Thursday, August 31, 2006


Oh, I've lapsed again.

On Tuesday, being my last full day of the summer vacation, I went up to Senjogahara and the smaller Odashirogahara for a hike and to take lots of photos. It was much cooler up there, too. I haven't finished editing all the pics I wanted to from the summer, but this is one that pertains to a photo in today's paper - showing waremokou, or burnet (it's in the rose family, apparently). It's a harbinger of autumn, I guess, from the accompanying article. This is one of my shots, with a dragonfly.

Friday, August 25, 2006

The Miner

I did a touristy thing today seeing that my summer vacation will soon draw to a close. I went to the Ashio Copper Mine, whcih operated from 1610 to 1973. There were 1300 kilometres of tunnels built in that time. Of course, only a very small section is open as a museum. I might write more when I less tired....

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Spring Flow

Another shot from yesterday. Green and cool. I liked how there was a mist floating just above the water, which, by the way, is decidedly delicious.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Spiky Spider

I went on a photography expedition up a mountain today. I saw several of these very long legged spiders. This one had been with its partner hanging on a rope, possibly mating, but I did get a good shot of that. Notice the spike on its back.

New Fireworks

Hehe, it's nice t be on vacation.
We went to my work town's fireworks display on Saturday; we got there much later than I had hoped and found a good spot to take photos. I had imagined wandering around the stalls seeing lots of my students, but I only went for a short time to the end of the row of stalls to buy some fried noodles and didn't see anyone I recognised.

Sunday, August 13, 2006


There's a summer exhibition of Okinawan marine life at one of the department stores this month. I feel sorry for some of the fish, being biggish in smallish tanks - like a baby shark (unless it's a very small full-grown one) swimming around with an injury on the tip of it's nose.
This is a variety of shrimp that was less shy than another kind that was extremely ornate.

Friday, August 11, 2006

In The Amazon

I've certainly been lazy with processing and uploading my photos recently. I went to the river park aquarium yesterday where they're having a special Amazon River exhibit. This is an Amazon Horned Frog.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Up a Ladder

We went to part of the summer festival yesterday. Each year, this fire brigade group does the traditional ladder-balancing act (some ladies do it aw well). This was just before sunset.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Having a whale of a time

When I went to Tokyo yesterday, I got some fish head masks for my cousin, who runs a costume hire shop in Melbourne; naturally, I couldn't pass up the opportunity for some self-portraits before sending them on.

I took lots of photos for the Looking Up challenge - it's going to be a tough task choosing which one to submit.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Well, hello there, Kitty!

I went into Tokyo today for some shopping and photography. Next to Tokyo Station is the Hato Bus terminal I always call it "pigeon bus" because "hato" also means "pigeon" in Japanese). Most of their buses are yellow, but they have a couple covered in Hello Kitty livery...
Kitty Bus
Of course, I couldn't do much about the refelctions on the windscreen.