Sakura Showers

Last week, Khoa and I took a trip to Tokyo. I was determined to see some sakura, so even though it was raining, we negotiated the puddle-filled streets to visit Shinjuku Gyoen.

I’d like to be able to take credit for these shots, but this is all Khoa. But I was the official umbrella holder while he was shooting, so maybe I get +1.

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 #185

Today was a good day. I had a relaxing time with Michelle, trying to stay warm in our little house and watching the walking dead. That show is so awesome. If you haven’t watched it yet then you should start now!

After we watched the Walking Dead, Michelle started to get sleepy so she took a nap. I was trying to find something quiet to do so I wouldn’t wake her up and I decided to go for a walk. On my walk I saw this palm tree that is being grown in a pot. I first wanted to get a picture of one of the leaves from the tip to the trunk but that didn’t work out too well. I started to get discouraged until I saw this twisted leaf. I love how it was different than all the rest. I guess it’s good to be different every once in a while.

Location: Chibu-mura, Shimane-ken, JAPAN

365 photos in 365 days: Photo # 168

Location: Chibu-mura, Shimane-ken, JAPAN

Man! Our neighbors have some really cool objects in their front yard. Everyday I walk by and always want to take a picture of their stuff. It wasn’t until this week that I just said to myself, “Do it, take that picture.” And I took that picture. As a matter of fact I took more than one picture; the past three daily pictures have come from our neighbor’s front yard.

This purple shell (used as a decoration in our neighbor’s front yard) is from a clam that you can eat and harvest in Chibu. I didn’t know that clams come in multiple colors, I thought they are all white.  The deep purple color you see is actually the shell’s natural color, no added paint or anything.

Michelle and I first encounter the shells back in April of last year during a festival held in Chibu called Odaishi-san mawari.  During this festival, we visit the different shrines around the island and eat food prepared by the women who live in each area.  The festival started as a way for common people to follow the ways of Kobo-Daishi, a famous  monk, by visiting small temples in the neighborhood.  During one of our stops at a shrine, Michelle and I were treated to these colorful clams. And there’s not only purple clams, but bright red and bright orange ones, too. I was amazed. Not only did they look beautiful but they tasted great! 🙂

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?”