Friday, September 29, 2006

Crane Fly (as Karen suggests. Thanks, Karen)

This is the same insect from the other side of the glass. View the full-size picture b clicking on it.


This huge bug was hanging on the window. I took some shots from inside as well (may post later). Very long legs. But it has those two protuberances sticking out of its back, which I guess must act as some kind of stabilising mechanism in flight, or they have sensors on the ends of some type.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Mini Pumpkins

Yesterday, there was a big box in one of the classrooms of small pumpkins, some of which were very photographic. But I didn't take my camera to school yesterday. Today I did, and there was a display in the entrance, so I took some photos there. Some girls were standing around, so I didn't really make the best job of it in the limited time I had...

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Do insects feel pain?

A-chan holds a dragonfly by its wings. It looks like its mouth is open, screaming. (Click on it to see the bigger version, if you've never done that before. ;>þ)

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Wooper Looper

One of the third grade classes has an axolotl in a bottle, er, tank. For some reason, they are called wooper looper (upaa rupaa) in Japanese. There was a huge fad of them in the 1980's. I took this on Thursday.

I wanted to try to get a good shot for a macro, but nothing groundbreakingly brilliant, so will try something else for Abstract Macro.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Sherpet's Leaves

The vice principal at one of my schools is a very keen gardener and she keeps the entrances to the school chocka-block with plants. So this is a tribute to Queenslander Sherpet, who has made a name for herself with close-ups of variegated leaves.

Oh, and after converting from RAW, I just adjusted the contrast and resized it in Irfanview. ;>þ

Wednesday, September 20, 2006


This was a Buddhist priest chanting in Ueno yesterday. Maybe I should have put it in the Leading Lines challenge - my entry is doing very poorly at the moment, but I sort of expected that...

Tuesday, September 19, 2006


I went to Tokyo today, to a specific palce to take my Free Study for this month. I think I got a pretty good picture. Anyway, I was riding the Yamanote train into Tokyo Station when I saw some cows. I remembered seeing an advertisement in the newspaper about them: Cowparade in Marunouchi. So I went to take some photos of the ones outside the front of the station. There are about 65 of them in the area.

The website is Cowparade, but there's no mention in the archives of the artistic cows I saw in Calgary six years ago(maybe they're a permanent installation, unlike these ones which will be auctioned off).

Monday, September 18, 2006

Seed Hand

This was my weak attempt for the dpc Seed challenge, probably quite rightly not entered (even if I had done better editing). This was what I was doing the other day when the fly was dying. I actually thought that there would be some similar entries but I didn't see any in a perusal of the challenge thumbnails.

Of course, if I'd had the time to put them all over my face ... that would have been very messy, and my camera's autofocus doesn't work:::::

Sunday, September 17, 2006


Bagworm, Minomushi
While Typhoon No. 13 was playing havoc on Kyushu, it was just cloudy here ... but maybe it will disrupt my plans to go to Tokyo on Tuesday :-(

When we arrived home today, I saw this minomushi, or bagworm, on the wall. Good thing I had my camera handy. Anyway, I guess it's one of the bags that had been built on the nearby (to humans, at least) hedge. The worm used the bags as a shell, and went inside briefly when she became aware of me (as it is the female which stays in the larval form and remains in the bag).

Friday, September 15, 2006

Large Fly, Close-Up

I was at school today with nothing to do but take photographs, vote on dpc, and do some laminating. The kids were practising for their sports carnival tomorrow. So, in the entrance hall, where it's quite bright, I saw this large fly on the floor - long body, long wings. It just stood there.

I did some Seed shots, then noticed the fly twenty minutes later like this:

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Rice Lines

Leading Lines? I don't know where they lead to, but I thought it was worth stopping in the rain and getting a few shots off. So, obviously, rice harvest has started...

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Just Sticking My Head In

... because I realised I haven't posted in so long. I haven't actually used my camera much this month. I took some photos of a bonsai tree for the Single Tree challenge, but they weren't of Challenge Standard. So here's a photo from the other week when I went to Senjogahara. Lazy, aren't I?

Friday, September 01, 2006


This deer was on the other side of the stream near the beginning of the trail when I was going back to my car. It was busy eating so its head was mostly down.

Another shot from Senjogahara. I mean to make a folder of summer photos at dpc - I wonder if I'll ever get around to it.