A Chinese dragon

From the Chinese New Year Festival last weekend, here's a Chinese dragon!  I caught a glimpse of this wonderful creature from across the crowd and maneuvered to get a decent shot.  It was tough with him dancing about and all, but I thought this was worth sharing.  He only made a brief appearance, but that's what makes dragons so mysterious, right?

Ka-boom!

Last weekend, I went to a Chinese New Year celebration that was occurring here in Austin.  It was a lot of fun. They had Chinese dragons, lion dancers, and of course a lot of firecrackers!  I was able to squeeze in fairly close while the firecrackers were a-crackin', and got this shot.  There must have been a couple thousand of these things exploding - I felt deaf for a little while afterwards, but was glad I got the shot!