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30 May 2005 @ 11:42 pm
A very fulfilling Memorial Day...  
The day started off with a visit to Punchbowl (our National Veterans' Cemetery) to visit my Dad and to look at all the decorations. Each year people from all over the state donate hundreds of flower leis that are put on each gravesite on the morning of Memorial Day. It's a really beautiful site to see each year!

I brought along my camera and ended up taking a lot of photos there. For some unknown reason, recently I've been getting back into the photography mood... For those of you who don't know, I actually graduated with a degree in photography over ten years ago - and just how I ended up working at a brokerage firm, I will never know. It's been a while since I've felt the desire to pick up my F5 (and yes, now it's probably a relic...) and take some pictures, just for me. Well, today was the day. :)

After taking photos at Punchbowl, I asked Mark if we could go to the Latern Floating Ceremony at Ala Moana so I could take more photos. The Latern Floating Ceremony is an annual event held every Memorial Day in which hundreds of lighted laterns are released into the ocean as a symbolic gesture of paying respect to our ancestors (and setting their spirit free) - and it also marks the beginning of the Obon season (which are services and cultural dances held throughout the summer to pay respect to our relatives who have passed on.) It's a Buddhist tradition and though some people might scoff at me for going (since I'm Christian), I see it more as part of my culture that I want to experience.

I've never actually been to a Latern Floating Ceremony before, but it was beautiful. Seeing the hundreds of high school students release the laterns into the ocean and to see the HUNDREDS of lighted laterns bobbing in the ocean and being swept out to sea was somehow the most calming thing that I've seen in a while. It was simply beautiful and I'm so glad that I was able to be there to see it! I took a lot of photos, but none with a digital so I'll have to get them processed before I know how they turned out (it's been SO long since I've had to get film processed that I'm not used to having to wait!) ;)

After the ceremony Mark & I went to get some ice cream at Coldstone... Yes, I know that I'm supposed to be on a diet, but it's been SO long since I had real ice cream (and I had the most healthy one you can think of with only fruit mix ins...) Can you tell I feel guilty about it? :P

It ended up being a very good Memorial Day. I'm so glad that I got out of the house today and did something more than just work on my websites... Sometimes I think I need days like today to get away from work, the website thing, etc... just a day that's good for my soul. Today was just the day I needed. :)
Current Mood: contentWonderful!
Daniel the California Highway Guycahwyguy on May 31st, 2005 11:53 am (UTC)
(1) Nice to know you're a photographer. After we move and I unpack all the cameras I got from my dad, I'll get your opinion on things.

(2) Working on websites: Yeah, I need to do my monthly updates, but they aren't happening due to the move. That's how life is sometimes.
Daniel the California Highway Guy: father-and-soncahwyguy on May 31st, 2005 12:09 pm (UTC)
Ah, found the list. Opinions?

Konica SLR Autoreflex T3
Konica SLR Autoreflex TC
Kodak EasyLoad 35 KE60
Fuji AutoFocus DX DL-200
Nimslo 3D
Canon SureShot 80 Tele
Vivitar Panorama PS45P
Olympus Trip XB40 AF
Nikon TeleTouch AF
Argus Cintar
Yashica AutoFocus S
Minolta Freedom Zoom 70EX

Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on June 1st, 2005 10:12 am (UTC)
Wow! That's quite a collection! Unfortunately, it's been a while since I've been active in the photography scene so I really don't recognize the cameras that you have listed. Looking at a site like http://www.shutterbug.com might be helpful to see if there has been anything written about any of the models recently.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on June 1st, 2005 09:51 am (UTC)
I used to enjoy working on my websites A LOT. It was one of the only creative outlets that I had a few years ago when I really hated my job... But lately, I don't know - it seems to have lost some of its fun for me. I think it was good that I took a break from it yesterday.
kenna_clairkenna_clair on May 31st, 2005 12:32 pm (UTC)
Ah! Now I see where the name Shutterbug comes from!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on June 1st, 2005 10:13 am (UTC)
Haha! I'm not too creative when it comes to usernames... Shutterbug is because of my love for photography and 93 is the year I graduated with my photography degree. :)
Sabine: Micki's placesabine10 on May 31st, 2005 01:59 pm (UTC)
I'm just very glad that you had such a wonderful day, Sheri. :)

I remember that I once saw a Lantern Floating Ceremony on TV. It looked beautiful and I like the thought what is behind it. Thanks for sharing the link. Right now I'm not having enough time (La Douce is calling :) but I'm sure I'll go back and read it.

