’t take me 2 weeks to do the stories like it did a months ago after the Canberra weekend.

That’s actually where this photo was taken. Almost the same crew as this weekend went out to chase balloons around Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra mid March. After the balloons didn't take off on Saturday, we had more luck on Sunday. With hot air balloons you can never exactly plan what you’ll get but I already knew I like colourful hot air balloons in front of a blue sky (enhanced by using a polariser). Then it’s just about waiting for the right moment to catch them in front of a nice cloud formation or in between one so the clouds actually frame the shot (I duplicated the clouds from the bottom left to the top right to create this perfect frame as nature didn’t quite play along … oops was I supposed to reveal that secret?) Anyway, hope everyone is going to have a great long weekend with family or friends or out on an adventure. Let me know in the comments what you’re going to be up to and who knows, maybe we are going to be in the same place.
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It’s Easter Long Weekend – Yay. For me who doesn’t ...

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#enlighten2019

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One from the drafts folder - National Library - Enlighten Festival, March 2019, Canberra, Australia
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One from the drafts folder - National Library - Enlighten ...

Ready to take off and fly into the weekend 🧚‍♀️ #tgif

Ready to take off and fly into the weekend 🧚‍♀️ ...

Thursday throwback to the Balloon Festival earlier this month.
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Thursday throwback to the Balloon Festival earlier this month. #visitcanberra ...

Loved the colours of the balloons in the morning at the 2019 Canberra balloon spectacular.  Only went to the balloons once this year and in total, the balloons flew 4 out of the 9 days, due to rain and high winds #hotairballoon #hotairballoonfestival #enlighten #enlighten2019 #visitcanberra #lakeburleygriffin #cbr #wearecbr #canberraballoonspectacular #sunrise #canberratimes #nationalmuseumofaustralia #enlightencanberra #visitcanberra

Loved the colours of the balloons in the morning at ...

My favourite pic from Enlighten #enlighten2019 #canberra #lightfestival

My favourite pic from Enlighten #enlighten2019 #canberra #lightfestival

#Canberra is bringing some magical #jellyfish sculptures to life in full bloom 🐙💡 @canberracentre #canberracentre @enlighten_canberra #enlightenfestival #enlighten2019

#Canberra is bringing some magical #jellyfish sculptures to life in ...

✨ GIVEAWAY! ✨ 
To celebrate my place at the author’s stand signing copies of my book and a workshop I am hosting on the Saturday, I’m giving away a Double Pass to the @enlightenadelaide festival (Adelaide’s Feel Good Festival) held this 18-19 May at @adelaidecc Convention Center!

For your chance to win, simply: - Follow me @julietlever - Tag the friend you’d like to bring with you 😇

Winner will be drawn this Friday 29th March 8pm and you can enter as many times as you like 💓

Good luck lovelies!! 🙏🏼

✨ GIVEAWAY! ✨ To celebrate my place at the author’s ...

play_circle_filled This year the crew from @enlighten_canberra used @thebeaglemaximus to round up the other balloons and keep them in order, looks like it was a job well done.
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This year the crew from @enlighten_canberra used @thebeaglemaximus to round ...

photo_library A low flyover by the RAAF C-17A Globemaster III at the 2019 Skyfire display. Who would have thought it was so quiet!, well compared to the FA/18 jet from previous years!  @ausairforce @hit1047canberra @enlighten_canberra #lakeburleygriffin #canberra #cbr #enlighten #enlighten2019  #thecarillontower #visitcanberra #regattapoint #enlightencanberra

A low flyover by the RAAF C-17A Globemaster III at ...

