September 19, 2014

Wishful Thinking

Photograph by Sherry Zhao, National Geographic Your Shot

“The sky transformed itself into a splendid and surreal sea of lanterns carrying all kinds of wishes,” writes Your Shot member Sherry Zhao of the scene at the Yi Peng Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Here, a couple makes a wish before releasing a lantern into the night sky. “This enchanted moment is truly embedded in my memory,” Zhao writes. “I’m glad I was fast enough to lie down on the ground and capture the serene moment between this young couple, who drew my attention with their sincere expressions before sending out the lantern, sending up hope.”

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35 comments
Alex Sibirmovskaya
Alex Sibirmovskaya

You know, it would be much better has it not been photoshopped. If you look close, you'll notice same lanterns and group of lanterns repeated. Has no one really noticed that?

Deb Kingsley
Deb Kingsley

Very cool! Their wishful and hopeful expressions bring meaning into the shot!

Lisbeth Rook
Lisbeth Rook

Unique shot.  The sky is filled with beauty.

Nancy Kara
Nancy Kara

You were so lucky to be there !!! So many wishes and you are below them all! I wish people continue to shoot honest pics like this!!! :)

Shannon T
Shannon T

What an interesting perspective. It makes me think of jellyfish.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

Wishing lanterns,wishing wells,and just plain wishing is what we all do at times! But to have gotten this amazing shot,may I say, was not wishful thinking! A great photograph caught in a most unusual way that needs congratulations.  j.e.s.........

Ali Tunkiwala
Ali Tunkiwala

Beautiful! What a lovely moment captured in time. Faith keeps the world going:)

Larry Nocella
Larry Nocella

A beautiful picture but I'm also curious where and how they come down. Might be an interesting pic to see this along side the next morning with these things floating burnt in the river. Why, no, I haven't had my morning coffee, why do you ask? Haha. Seriously tho - great pic but I'd also like to see the morning after that would probably make a cool pic too. Peace.

J. Marya
J. Marya

It may be very romantic, releasing a lantern and good wishes and so on ... , but in fact it is a fire launching into nowere without any control, risking to put everything on fire into dry country or putting houses on fire where little children are asleep ... this should be banned and nationalgeographic should not post this kind of photos, it puts people bad ideas into their head ... very irresponsible !!!

Kabaalee K
Kabaalee K

Its ironic and fascinating that just the previous day's picture is a frozen land and this one has prayers with fire!

Miguel Farah
Miguel Farah

@Kabaalee K Ice and fire? Someone should write a song about that!

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