Lantern Festival

Last week, we attended a Lantern Festival at Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain. The Lantern Festival draws its inspiration from the Japanese Bon Festival – a yearly celebration when a door opens to the world of their ancestors, which allows loved ones to send messages to the other side. The highlight of the festival is when those in attendance light a candle inside their lantern, then set it into Lake Hibiscus. Tables were set up allowing people to decorate their lanterns however they chose (hubby photographed one with a sharknado), and a group of women painted messages in Japanese for those who requested them.

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May Flowers

I’d say the April showers did what was expected of them, because the flowers this May have been breathtaking. Here are a few shots from last weekend:

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Detail of a clematis, Arnold Arboretum.

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White lilac, Arnold Arboretum.

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Bleeding Heart, Arnold Arboretum.

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Bee, looking for pollen in a wisteria, Sagamore Cemetery, Mass.

Word A Week Challenge: Zoom

For this week’s challenge, I could go on and on. I love my 300 mm zoom lens, I love getting close-up shots, and I very much love the new macro lens my husband bought last fall, and hasn’t been allowed to touch since. But, since the theme’s “zoom,” and not “macro,” I was able to narrow down my selections.

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Made this image last week: it’s detail of the¬†Buzzard’s Bay Railroad Bridge over the Cape Cod Canal in Bourne, Mass.

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Close up of snow on a rhododendron pod at the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain, Mass.

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More detail, this time of a bud with what appears to be seeds stuck to it. Also at the Arboretum. .

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Close-up of some sort of plant or other, last summer, at the Arboretum (are you sensing a theme here?).

There you have it. If you have “zoom” photos you want to share, head on over to Sue’s place.