Monday, January 31, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
I think I'm turning Japanese I really think so...
Why? Because I didn't notice until later that everyone in the photo was wearing masks. I am not quite Japanese yet though, as I still cannot imagine why they were wearing masks in the clean air and uncrowded environment of a spacious Zen temple in Kamakura on a Saturday morning... The man at the back is quite alone, watering a not open to public part of the garden with a hosepipe.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Overflowing rubbish bin outside the Moscone Centre(*), just as the AGU morning session was starting. My jetlagged and coffee addled brain thought it looked startling similar to a giant frappuccino
(* If it's a "rubbish bin" it may as well be a "centre" too.)
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
The best way to soothe the disquiet caused by the uncontrollable Japanese
[waxed plum (robai) blossom infront of some temple buildings, Hokaiji, Kamakura]
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
As James remarked not long ago, the blossom is early this year. This is ume (plumish/apricoty blossom). The orange in the background is Egaratenjin. IMO, this photo looks best on a bright monitor, such that the background glows.
Monday, January 17, 2011
Oh, it's beautiful after all!
There is not much in between Mitsutouge and Fuji-san, so on a clear day you might think you would get a great view. Fuji-san is certainly very big from Mitsutouge but the problem is that in winter the sun sits over Fuji-san at around noon, which is also when you reach the summit. This makes it impossible to get as clear a shot as one would like. On this amazingly clear day James gave it a go from part way up Mitsutouge. In summer of course, the air is much thicker, so the solution would seem to be to stay overnight at a hut on the summit, and do the sunrise thing...
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Continuing the theme of beautiful views of Fuji-san...
Note the 3 mini-Fujis in the foreground, and the big one in the background.
The lesser spotted mountain pylon and Fuji-san.
Ubiquitous beautiful architecture carefully designed to blend in with the dramatic scenery.
I've also started a Fuji-san set on flickr.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Some people don't like top 10 lists, and reviews of the year. Personally I really like being reminded about the year just gone.
So I have again made a set of my favourites from 2010 - here they are. The set from 2009 is here.
I think this was the best shot - quite annoying for this electronics fan that it was taken on a cheap film camera with an exposure meter that didn't work with the lens, which is a cheap manual focus job from the 1980s. No way this will help James realise the necessity of new toys...
Friday, January 7, 2011
Finally, proof that a picture is worth a thousand words. Stoaty shamelessly misattributed my diligent and wide reading of the scientific literature to James The Delinquent, of all people. Word count on the comments to that post: 1108. Would have been nice if it had happened here, but, well, wot's a girl to do...
The Lion lives on Wakamiaooji in Kamakura. I took this photo because doing so entailed lying down in the middle of the road in broad daylight. This is only possible for the first 3 days in January when the road is closed to motor vehicles.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
mmmm... you can't beat a cosy holiday crowd.
[Hachimangu, 3rd January 2011]