Our new interactive installation Light Chimes made their debut at @enlighten_canberra earlier this month. Glowing crystaline tubes of rippling light that burst into colourful life when you play them on the touchboards. 
We watched mesmerised for hours as families gathered for photos in front of them, adults and children reached out to embrace them, and sometimes the gathered crowd would spontaneously applaud when someone played a well known tune.
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LIGHT CHIMES created by @theindiectobject @taranablitt @amillionthingsmusic additional construction by @bashaut Geoff Bevitt, Ashley Connell, David Hayes made in our incredible studio in Geelong thanks to @renewgeelong
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Thank you @visabel_festivals_events @EventsACT and huge thanks to the local volunteers
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Our new interactive installation Light Chimes made their debut at ...

photo_library SKYFIRE 2019 - what an awesome show 🎆🎇Not exactly the shots I was looking for but as it was our first time here we weren’t sure what to expect or where to shoot from. We will return next year with more knowledge than we had this year  and will hopefully achieve the results I’m looking for. 🤞🏻🎆🎇

SKYFIRE 2019 - what an awesome show 🎆🎇Not exactly the ...

Large crowds gathering for the 2019 Skyfire display with flyovers from the Royal Australian Navy MRH-90 Taipan helicopter @royalaustraliannavy @hit1047canberra @enlighten_canberra #lakeburleygriffin #canberra #cbr #enlighten #enlighten2019 #helicopter #visitcanberra #parliamenthouse #regattapoint #enlightencanberra

Large crowds gathering for the 2019 Skyfire display with flyovers ...

photo_library Headed to #Enlighten2019 a few weeks ago with a friend to practice our night time photography skills and go to the Night Noodle Markets for the first time :)
@enlighten_canberra

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Headed to #Enlighten2019 a few weeks ago with a friend ...

photo_library Some cool flyovers from the Royal Australian Navy MRH-90 Taipan helicopter at the 2019 Skyfire display @royalaustraliannavy @hit1047canberra @enlighten_canberra #lakeburleygriffin #canberra #cbr #enlighten #enlighten2019 #helicopter #thecarillontower #visitcanberra #regattapoint #enlightencanberra

Some cool flyovers from the Royal Australian Navy MRH-90 Taipan ...

It could have been a lot worse when one of the barges exploded at #skyfire2019 last night 💥💥💥Thankfully no one was hurt 👍🏻 It made for a pretty spectacular photo though 🎇🎆

It could have been a lot worse when one of ...

photo_library Missing enlighten. Skyfire posts coming tomorrow ❤ did any of you guys hear about the explosion?
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Missing enlighten. Skyfire posts coming tomorrow ❤ did any of ...

My first encounter with hot air balloons was about 25 years ago when I caught a lift on a balloon and jumped out. Every time I see balloons since, I remember the spectacular views and the tranquility of just drifting along on the breeze. So grateful that each year I get to witness the #canberraballoonspectacular in such a beautiful setting and relive that feeling. Thankyou 🔅enlighten_canberra and farewell 🔅thebeaglemaximus 🤗
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My first encounter with hot air balloons was about 25 ...

This is truly a great time of year in Canberra. So many events at 🔅enlighten_canberra, but watching the balloons drifting by is my favourite. Especially glad to have caught 🔅ayeinthesky in a quiet moment last weekend 🤗
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This is truly a great time of year in Canberra. ...

Sadly no balloons flying on the last day of the Balloon Festival, Enlighten, Canberra. Thanks to the organisers and pilots for a great week. #enlighten2019 #lakeburleygriffin  #landscape #Canberra #visitcanberra #canonaustralia #australia  #rawaustralia #photography #cbr #wearecbr #canberraphotographer #balloons #hotairballoon #hotairballoonfestival #canberraballoonspectacular #canberraballoons #igerscanberra #enlighten  #canberraballoonspectacular #balloonskimming #balloononwater #commonwealthavenuebridge #telstratower #blackmountaintower

Sadly no balloons flying on the last day of the ...

