Floating Paper Lantern.

Night lite on the beach. By Paul Goldfinger © Click left Night lite on the beach, between Ocean Grove and Bradley Beach.   By Paul Goldfinger © Click to enlarge. 2015.


We’re walking on the beach when we notice lights in the sky. It’s foggy, and the lights seem mysterious. We get closer and find  people near the water launching delicate floating lanterns constructed of special paper and  balsam wood.  A tiny device is set afire inside causing it to glow brightly and heat the interior.  Then the lantern is  gently released. There is no string–it is free as a gull.

The paper lantern is pinkish white as it quickly floats up and out over the ocean,  getting smaller and smaller in the night sky.  It continues to be illuminated until it vanishes into the dark universe.