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A year ago, I took the kids to their school where the traditional lion awakening ceremony took place. This year I missed it for a number of good reasons—the lamest one of all is I didn’t hear about it taking place from anyone and when someone (who shall remain anonymous) did bother to tell me, it was kinda late. Tonight, however, we went for a drive around town to check out the illumination of the lanterns right after our reunion dinner. I had for a number of Chinese New Years now wanted to capture the night lights especially one of the lanterns and an old wooden house. I did just that tonight in spite of the rain.
Last year, our new year celebrations ended with a bang as we held up a really long string of fire crackers and watched them explode and disappear very quickly. However much it cost, that quickly went up in smoke too! I liked the shot very much and as the timing of the full moon bears much significant to this cultural tradition and a hint of the lantern just completed the picture. Of course the remnants from the firecrackers debris added too the atmosphere. I am not certain if I can do a better this year considering just how wet it’s been lately, we would be very fortunate to have good weather to even let us light some up!
© Jan Shim Photography