I do love lights. Each year we go to the Chinese Lantern Festival. For the second year running it was held in Hagley Park; we were stuck in traffic for 30 mins with all the other thousands of people also wanting to go there. The paths were thronging with people of all ages, babies being pushed in prams, and dogs being walked by their owners; all who were wanting to get a good look at the lanterns lining the trees and the river. I figure the best time next year to visit will be later in the evening after 9.30 pm when the masses are starting to make their way home after having their full of Chinese food and before the festival finishes at around 10.30 pm.
You can click on each of these photos to see them larger on your screen:
Check this post for photos from the 2012 Chinese Lantern Festival: https://diannesphotojournal.wordpress.com/2012/03/01/dragons-and-scary-looking-girls-in-hagley-park/.
I’ve recently set up a Flickr account to backup my photos online. I’ve put the rest of my photos from the evening here if you want to view a few more: http://www.flickr.com/photos/97210148@N08/sets/72157634085339170/
Well my camera definitely doesn’t take nights shots at all well. These were the best ones, and I’ve edited them.
The girls and me went to Taiaroa Head at sunset on our Christmas holiday to see the blue penguins at night. There were over 300 penguins that night making their way up the beach to their mate and to their chicks. They wait till about half an hour after sunset till they come in making sure that there are no predators about; there was a seal jumping around the sea that night. They started arriving about 10 pm and came in in groups for about half an hour.
They’re about 30 cm tall; not much bigger than the seagull in the last photo. It’s well worth the trip (a trust runs a guided tour, but all profit goes directly back into saving the penguins – http://www.bluepenguins.co.nz/). You can read more about the penguins here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Penguin.
I’m pretty pleased with how well these photos came out, considering I took them on my phone; just a Sony Ericsson, nothing special, and I didn’t really expect any of them to turn out well. A last minute decision for us to go to the Chinese Lantern festival on the way back from a friend’s house meant I didn’t have my camera with me.
Previously this festival has been held in Victoria Square, and I think I’ve been to all of them. Last year’s festival was cancelled because of the earthquakes. This year it was held in a corner of North Hagley Park, and judging by the throng of the crowd, it worked out as a pretty good venue.