I was seriously neglecting the blog last spring/early summer, so I’m looking at the archives to see what you might have missed. Here are a few of my faves from a walk through Arnold Arboretum. As always, click on the photos to embiggen.
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.
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:
Detail of a clematis, Arnold Arboretum.
White lilac, Arnold Arboretum.
Bleeding Heart, Arnold Arboretum.
Bee, looking for pollen in a wisteria, Sagamore Cemetery, Mass.
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.
Made this image last week: it’s detail of the Buzzard’s Bay Railroad Bridge over the Cape Cod Canal in Bourne, Mass.
Close up of snow on a rhododendron pod at the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain, Mass.
More detail, this time of a bud with what appears to be seeds stuck to it. Also at the Arboretum. .
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.