As we've found out previously, there's plenty to see around Sydney when the Vivid festival is on. During several days, I visited a few corners of the city to see what was actually going on. So let's conclude this journey and see how the Taronga Zoo is doing!

It's located on the other side of the harbour, so we have to take a ferry to get there. Fifteen minutes, and you're on the other side... and if you're lucky, you can even catch a pretty sunset, too.

A pretty sunset.A pretty sunset.

Unlike all other Vivid shows, the one in Taronga isn't free, and you have to pay $25 or so for a ticket. A shuttle bus takes you from the ferry terminal to the zoo entrance, which is where crowds have gathered already. Thankfully, all the real animals are relocated to their “sleeping quarters”, so they don't have to deal with all this craziness; however, plenty of other animals, made out of fabric and light, take their place. Let's have a look!

The first of the lemurs.The first of the lemurs.

Quite a few of them scattered all over.Quite a few of them scattered all over.

A few menacing spiders.A few menacing spiders.

Disco crocodiles.Disco crocodiles.

Spooky bees.Spooky bees.

The spookiest of them all.The spookiest of them all.

A possum. Or a wallaby. Not too sure.A possum. Or a wallaby. Not too sure.

A Sumatran beast.A Sumatran beast.

A positively glowing chameleon.A positively glowing chameleon.

A gorilla kid.A gorilla kid.

A sea horse (well, at least a part of it).A sea horse (well, at least a part of it).

A family of lions.A family of lions.

A Sydney elephant.A Sydney elephant.

Some kind of an ant-eater. The tongue is moving slowly back and forth.Some kind of an ant-eater. The tongue is moving slowly back and forth.

On the way back across the Harbour.On the way back across the Harbour.

There's certainly a lot to look at, and my photos only show about 1/3 of what's actually there. However, it's time to go back to the CBD area, because things happen there as well, even though on a slightly lesser scale.

A few installations are located next to the Argyle street, and one of them is shaped into a lot of glowing bubbles on sticks. If you blow into a nozzle at one end of the installation (guarded and sanitised by a festival employee), the music begins to sound, and the bubbles begin to light up chaotically. Quite cool! There's also a peacock that fans its tail, a plethora of projections around the buildings, and lots of other stuff. And lots of people, of course. The crowds are staggering, especially during weekend!

The Digital Playground.The Digital Playground.

The bubbles.The bubbles.

The bubbles up close.The bubbles up close.

A pretty peacock.A pretty peacock.

The trees are also decorated, of course.The trees are also decorated, of course.

So are the buildings.So are the buildings.

On a pretty big scale at times!On a pretty big scale at times!

Free hugs, anyone?Free hugs, anyone?

This time, Kate is sharing all this with me as well, and I use this opportunity to try my best at portrait photography, which isn't my speciality either. The light is scarce, and the auto focus on my Canon 80D is not quite reliable in these conditions, but some images turn out to be fairly okay.

Kate in red tones.Kate in red tones.

Kate in yellow tones.Kate in yellow tones.

Kate in green tones.Kate in green tones.

Kate in purple tones.Kate in purple tones.

Together we make our way back to the Darling Harbour and see how things are going there. A few people sell glow sticks (which the festival's guidelines do not recommend purchasing, by the way), and there's a few smaller installation located at the Tumbalong Square. All of them interactive, of course, and there's a lot less people around, too.

The merchant and the tourist.The merchant and the tourist.

The merchant's basket.The merchant's basket.

At the corner.At the corner.

A cute Chinese building.A cute Chinese building.

At the Blacklight.At the Blacklight.

Tumbalong Lights.Tumbalong Lights.

The city never sleeps.The city never sleeps.

So yeah, that's how it all looks, or at least that's how I saw it with my own eyes. Hope you enjoyed this little excursion as much as I did, and now let's get back to my regular landscape photography and travels across the outback!

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