365 photos in 365 days: Photo #259-#283

I’m BACK! hahaha!

Sorry it took me 24 days to update our blog. To be honest after we came back from our Hokkaido trip I got lazy. I still took my pictures but I just didn’t have the drive to post them on to wordpress. I’m sorry! But here are my photos! I hope you enjoy them! Sorry for making you wait 24 days!

365 photos in 365 days: Photo #235-#239

Sorry for not posting any pictures for the past week. Here are this weeks photos!

Location: Chibu-mura, Shimane-ken, JAPAN
Location: Chibu-mura, Shimane-ken, JAPAN
Location: Chibu-mura, Shimane-ken, JAPAN
Location: Chibu-mura, Shimane-ken, JAPAN
Location: Chibu-mura, Shimane-ken, JAPAN
Location: Chibu-mura, Shimane-ken, JAPAN
Location: Chibu-mura, Shimane-ken, JAPAN
Location: Chibu-mura, Shimane-ken, JAPAN
Location: Chibu-mura, Shimane-ken, JAPAN
Location: Chibu-mura, Shimane-ken, JAPAN

 

 

365 photos in 365 days: Photo #206 & #207

Good evening!

Sorry for the late post. Michelle and I went to Dogo for a Christmas dinner yesterday. We had a blast! It felt so great to eat a family-style dinner; passing food down the table, talking, and enjoying each others company.

Michelle got a hair cut yesterday! For the past month we talked about her getting a haircut before the Christmas dinner, but she felt bad leaving while we were preparing food. I told her that we had it covered so she didn’t have to feel guilty, but she still didn’t want to leave.  So I asked our friend who was hosting dinner if she could secretly make a hair appointment for Michelle.  When I told Michelle she had an appointment, she was so surprised and thankful.  Michelle’s hair turned out so great; she looked so beautiful when she came back. I took this picture after I walked her over to the salon:

Location: Okinoshima, Shimane-ken, JAPAN
Location: Okinoshima, Shimane-ken, JAPAN

While we were in Dogo, we wanted to go shopping for some boots. I got tired of walking around in my tennis shoes when it’s raining or snowing. I don’t think my poor toes can handle walking around in wet socks and shoes anymore. We went to a store that sells boots and I started trying some on.  Every boot that I tried on was way too small, I even had to cram in my foot when trying on the extra large ones.  I turned to Michelle, saying that this couldn’t possibly be the only section of boots. I walked down a couple of aisles and there they were.. the mens aisle of boots. I was so embarrassed…I tried on women’s boots!

After we did some more shopping, we took the ferry back to an island closer to home. The ferry doesn’t go to Chibu so we had to wait in Ama for about an hour. We did a little grocery shopping, bought some drinks, and played on Michelle’s iPad. While we were walking to a bench, I saw this pile of glass Coke bottles. I love how the bottles are pointing in different directions.

Location: Ama-cho, Shimane-ken, JAPAN
Location: Ama-cho, Shimane-ken, JAPAN

With the recent shooting that happened in Connecticut, it reminded me that we should all enjoy the time we spend with friends and family and to always appreciate every day we have with our loved ones. So after looking at these photos, please hug someone special in your life and tell them, “I love you.” I just did 🙂

365 photos in 365 days: Photo #183

Good evening everyone!

I know what you are thinking “Khoa why are you doing another flower photo?”

Well, it’s because I love flowers and how pretty they are. Don’t you remember me saying that yesterday? If not then you should go check out what I said here.

I love how the white flowers stand out infront of the yellow ones in the picture below. These flowers are just so beautiful! Just like Michelle 🙂

Location: Chibu-mura, Shimane-ken, JAPAN

365 photos in 365 days: Photo #181 and #182

Good evening everyone!

Sorry for the late post again. I’ve been feeling under the weather for the past two days.   I did take a picture today and yesterday when I went to the store. Don’t worry, I didn’t cook dinner. Michelle did and she made a wonderful pasta last night. I think I might have her make dinner more often. Maybe only on the weekend when she doesn’t have to go to work.

I love taking photos of flowers because they’re naturally beautiful. So when summer started coming to an end and the weather began to cool down, I got a little sad because a lot of flowers started to wither away and die. As fall kept chugging along and winter came creeping up, I started to see some flowers pop up, blooming nice and bright and beautiful even though it was freezing cold and windy. These are some of those flowers:

Location: Chibu-mura, Shimane-ken, JAPAN

I was so happy to still be able to photograph flowers at the start of winter. I am hoping that there will still be some in bloom when it’s snowing…I doubt it, but a little part of me is still hoping.

 

When ever I can’t think of a photo or I just don’t see anything on my daily walks, I go to the shrine in Chibu. There is always something interesting there for me to take a picture of.  Take a look and what I found this time:

Location: Chibu-mura, Shimane-ken, Japan

365 photos in 365 days: Photo #167

Location: Chibu-mura, Shimane-ken, JAPAN

Do you remember how I told you that we have been having crazy weather here? How we went from torrential down pour to sun then back to rain. And how yesterday was one of the few sunny days that we get before the winter weather comes in. Well that sunny day did not carry over to today. In the morning we had a lot of cloud cover with some high winds. Nothing unusual for the morning, I actually thought we were going to have fair weather and maybe even some sun. Boy was I wrong.

When I left the house to go to the kindergaten with Michelle. The clouds turned dark gray and the winds picked up like no other. As we were playing with the kids, it started to rain. A little drizzle for 5 mins then BOOM! Thunder! The little kids screamed then asked if I like thunder. I replied with a big smile, “YES!” Michelle and I were dreading the walk back because of the lack of rain gear we had. I was lucky enough to bring two umbrellas but if we left right when it first started raining, our clothes would have been soaked right down to our undies thanks to the high winds. But we got lucky again, the rain let up to a little drizzle and we had a somewhat dry walk back to the junior high.

After I did some grocery shopping for dinner, I found this patch of flowers. I love doing flower photography after it rains. I would love it even more if i had a macro lens (hint hint Michelle, christmas is coming soon 😛 ). After taking pictures of groups of flowers with different colors, I found the flower in the picture above, in full bloom but covered in rain drops, trying to soak up even a little sunshine from the stormy day.

365 photos in 365 days: Photo #166

Location: Chibu-mura, Shimane-ken, JAPAN

This picture took me a while to take. How long you ask? I would have to say about two weeks.

So when I first saw this bush it had one little flower on it; I was tempted to take a photo then. As I brought my camera to my eye, I thought I should wait a little bit longer until more flowers bloom and the bush becomes a lot more colorful. This was about two weeks ago. As the two weeks passed by we had some crazy weather, strong winds, torrential down pour, a little sun, and then back to a lot of rain. I got lucky today since it was one of the few sunny days we get in Chibu before the winter weather sets in. So when I left the house to meet Michelle after her work, I looked over to see how the bush was doing. Man, patience pays off. The bush had more flowers on it in various stages ranging from buds to blossoming flowers to full blooms to flowers on their way out.

With this picture I learned that patience pays off. When I first see something that I want to photograph, I always contemplate how to take the picture. What kind of angles would look the best. Is the lighting working for me? Would Michelle like the picture? And finally, I ask myself if the subject is really going to make for an interesting photo. Usually I can answer those questions, sometimes only half. But after taking this photo after waiting for more flowers to bloom, I am now going to ask myself, “Would this look better in a week or two? A month? Or how about a different season?”