Tuesday, May 30, 2006
The sky was dramatically heavy in other places - it was raining heavily when I got to the East Library, and there were lots of lightning strikes around the prefecture, according to the weather report on TV.
I finally got my own library card. I borrowed a couple of Popular Photography magazines.
Monday, May 29, 2006
And then she asked me to do an "interesting face". It's a gookie, like Harpo Marx used to do (though my eyes aren't crossed in the photo...). (A bit of high pass filter this time)
Saturday, May 27, 2006
The pine cone figure was in one of the rest rooms; it represents some famous character who was known to study, study, study, reading his books while walking, carrying a bundle of firewood. Most elementary schools have a statue of him somewhere.
Friday, May 26, 2006
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
There's one of eleven cherry trees along the school fence that actually produces cherries. I've mentioned before that most cherry trees are sterile. After the emergency evacuation practice, the teacher's aide shook the tree's boughs for the cherries to drop.
I think they're second graders; I don't know them so well.
Monday, May 22, 2006
The third graders at school were on an excursion today, so I was allowed to leave after third period; I went to the cinema complex to see The Da Vinci Code. I hadn't realised it was Men's Day there, so I got in at the discount price ;-) The film is pretty good; I mean, I don't think it's as bad as the critics have been making it out to be. And I don't know why people say I look like Jean Reno. He has a large hooked nose, for a start, and brown eyes....
Sunday, May 21, 2006
So, I'll have to wait until next year and you have to put up with this gourd balloon that's on display at one of my schools. It's surprisingly close to the floor.
Friday, May 19, 2006
Well, not the standing figure, but the two faces use hiragana and number kanji. I'm not sure about the whale, either, but the were singing a song while drawing it.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Sunday, May 14, 2006
I went out for a walk in the afternoon, actually hoping to find a frog to put on my lanscap for the lenscap challenge. I didn't find any frogs, but there were some dragonflies and damselflies down by the creek. I guess they were taking advantage of the fine weather, because it's been quite dull lately.
I was quite surprised that I could get so close to these guys as they the type who are usually quite camera-shy. The bottom one is certainly an Ookawa tombo ("big river damselfly") Mnais nawai, the male. I'm pretty sure the top one is the female of the species.
Friday, May 12, 2006
I changed to the white balance for some of the shots - this was "Shadow" - but I didn't change it in the RAW editor to a more natural colour green in the background. (Purple seems ot be a hard colour for my camera to deal with .;;;)
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Just to show you how boring things are this week, here's a picture of a yellow flowering plant that I presume is related to the lettuce or cabbage family; the leaves certainly look cabbagey. I should find out what it's called some day, then promptly forget what it is. I'd been trying for a few days to think what dogwood is called in Japanese (having posted a picture a while ago of its pink flowers) (and, yes, I could have looked back), but I didn't remember it until I was perusing the Japanese newspaper this morning, which mentioned the Hanamizu Festival somewhere.
Monday, May 08, 2006
I missed seeing my car's odometer turn over to 123456 km this morning, but I saw it at 123465 km. It's back to the commute after Golden Week, where it takes 10 or 15 minutes to get onto the bridge... :-(
Friday, May 05, 2006
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
We went up to Nikko today, and actually went on the Shinkyo, the Sacred vermillion bridge, which has been open for walking on (a;beit a special platform over the bridge surface) since the renovations finished last year. The open season was supposed to finish in April, but has been extended for a few more months. However, all the pictures I took were 15 to 35 minutes before the dpchallenge rollover, so would be ineligible. ............
I also took some photos of the Kirifuri waterfalls, which were more visible than last time we saw them because the trees aren't in full foliage yet.
Finally, we went further up the mountain to a Japan Post Office affiliated hotel to go to the onsen (spa bath). Not a natural one, because it was on the sixth floor/roof. I also went into the sauna, which had a 12 minute clock. I'd never seen a 12 minute clock before.