I haven’t shot the Chattanooga skyline at night for a long time. And I probably shouldn’t have now, either. The sky wasn’t doing anything particularly interesting. What attracted me though, was the changing lights on the aquarium.
The aquarium hadn’t been lit at all for many months. Then, suddenly, the lights turned on and they were red. As were the lights on the Blue Cross Blue Shield building. And the lights running along the pier, the lights on the Riverwalk on this side of the river, and even the lights running along the Walnut Street bridge were covered in red film.
I asked someone if they knew why the lights had suddenly appeared in red. They guessed it was for the upcoming “Wine over Water” event, but that really didn’t make sense.
I googled Chattanooga and red lights. I got hits on all the traffic cameras at intersections in Chattanooga.
Then, on the night when I finally broke out the camera, the Blue Cross Blue Shield building was lit in pink and the aquarium lights started changing colors. The aquarium lights rotated from pink to red to orange to yellow to pale blue to dark blue to purple to pink, and finally, back to red.
I guess I should have just made a video of it because I ended up taking way too many pictures trying to get one of each color.
Then, like a kid suffering from ADD, I was more taken by the streaking head and tail lights of the traffic going through the scene than by the lights on the aquarium. What is it about long exposures with steaks of car lights going through them that’s so much fun?
But, back to the mystery of the colored lights. After shooting these, several things happened that made me suspect the red and pink lights were for breast cancer awareness. It started when I saw a “Save the Tatas” bumper sticker on a car in the grocery store parking lot.
Then, when I crossed the Walnut Street bridge, I realized there was a lighted ribbon symbol that could have been for heart disease awareness, but that’s in February. Then, the building lights were appearing in pink more often than in red. And, I learned that the 30th was the Chattanooga Race for the Cure.
So, I have concluded that the colored lights are supposed to be for breast cancer awareness and that they just started a little early (October is breast cancer awareness month) in honor of the race. That’s my theory anyway.
I still haven’t figured out why most of the lights are red instead of pink. Perhaps my theory will be proven or disproven as the month of October progresses.
In the meantime, I’m having fun with lights of all colors.