Sunday, July 30, 2006

A Side Temple

All the photos I posted from my trip to Nikko the other day were of flowers.... so here's one of a little side temple that I had never visited before - maybe it's not usually open.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Fireworks on TV

The Sumidgawa Fireworks were shown live on TV Tokyo tonight, and here's a photo of one of the entries in the competition.

Friday, July 28, 2006


Some of the superb lilies that were growing in a garden in Nikko. There are quite a few around. It's a yamayuri, or mountain lily.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

In Search of Zen

I went up to Nikko to find a suitable subject for a Zen photo. I'm not sure if I came away with anything simple enough for the dpc CHallenge.

I did get some flower and insect shots as well.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Back to the bloggy

Being on summer holidays, one just getrs lazy about blogging.
Here are a couple of shots from last Saturday, the festival in Moka. I considered entering the girl on the portable shrine into the Gold challenge, but as I had already made a special detour on my trip to Tokyo, I decided to keep that one in (doing not very well...).
The main reason I went to the Moka Festival was to take photos of the fireworks. 20,000 of them in a show of 90 minutes or so. (It included a laser display which I couldn't see very well). At last I was able to try out the focussing technique, which I had read baout last year.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Bamboo Firefly

Hmm, been too busy to take photos until today - unofficially, the start of my summer vacation. So I went into Tokyo for some shopping. The train took about an hour longer than usual because the recent rains have affected the track in some places, so it means Go Slow.

Anyway, this bamboo firefly was in a window display in Asakusa.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Lantern-lined Street

I went down to Oyama yesterday and it rained heavily in the evening, apparently. Fortunately, when I was riding the bike back from the station it wasn't raining. I stopped and took this street scene, thinking it would fit the Lines challenge, but I don't think it would go over so well with the voters - certainly not compared to what the big guns will produce.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Not the Luxury Today

I thought I was only going have to teach only two lessons today, but my offsider Yui was away sick so I had to take her two classes as well. I had been hoping to do a whole lot of photo editing, which is why I took my computer in to school. In the end, I only got three done, including this bee. Through the viewfinder, I saw it create that droplet.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Ridiculous and Sublime

One of the sixth grade classes has a travel agency's calendar in the wall. The May picture was of Disneyworld in Florida with Mickey Mouse climbing the fake mountain (Matterhorn?). I thought it was very amusing. The June photo was of Mt Kilimanjaro, and they had cut out Mickey and stuck him in the picture. Very amusing. Last week I noticed that they hadn't changed it over to July yet, but today, there he was, floating over some part of Hawai.i. So I went and got my camera from the air-conditioned staff room and took a photo of it - but, as expected, the lens fogged up because of the change of temperature - hot and muggy classroom.

And then sunset just after 7pm. This is after a rainy day of hot and muggy weather - and FOG. It seems strange to have fog in summer, but there it is. It was especially evident in the morning in the town where I work.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Busy Bumblebee

I've been as busy as this little big guy, so photographing and posting every day is not really possible. I took him on Thursday. The deputy principle at one of my schools is a very keen gardener, so the entrance is always festooned with flowers.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Them Eyes

One of the dragonfly photos I took yesterday - a 100% crop; that is, no resizing, just cropped off edges to make the long side near 640pixels. I still haven't had time to do any deep and meaningful editing.

Having seen some of the entries in the Stationary challenge, maybe I shouldn't have entered this or similar....

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Somewhat Stunned Dragon

I went out with my camera at recess time to take some photos of the red flower - hibiscus? - and some kids put this dragonfly on it; it was rather docile after having been handled. Later I got some really good macro shots of an un-kidhandled dragonfly - will post later here and/or on dpc.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

JPG Frog

An outtake for the special Straight from the Camera challenge, a local frog which I put on top of oneof the cars. In the end, I didn't use a frog picture for the challenge...