*Hugs* to you. :)
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on June 1st, 2005 10:15 am (UTC)
I loved the Latern Ceremony - it was just beautiful and so touching to see! I'm SO glad that I got the chance to see it!

Hope you and Micki are well. Big *HUGS* to both of you! :D
Carecareleswhisper on May 31st, 2005 02:11 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you had the type of day that is good for your soul. :) We all need those from time to time.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on June 1st, 2005 10:16 am (UTC)
Thanks, Carrie! I REALLY needed a day like that yesterday. Work, the websites, etc have really been getting me down lately and I needed to do something not related to any of it. This was wonderful! :)
Arjaycrazyarjay on May 31st, 2005 02:57 pm (UTC)
There's actually a very cool song written about the Lantern Floating Ceremony....."All Souls' Night", by Loreena McKennitt. :)
msgrumpybearmsgrumpybear on May 31st, 2005 04:21 pm (UTC)
I concur that's a very cool song. :)
It sounds like you had a great time. Maybe someday you might post some of the pictures? :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on June 1st, 2005 10:20 am (UTC)
Thanks Laura! We had such a wonderful time. :) And I'll probably try to post some photos later this week. :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on June 1st, 2005 10:18 am (UTC)
That's SO neat! I never knew that anyone else knew about the lantern ceremony - I only thought it was a big thing in Hawaii. I'll have to try to google that song! Thanks for letting me know! :)
ajayne on May 31st, 2005 03:17 pm (UTC)
Punchbowl is pretty. The day my family and I went there, it was so hot and so humid (at least to those of us who live in San Francisco) we didn't stay very long, but... it was really pretty.

The Lantern Floating Ceremony sounds absolutely gorgeous!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on June 1st, 2005 10:21 am (UTC)
I love Punchbowl! I'm so glad that my Dad is there - it's such a beautiful place that I can't help but feel at peace when I go there. :)

And the latern ceremony was so beautiful! I'm SO glad that I decided to go, I really needed a day like yesterday. :)
Smithasmittenbyu on May 31st, 2005 03:22 pm (UTC)
I left Hawaii and I went to the Latern floating ceremony a week before I left! A local friend took me to it. Said it was an experience not to be missed. It was such a beautiful evening, and so touching! He tried explaining what was going on, and why...but somehow it didn't need any explanation!

Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on June 1st, 2005 10:23 am (UTC)
It was so touching and so incredibly beautiful to see all the laterns in the ocean - I can't explain what a sense of peace overcame me as I watched the ceremony. I'm so glad that you got to experience it before you left!
defygravity73 on May 31st, 2005 08:46 pm (UTC)
I love taking photos, too. Like you, I need to make time to get out and do it. Seems like I'm always trapped in front of a computer. =(
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on June 1st, 2005 10:26 am (UTC)
I know what you mean - when I'm not trapped in front of a computer at work, I'm trapped in front of one at home. I can't understand why I've suddenly begun to feel this way since I used to LOVE working on my sites - lately I've been needing to take more and more time away from them. :P

I'd love to see some of your photos sometime. :)
defygravity73 on June 1st, 2005 03:03 pm (UTC)
I used to love designing websites - until my job involved working in front of a computer all day. Blah!

I'm planning a picture post soon! I'd love to see your photos too!
karmastyxkarmastyx on June 1st, 2005 01:36 am (UTC)
Sounds like a nice day. :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on June 1st, 2005 10:27 am (UTC)
It was just so... beautiful - I'm so glad that I was there to experience it. :)
Rachelreelcowgirl on June 1st, 2005 02:21 am (UTC)
Sounds like you had a lovely weekend! The lantern festival sounds a lot like the lantern festival in Pacific Grove, California. I remember taking lanterns down to the beach and watching the sea of beautiful colors.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on June 1st, 2005 10:30 am (UTC)
It was such a lovely weekend - I felt so refreshed and actually ready to go back to work today (if you can believe that!) ;) The latern festival that you saw in CA sounds so beautiful as well! I'm so glad that decided to go yesterday! :)
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Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on June 1st, 2005 10:33 am (UTC)
It's so funny because Mark studied Psychology in college and is more of an analytical person, yet he works in the art field. I, on the other hand, am a Photography major who is not analytical at all who ended up working in an analytical field. :P It's just too ironic! :)
chandra on June 2nd, 2005 06:08 pm (UTC)

The lanterns on the ocean sounds so beautiful. Wish we had something like that around here.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on June 4th, 2005 07:35 am (UTC)
It was SO beautiful and peaceful. I was so touched by the entire evening that I really didn't want to go home.