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WORD-A-WEEK CHALLENGE: CELEBRATION

“Make every day a holiday and celebrate just living. 

Amanda Blake

BIG-EYED DRAGON
BIG-EYED DRAGON

Sue of Skinnywench has put out a fun word-of-the-week challenge with “Celebration” .  To see more about it, visit her here .  With Thanksgiving just behind us, and Hanukkah and Christmas just ahead, it seemed a very timely idea.  I am also celebrating my second Very Inspiring Blogger award, this time from Julie of lespetitpas.  Thanks to Juls for recognizing me! – you can check out Juls’ blog here .  So celebration for me is not only timely but appropriate.

BIG GREEN DRAGON
BRIGHT GREEN DRAGON

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”

Oprah Winfrey

I was fortunate to be in Southeast Asia during their celebration of Chinese New Year.  It’s a HUGE event there, and the festivities go on for many days.  It’s also an important time for families to gather, and for gift giving.  Without knowing what was going on, we chose a restaurant in central Bangkok for our dinner one evening, only to find it was in the middle of the square where a major festival was taking place–a photographer’s dream, and yes, just dumb luck!

POINT OF VIEW
POINT OF VIEW

“This universe is a celebration, and you are the spectator.”  

Francis Lucille

There was amazing color, noise and people-watching everywhere we looked.  Food was being cooked on every corner, red lanterns were strung overhead, and fun was clearly the order of the day.  Here then, a few more colorful shots of the festivities!

RED LANTERNS
RED LANTERNS
CAT WITH BAT - WHO KNOWS WHY!
WELCOMING THE YEAR OF THE “TIGER”
COFFEE MAGICIAN
COFFEE MAGICIAN
COLORFUL DRAGONS
COLORFUL TOY DRAGONS
ROAST CHESTNUTS - GET 'EM WHILE THEY'RE HOT
ROAST CHESTNUTS – GET ‘EM WHILE THEY’RE HOT

And, not to be outdone, happy celebrants in Hoi An, Vietnam that same week.

HAPPY TIMES
HAPPY TIMES

Thanks again to Sue for her challenge, and to Juls for my Very Inspiring Blogger award.  I haven’t repeated my award requirements, but to see the responses on my previous award, visit that post here

NOTE:  All shots taken with Nikon D/300s and Nikkor 18-200mm lens.  As an aside, this post is a great testament to the lens.  While not as glorious as my favorite Nikkors, the 70-200, or my newer 10-24mm, it is small, relatively light and offers very good range. Hence the nickname “walk-around” lens for maximum flexibility in diverse shooting conditions.

  1. Big-eyed Dragon – 62mm, f/4.8, 1/50, ISO 2500
  2. Bright Green Dragon – 84mm, f/4.8, 1/40, ISO 2500
  3. Point of View – 75mm, f/8, 1/160, ISO 800
  4. Red Lanterns – 95mm, f/5.3, 1/100, ISO 400
  5. The “Tiger” – 75mm, f/7.1, 1/1]200, ISO 400
  6. Coffee Magician – 28mm, f/5, 1/250, ISO 1000
  7. Toy Dragons – 130mm, f/5.6, 1/125, ISO 1250
  8. Chestnuts – 31mm, f/4.5, 1/80, ISO 1600
  9. Happy Times – 95mm, f/5.3, 1/250, ISO 200
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