Saturday, December 22, 2007

Light (This week's Photo Hunt theme)

I'm not sure whether tnchick meant it to be so but as it so happened, I found this week's Photo Hunt theme to lend itself well to being festive- as well as light-themed. In any event, from my ever-growing digital photo archive, here's one photo taken during a very local -- we're talking neighborhood, not even single territory or regional culture! -- festive celebration and another that got me thinking of Christmas (a day which is fast approaching as I write this!).

More specifically, the abstract -- and artsy? -- looking top photo actually is a blurred shot of the head of the 67 meter long -- and really quite spectacular! -- Tai Hang fire dragon that's made up of thousands of burning as well as lighted incense sticks plus stalks of dry straw and pearl grass as it quickly passed by me this past September.

As for the bottom photo: I took that early one evening in Macau, before it got really dark but after the lights went on, and it's of St Dominic's Church, a religious establishment with a violent past but also a beautiful building whose main entrance is on the former Portuguese enclave's very picturesque Senado Square.

On a more mundane note: I will shortly be going off for a bit somewhere where I won't have regular internet access. So I hope that my fellow Photo Hunters will understand if this week, I don't visit as promptly, etc. as usual. Also, yes, I do hope to be back to my more usual ways next time around! And in the meantime, here's wishing everyone (else) who'll be having it "Happy holidays"! :)


ellen b. said...

the shot of St. Dominic's is beautiful. enjoy your trip away...

Carver said...

Those are both great shots. Have a happy weekend.

idealpinkrose said...

great shots! i hope i can visit there some day..

mine is up: here.

lissa said...

I like the first shot- a nice abstract.

Have a wonderful week!

caryl said...

nice shots... happy weekend!

denz said...

wow! stunning photo,indeed you have a great picture... keep it up!!!

here is mine:
Happy Holidays c",)

david mcmahon said...

My favourite is the second shot, especially because of the colour of the sky.

Anonymous said...

Great photos. At first, I saw little angels floating around, until I made the photo bigger. I think I like my imagination,.. lol. Wishing you a Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Yen said...

I love the second shot too! Very nice!
Here's mine for this week!
Yen's Photo Hunt
Happy Holidays!

YTSL said...

Hi ellen b --

Thanks, and I do hope that I'll enjoy my first extended vacation in some eight months! :)

Hi carver and caryll --

Thanks and hope you have a great weekend too!

Hi idealpinkrose --

Definitely hope that you can visit. Both Hong Kong and Macau are great to visit, to my mind.

Hi Lissa --

Was thinking that the first shot was something you might take (as well as like)... ;b

Hi denz --

You mean photoS, right? ;b

Hi David McMahon --

Yeah, I like the color of the sky in that second photo too. :)

Hi kissedalotatoads --

Hahaha, and yeah, sometimes the imagination can be a great thing. E.g., what I thought was the fire dragon's eye turned out, after making the photo bigger, to be a window in a nearby building!

Hi Yen --

Another vote for picture number two... interesting! :)

Leesa said...

They're both great choices :)

Gattina said...

Very nice shots !
BTW the word piss has the same meaning ! The legend says that this little guy peed on the Spanish invadors to stop them and saved Brussels, lol ! That's why he is famous and has a statue that every tourist has to visit !

-TNChick- said...

I'm glad you told us what that first photo was - I had no idea!

Merry Christmas from Tennessee!

Natalie said...

Great shots! Happy holidays!

My light pictures are up now too! :)

jams o donnell said...

Great photos! have a happy weekend and a very happy Christmas

mott said...

Haha..for someone who doesn't hv reg. internet access....thanks so much for dropping by mine!!!

I love the first pix.. was trying to figure it out at first... ;-)

kljs said...

Nicely light decorated building.

Anonymous said...

The first picture is so dramatic, and the church is beautiful!

Have a wonderful holiday :)

Randi said...

I love the upper one!
But they are both great shots.
Happy Holidays!

SnoopyTheGoon said...

The first picture is very unusual, I am at loss for words. Happy holidays.

PowersTwinB said...

That photo of the dragon must have been amazing to see in real time! Hurry back from where you are going...and thanks for visiting my hunt today!

jmb said...

Always a good photo and some interesting things to learn. Excellent as usual. Have a great weekend.

pelfy said...

I would say both your shots are great! And thank you for leaving a great comment in my post. Merry Christmas and have a happy day ahead!

CRIZ LAI said...

Those are some simply amazing shots. Merry X'mas and a Happy New Year :)

alpha said...

oh i love the shot of the church..

thanks for the visit..

Linda said...

Really cool pictures! Thanks for sharing them! Mine is up too at

Merry Christmas!

Willow said...

Great ghostly shot of the dragon.

YTSL said...

Hi leesa --

Glad you like both the pictures. :)

Hi Gattina --

Thanks -- for the compliments but also for answering my query re one of the subjects of your Photo Hunt this week! :)

Hi TNChick --

Yes, well. Sometimes, a picture says a thousand words and other times, they need words to accompany them! ;b

Hi Natalie --

Thanks and happy holidays to you too! :)

Hi jams o donnell --

Thanks and happy days (be they weekends, christmas, etc.) to you too! :)

Hi mott --

Wow, you don't have regular internet access but still participate in the Photo Hunt? Talk about dedicated!

Hi kjls --

Agreed! ;)

Hi a. and Randi --

Thanks and happy hols to you too! :)

Hi Snoopy the Goon --

Wow, you're at a loss for words? That doesn't happen too often, right? ;b

Hi PowerTwinB --

I'm back!!! But am off again tomorrow, only to somewhere where I WILL have regular internet access... ;b

Hi jmb --

It's always nice to see a 'regular' visitor and you're most definitely one to me now! :)

Hi pelfy --

Thanks, you're welcome, and thanks too for the e-card! :)

Hi Criz Lai --

Thanks and seasons greetings to you too! :)

Hi alpha --

Thanks and you're welcome! :)

Hi Linda --

Sharing is a pleasure and cool, isn't it? :)

Hi Willow --

It IS ghostly, isn't it? ;D