Huntsville, Alabama – May 2019 – Chinese Lanterns at the Botanical Gardens

On a recent road trip we found ourselves in Huntsville, Alabama for one night, with our hotel about a mile from the botanical gardens. While looking for something to do that evening we discovered that the Chinese Lanterns were in town at the aforementioned gardens.



We arrived about 45 minutes before sundown to check out the gardens. The fountain was catching the setting sun just right to make a rainbow.



The family of geese were heading home for the evening.



As the sun was setting we stopped by the stage to watch the martial arts demonstration.



Now that the sun had mostly set, the lanterns were vivid in their illumination.



The setting in the botanical garden provided a more interesting setting than we were used to, with ponds to display (and reflect) the lanterns.



There was a large display of one we hadn’t previously seen.



The main display on a pond was fantastic.



Huntsville is a much smaller city that Columbus, yet they put on a nice show.



We usually see the lanterns around Christmas in Ohio when it is very cold. It was nice to check them out in summer attire.






Columbus – December 2018 – Annual Visit to the Dragon Lights

So my friends at WordPress have changed their editor, so we shall see how this posting comes out!

What has become an annual tradition is a December visit to the State Fairgrounds for the annual Chinese Dragon Lights. In my opinion they are far more colorful and brilliant than any Christmas light display.

There were over 30 displays, all with the fabric framing and back lighting.

This year each had a small sign detailing the display, as well as a small ad. It is good to see they have the support of the business community so we are assured this will continue to be an annual event.

Not expecting to end up there on this evening, all the photos here were taken with an iPhone!

In addition when we went into the pavilion for the entertainment, it was packed. Without a zoom lens, this year’s blog posting is strictly the exterior displays.

The new editor does not allow additional spacing between the photos.

Still despite the photos from an iPhone, and the quirky new editor, the display are vivid online, as well as in person.

This display seems to make it’s way around the midwest each year. Earlier in the year it was in Cleveland, so it is not a ‘Christmas thing’.

To accompany the panda display they had televisions with a live view of panda’s at a zoo in China.

The tunnel lead to the ‘grand finale’

While there were a number of new displays, the castle was a repeat, but worth it.

Always a great evening – the Chinese Dragon Lights.

Columbus – December 2017 – Revisiting the Chinese Lantern Festival

December has brought the Chinese Lantern Festival back to town. Celebrating the art and craft of Sichuan, China, the lanterns are a beautiful combination of fabrics and light.

As you enter the grounds you are immediately greeted by a canopy of lanterns.

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The displays are very large – the one below is approximately 50′ across by 15′ high.

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Many dealt with wildlife, most coming from the Chinese Calendar.

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More nature is celebrated with giant flowers.

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The Lovers arches.

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This year the entertainment was moved inside, avoiding the extreme cold that often occurs in December in Ohio. These young ladies had amazing agility and strength.

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The face-changing actor was the only return act from last year  – still amazing.

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The plate spinners. While we don’t often repeat activities the Chinese Lantern Festival will be an annual event.

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Columbus – February 2017 – Closed for the Season

To me there is nothing sadder looking than an amusement park closed for the winter. Today while leaving the Fairgrounds we saw the equivalent, the Chinese Lantern Festival decorations just stacked back in the corner of the grounds awaiting shipment or storage.

We went to the Chinese Lantern Festival in early December and it was beautiful

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On this day though the lanterns and other decorations sat forlornly along a fence, like discarded toys.

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