Sadly no balloons flying on the last day of the Balloon Festival, Enlighten, Canberra. Thanks to the organisers and pilots for a great week. #enlighten2019 #lakeburleygriffin  #landscape #Canberra #visitcanberra #canonaustralia #australia  #rawaustralia #photography #cbr #wearecbr #canberraphotographer #balloons #hotairballoon #hotairballoonfestival #canberraballoonspectacular #canberraballoons #igerscanberra #enlighten  #canberraballoonspectacular #balloonskimming #balloononwater #aph #parliament #parliamenthouse

Sadly no balloons flying on the last day of the ...

Sadly no balloons flying on the last day of the Balloon Festival, Enlighten, Canberra. Thanks to the organisers and pilots for a great week. #enlighten2019 #lakeburleygriffin  #landscape #Canberra #visitcanberra #canonaustralia #australia  #rawaustralia #photography #cbr #wearecbr #canberraphotographer #balloons #hotairballoon #hotairballoonfestival #canberraballoonspectacular #canberraballoons #igerscanberra #enlighten  #canberraballoonspectacular #balloonskimming #balloononwater #nationallibrary #australiannationallibrary #sunrise #sunrise🌅

Sadly no balloons flying on the last day of the ...

Sadly no balloons flying on the last day of the Balloon Festival, Enlighten, Canberra. Thanks to the organisers and pilots for a great week. #enlighten2019 #lakeburleygriffin  #landscape #Canberra #visitcanberra #canonaustralia #australia  #rawaustralia #photography #cbr #wearecbr #canberraphotographer #balloons #hotairballoon #hotairballoonfestival #canberraballoonspectacular #canberraballoons #igerscanberra #enlighten  #canberraballoonspectacular #balloonskimming #balloononwater #commonwealthavenuebridge #nationallibrary #australiannationallibrary

Sadly no balloons flying on the last day of the ...

Sadly no balloons flying on the last day of the Balloon Festival, Enlighten, Canberra. Thanks to the organisers and pilots for a great week. #enlighten2019 #lakeburleygriffin  #landscape #Canberra #visitcanberra #canonaustralia #australia  #rawaustralia #photography #cbr #wearecbr #canberraphotographer #balloons #hotairballoon #hotairballoonfestival #canberraballoonspectacular #canberraballoons #igerscanberra #enlighten  #canberraballoonspectacular #balloonskimming #balloononwater #commonwealthavenuebridge #nationallibrary #australiannationallibrary

Sadly no balloons flying on the last day of the ...

Today is the last day of Canberra Balloon Spectacular (shame they didn't take off at all this weekend). I got lucky again this year and saw the balloons take off on 2 of the 3 mornings I was there last weekend. I had to learn the hard way in 2017 that you can’t influence the weather and even if you stay for a couple of days, you still might not see a balloon take off but don’t worry, the balloons will be flying for quite a while here in my feed and also in my stories. I still haven’t uploaded the balloon story from last Sunday since I was too busy uploading stories about everything else that happened last Saturday: a disappointing visit at Parliament lawn only to find out the balloons have won’t fly, then a location scouting session in Namadgi National Park, rodeo in Queanbeyan, sunset at the National Arboretum and our first astro session from 1am-5am Sunday morning (yes, I didn’t sleep much last weekend). One thing I learnt from shooting balloons is that I really like the simple compositions with as little distractions as possible. I lot of my shots look quite messy. Either too many balloons overlapping, people in the way or trees blocking the view. I think I only ended up with a handful of post-worthy shots but it’s nice to see they look quite different from what I got the previous year and 80% of them are shot with my 18-135mm kit lens. What worked well here is the contrast between the colourful balloon (@wonderstruckballooning) and the rest of the image. I added a bit of motion blur to the water to make it look less messy and Gaussian blur to the trees to really make the balloon stand out. .
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Today is the last day of Canberra Balloon Spectacular (shame ...

