Ahh- was the weather this weekend not pure perfection!? The mornings were cool, the evenings were cool, the days were warm. It was pure heaven. We have put our yard projects on hold in preparation for our upcoming honeymoon to Hawaii (sorry- you may hear about it a lot this week- I am just so excited!) but I found mini projects just for an excuse to be outside.
Unfortunately, the welts on my ankles are a sure sign that the mosquitos are still around- but for a moment, let's pretend we have a festive evening gather with no mosquitos. We have a beautiful weeping willow tree in the back yard and, once I get it trimmed, I'd love to incorporate some sort of lights.
While many cultures celebrate light, or the breaking of darkness, I am drawn to the Asian tradition of hanging lanterns.
Lanterns via Nikdaum
East Promenade Chinoise Garden via Hagoody Flikr
OK, these might be a little much for our backyard. Here's one that still uses a lot of lights- but see how it illuminates the pathway below?
Garden of Lights-Flikr
Below, another Asian photo- I love how the lanterns weave from tree to tree.
Here are some Eastern influences into the Western world. I love the simplicity of the white against the brown of the trunk and green of the leaves.