Night was drawing in when I took this photo of the trees and street lights in Albert Square, Manchester, dressed in red lanterns to celebrate Chinese New Year.
The auspicious colour did seem to have mystical properties, glowing even in the dusk as the lanterns danced in the wintry wind.
My iPhone is so comfortable with low light that, despite the conditions, it pretty much salvaged the picture. The resolution suffers, but it’s captured my impressions of being there and added an otherworldliness.
The Year of the Monkey starts today, 8th February 2016, and lasts until 27th January 2017. I’m sharing this picture to wish you happiness and prosperity.