Although you’ve probably seen a million pictures of the Balloon Spectacular, the weather has no been cooperative and they have not been able to take off for the last few days. So here is another photo of the balloons over the top of The National Museum of Australia on the 2nd day when the weather was perfect. There’s only 1 day left, so fingers crossed they will be able to lift off tomorrow. 🤞🤞 #Enlighten2019 #enlightencanberra #wearecbr #seeaustralia #EnlightenIlluminations #ActewAGL #Enlighten #igerscanberra #sofranksocial #thiscanberranlife #igersaustraliaofficial #wow_australia2019 #igerscanberra  #pocket_nights #nature_or_nothing #efe_nature_or_nothing #mcsquared_daily #efe_snapshots_daily #capitaltoad

Although you’ve probably seen a million pictures of the Balloon ...

Yesterday I went on a GoBoat sunrise cruise to watch the balloons fly over Lake Burley Griffin but unfortunately the weather let us down, the balloons couldn’t fly and we were greeted by dull grey skies. Fortunately, for our boat at least, we had ever ready Erna on board to counter those dull skies by sharing her brightness and bringing her own balloons to the party 😊
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Yesterday I went on a GoBoat sunrise cruise to watch ...

The Canberra Festival season is in full swing, with a number of show stopping events and spirit raising experiences still in the offering. And one event that we always start counting down the sleeps for, is our annual Skyfire at @bookplatecafe Picnic cocktail party - the perfect vantage point to the Canberra fireworks spectacle!
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The Canberra Festival season is in full swing, with a ...

Here’s hoping that the last day tomorrow is like this one earlier in the week at the Balloon Festival, Enlighten, Canberra. #enlighten2019 #lakeburleygriffin  #landscape #Canberra #visitcanberra #canonaustralia #australia  #rawaustralia #photography #cbr #wearecbr #canberraphotographer #balloons #hotairballoon #hotairballoonfestival #canberraballoonspectacular #canberraballoons #igerscanberra #enlighten #sunstar #sunrise #sunrise🌅

Here’s hoping that the last day tomorrow is like this ...

"We must make use of every moment and nurture it with affection, tenderness, beauty, creativity, and laughter"
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"We must make use of every moment and nurture it ...

Evening, everyone.
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I find myself in the mood to share a few late-night (or very early morning) thoughts with the wider world... and as I’m known to get a bit wordy when in this frame of mind, let me first just say ... that this is our beautiful Carillon, all lit up on Aspen Island for Canberra’s birthday celebrations... super pretty in pink, isn’t it?
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Now, please do feel free to scroll on to the next image on your Friday night feed at this point, as that’s certainly what insta is really for... smiley, uplifting, fun stuff...
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But if you’re still here then I’d love to share with you the very simple, but very important advice that a friend of mine shared with me (and my gaggle of merry high school mates) a couple of weeks ago. This friend and I (and said gaggle) were all young and strong and full-of-the-nonsense-of-the-teenage-years-of-life, together, once upon a time.  But after a long battle with the scourge of breast cancer, she passed away last night, aged 51 and 3/4 years... leaving behind a husband, a daughter, a sister, parents and many friends.
The simple message which she charged the remaining members of our gaggle with, resonated with every one of us... and is perhaps even more poignantly relevant today, given the events which have taken place in this part of the world, and which, sadly, occur all over the world, far too often...
Her advice?
Cherish your lives. 
Yep.  Just as simple as that. Or perhaps, rather, it should be just that simple...
Because there aren’t any guarantees in this funny old world and this crazy old life.
We don’t know what’s ahead, around the corner, or down the lane...
So, in the words of my friend, do more than just live, folks... Cherish.
Yourselves, your loved ones, and this one precious life that we’ve all been given to enjoy.
Not tomorrow.  Or next week.  Or when you have more money/time/ability/knowledge/means... Not someday.
Cherish your lives, today.
This very minute.
Right now. 
Peace and love, all.
💗💙💗💙💗💙💗💙💗

Evening, everyone. . I find myself in the mood to ...

No balloons today due to the wind, so a pic from earlier in the week.
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No balloons today due to the wind, so a pic ...

