Friday, April 30, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Cherry blossom was all over a while ago, but it took me all this time to decide which picktur to blog. This one is from my new girlie-weight "full-frame" camera. ...a Nikon N80.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Yesterday sister-in-law Helen had another last day in Japan. We spent much of it gawping at Fuji-san.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Time for some more flowers. Red stuff comes out really rubbish on my digital camera. I knew there was no way I'd get the blood red petals of our little boke bush to look sharp. Even with lots of underexposure, red come out kind noisy and fuzzy looking. So instead I decided to just let go and make everything noisy and fuzzy. Did this my cranking the iso up to 1600 and the focal length to 300mm. I think the result is quite interesting....especially viewed small from a distance :-)
Thursday, April 22, 2010
The trunk of the ginkgo tree which has been on display at Hachimangu since the tree fell down, was tonight wrapped up and lifted by crane onto the back of a very large truck. I wonder where it is going...
Number 3 in the series "the toxic waste part of town where we work".
Numbers 1 and 2, here and here.
It's raining all day today, and the steerer of the tandem refused. That's him in the distance. The azaleas are just outside our workplace. While the flowers are bright, it is no where near enough that one could say they "brighten up" the dismal surroundings, even though I hope the illusion caused by this wide-angle photograph may lead you to think otherwise.
I wonder if I could make even better illusions with one of these...?
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
While enjoying your luncheon of a great big squiddy on a plate don't forget to leave room for a little fish-on-a-stick-dessert.
The problem with fish-on-a-stick is that it is often not gutted. The bitter gutty taste contaminates the whole fish and makes it taste quite horrible.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Happy to report that my digestion is now fully recovered from this delicious luncheon, consumed a mere 10 days ago.
[Historical accuracy note: My main meal was a whole raw horse mackerel, while the photo is of sister-in-law's squid, which I helped her finish.]
Monday, April 19, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Crab apple (kaidou) flowers at about the same time as cherry blossom. A few temples in Kamakura have special kaidou trees, although many trees can be spotted in gardens once you know what you are looking for: hot pink buds and distinctive groups of leaves behind the clusters of blossom. The blossom in this picture was just about the first to open on one of two feature trees positioned in front of the main temple building at Myohonji .
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Myohoji was Nichiren's base, from where he went street preaching in Kamakura. While the front garden and buildings of the temple seems normal enough, behind the Deva gate is a damp dilapidated world of green whose centrepiece is a very green staircase.
Friday, April 16, 2010
What with all the tour guiding, we saw a lot of cherry blossom this year. Unfortunately for the inlaws, it was not such a good season as last year. Not only were the skies rather grey, but the unreasonably cold weather prevented the flowers from blossoming simultaneously. Nevertheless, many people enjoyed cherry blossom viewing.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Helen, my tall sister in law, is very good at spotting birds. Here is one she found yesterday on the Hakone side of Myojin ga take. Japanese white-eyes are fairly common here, but this was bigger, browner, with a bright yellow beak and different shaped spectacles.
Does any one have any idea what it is?
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Experimenting with life as tour guides. Perhaps we won't give up the day jobs quite yet. Here is Matsumoto castle, which is very nice. The only other place in Japan that I've seen such a high proportion of white people as in Matsumoto, is on Mount Fuji. We have travelled through Matsumoto railway station many times on mountain climbing trips, but have never before passed beyond the ticket barrier. Tomorrow another first - we hire a car - thanks to James' recent acquisition of a license.