It is warming up a bit though more snow and ice is predicted for later in the week. Very cold weekend in the offing. Couldn't that groundhog have taken this year off?
One of my favorite places to visit with a camera slung over my shoulder (and some lenses, batteries and other stuff bulging out of my pockets) is the Jianguo Holiday Flower Market and Jade Market. The large sheds that contain the markets are under a very large highway overpass thus adding an extra level of protection from the periodic torrential downpours of Taiwan. I've taken many hundreds of shots there, being limited only by physical exhaustion. Below are three of paper lanterns for sale in the market. I have a similar one hanging over my desk. Ignatius had it in his room when we were in theology at Weston Jesuit. In the frantic rush to pack (the car to pick him up for the airport was in front of the house and he wasn't done) he left it behind. I kept it. I would have purchased one of these but the odds of getting it home in one piece were not good.