A close inspection of the Bridge at the Balloon Festival, Enlighten, Canberra. #enlighten2019 #lakeburleygriffin  #landscape #Canberra #visitcanberra #canonaustralia #australia  #rawaustralia #photography #cbr #wearecbr #canberraphotographer #balloons #hotairballoon #hotairballoonfestival #canberraballoonspectacular #canberraballoons #igerscanberra #enlighten  #canberraballoonspectacular #commonwealthavenue #commonwealthavenuebridge #bridge

A close inspection of the Bridge at the Balloon Festival, ...

One of my first attempts at portrait photography at the Enlighten festival. Thanks to @cjg_cky
For modelling with the fairy light covered ballon.

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One of my first attempts at portrait photography at the ...

I really think that this Jellyfish was probably the best thing about #enlighten2019
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I really think that this Jellyfish was probably the best ...

I have to be honest, I don’t think this is a Pure Bred Balloon. Judging by the wrinkles on its back, I think it is part Beagle and part Sharpei. 😂😂 #Enlighten2019 #enlightencanberra #wearecbr #seeaustralia #EnlightenIlluminations #ActewAGL #Enlighten #igerscanberra #sofranksocial #thiscanberranlife #igersaustraliaofficial #wow_australia2019 #igerscanberra  #pocket_nights #nature_or_nothing #efe_nature_or_nothing #mcsquared_daily #efe_snapshots_daily #capitaltoad

I have to be honest, I don’t think this is ...

Very talented pilots doing synchronised skimming on the lake at the Balloon Festival, Enlighten, Canberra. #enlighten2019 #lakeburleygriffin  #landscape #Canberra #visitcanberra #canonaustralia #australia  #rawaustralia #photography #cbr #wearecbr #canberraphotographer #balloons #hotairballoon #hotairballoonfestival #canberraballoonspectacular #canberraballoons #igerscanberra #enlighten  #canberraballoonspectacular #telstratower #blackmountaintower #balloonskimming #balloononwater

Very talented pilots doing synchronised skimming on the lake at ...

Enlighten Festival’s Symphony in the Park: #bestofthebeegees and the @canberrasymphonyorchestra. @george_ellis_1 #symphonyinthepark2019 #enlightenfestival #enlighten2019 #canberra #visitcanberra #cbr #thisiscanberra #music #livemusic

Enlighten Festival’s Symphony in the Park: #bestofthebeegees and the @canberrasymphonyorchestra ...

Enlighten Festival’s Symphony in the Park: #bestofthebeegees and the @canberrasymphonyorchestra. @george_ellis_1 #symphonyinthepark2019 #enlightenfestival #enlighten2019 #canberra #visitcanberra #cbr #thisiscanberra #music #livemusic

Enlighten Festival’s Symphony in the Park: #bestofthebeegees and the @canberrasymphonyorchestra ...

Enlighten Festival’s Symphony in the Park: #bestofthebeegees and the @canberrasymphonyorchestra. @george_ellis_1 #symphonyinthepark2019 #enlightenfestival #enlighten2019 #canberra #visitcanberra #cbr #thisiscanberra #music #livemusic

Enlighten Festival’s Symphony in the Park: #bestofthebeegees and the @canberrasymphonyorchestra ...

Enlighten Festival’s Symphony in the Park: #bestofthebeegees and the @canberrasymphonyorchestra. @george_ellis_1 #symphonyinthepark2019 #enlightenfestival #enlighten2019 #canberra #visitcanberra #cbr #thisiscanberra #music #livemusic

Enlighten Festival’s Symphony in the Park: #bestofthebeegees and the @canberrasymphonyorchestra ...

Enlighten Festival’s Symphony in the Park: #bestofthebeegees and the @canberrasymphonyorchestra. @george_ellis_1 #symphonyinthepark2019 #enlightenfestival #enlighten2019 #canberra #visitcanberra #cbr #thisiscanberra #music #livemusic

Enlighten Festival’s Symphony in the Park: #bestofthebeegees and the @canberrasymphonyorchestra ...

Enlighten Festival’s Symphony in the Park: #bestofthebeegees and the @canberrasymphonyorchestra. @george_ellis_1 #symphonyinthepark2019 #enlightenfestival #enlighten2019 #canberra #visitcanberra #cbr #thisiscanberra #music #livemusic

Enlighten Festival’s Symphony in the Park: #bestofthebeegees and the @canberrasymphonyorchestra ...

Some fairy lights on a temporary bridge over the walkway south of Queen Elizabeth Terrace, setup for the Enlighten festival.

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Some fairy lights on a temporary bridge over the walkway ...

photo_library People watching at the hot air balloon fest this morning 🎈✨🌘🌿 #canberraposting #enlighten2019 #snapshots #sunrise #hotairballoon #canberra

People watching at the hot air balloon fest this morning ...

Those of you that were lucky enough to see We Will Rock You - The Arena Spectacular in November will remember the ever so talented @sammymarceddo who played Ozzy Osbourne. 
Sammy and I caught up at the Enlighten Festival for a portrait shoot and took full advantage of the illuminations!
What do you think?
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Those of you that were lucky enough to see We ...

Balloons came close to the city centre today. These over the Australian National University at the Balloon Festival, Enlighten, Canberra. #enlighten2019 #lakeburleygriffin  #landscape #Canberra #visitcanberra #canonaustralia #australia  #rawaustralia #photography #cbr #wearecbr #canberraphotographer #balloons #hotairballoon #hotairballoonfestival #canberraballoonspectacular #canberraballoons #igerscanberra #enlighten  #canberraballoonspectacular #cbrballoon #anu #australiannationaluniversity

Balloons came close to the city centre today. These over ...

photo_library May have been a little cloudy this morning but the show was still spectacular! #canberra #balloons #hotairballoons #spectacular #enlightenfestival #enlighten2019 #enlightencanberra #visitcanberra #wearecbr #city #beautiful #festival #balloonfestival #horizon #sky #hotairballoon #favourite

May have been a little cloudy this morning but the ...

Cloudy mornings like today help to highlight the glow of the balloons at the Balloon Festival, Enlighten, Canberra. #enlighten2019 #lakeburleygriffin  #landscape #Canberra #visitcanberra #canonaustralia #australia  #rawaustralia #photography #cbr #wearecbr #canberraphotographer #balloons #hotairballoon #hotairballoonfestival #canberraballoonspectacular #canberraballoons #igerscanberra #enlighten  #canberraballoonspectacular #balloonglow

Cloudy mornings like today help to highlight the glow of ...

photo_library For the past 10 nights we've been galavanting around the Parliamentary Triangle at @enlighten_canberra. With 8 projects on the go, we've been busy, but the infectious festival vibe has kept our energy high. Thank you Canberra, you sure know how to throw a party, and you really make every night magical with your appreciation and playfulness.

We've presented 3 interactive installations: Light Chimes, Metamorphosis and Morphology. 3 sets of roving puppets: Glow Worms, Ladybirds and Fireflies. 2 activations: Neon Photo Booth and Neon Lantern Workshops.

Thank you @visabel_festivals_events for your support, cooperation and baked goods. Thank you Events ACT, and huge thanks to the local volunteers - you've cared for our installations like they were your own.

Thank you to our incredible team who've worked tirelessly behind the scenes to create our new works and then bring them life: @theindirectobject @amillionthingsmusic @taranablitt @lyallmorris @bashaut @greeniax @adamfproulx 
Special thanks to our families and friends - without your generosity we wouldn't be here: Geoff Bevitt, Ashley Connell, Gabriel Partington, David Berman, David Hayes @sarjtomathenabob @josiebevitt Ben Devlin and all the lovely people I've forgotten!
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For the past 10 nights we've been galavanting around the ...

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