365 Day Project - Day 1
365 Day Project - Day 2
365 Day Project - Day 3
365 Day Project - Day 4
365 Day Project - Day 5
365 Day Project - Day 6
365 Day Project - Day 7
365 Day Project - Day 8
365 Day Project - Day 9
365 Day Project - Day 10
365 Day Project - Day 11
365 Day Project - Day 12
365 Day Project - Day 13
365 Day Project - Day 14
365 Day Project - Day 15
365 Day Project - Day 16
365 Day Project - Day 17
365 Day Project - Day 18
Posting early so I can get some sleep when I come back from work. I got jealous when I saw Mark Mohlmann's flower shot, so I had to take one of my own. This is the flower of a holiday or christmas cactus in a pot on our balcony. When I was a kid, they only had red flowers. Today, there are something like 40 cultivars with various flower colors and shapes.
365 Day Project - Day 19
This is my favorite kitchen utensil. It's a colander or strainer - but not just any strainer. I've had it since I first moved to Japan in 2001, and it's known me longer than my wife. It's made of stainless steel, and won't rust. Instead of screen mesh, the strainer metal is flat, with regularly spaced holes stamped in it. It's a dream to clean, and is large enough to hold couple of liters of pasta, soba, or udon. And it will go over my son's head if we ever have another serious earthquake here. :-)
This shot will serve as my 365 day challenge, and the house wares challenge photo - no time to look for something nicer to shoot.
365 Day Project - Day 20
My snow shots weren't so good, so the only thing I really liked were some test shots I took with my iPhone DSLR Remote (DSLR Bot). I set the camera on a counter - prefocused it on my hand, and hit the button. Not much light, and high ISO - but the remote worked quite well. I desaturated all colors but pink using a filter in LR3.
365 Day Project - Day 21
(G. curt fiedler - G is for 'gold')
This shot's going to have to serve as both my 365 and 7 day project shots. I couldn't resist taking this of a huge periodic table in a HS science classroom we use for our labs.
365 Day Project - Day 22
Ma-cha or green tea, frothed nicely with a bamboo whisk.
365 Day Project - Day 23
Not much time for photos, so this will have to do.
My favorite dark chocolate in Japan. Bitter, just like my heart. :-P
365 Day Project - Day 24
Even less time for photos. I came out of our building, and was read to head to the train station. Noticed these small icicles hanging from the bike parking roof. Took a couple of quick shots and almost slipped on the ice. So, I went back up and switched to water proof shoes.
365 Day Project - Day 25
Just a 15 minute walk in the park yielded lots of great shots. This was one of my favorites. These are ice crystals that formed from water in mud around some footprints.
365 Day Project: Day 26
I have no idea what kind of ornamental plant this is; it grows with some others on my balcony - one of those types that blooms in the Winter. I was in a rush to shoot while I had sun, and decided to spray it with water.
365 Day Project - Day 27
Took this on my way to class, walking along the sea wall at Yokosuka. Something about this shot kept drawing me back to it, before I finally chose it. I thought in might be the contrast between the rusting pier and the blue water. However, the more I stare at it, the more I think this sort of looks like a face.
365 Day Project - Day 28
Took this near the previous day's shot at Yokosuka. This bird was foraging with a different type of bird. It's probably a juvenile blue rock thrush. He was very camera shy. This is also not a bad rule of thirds example.
365 Day Project - Day 29
Our friends visited with their cute baby Alyssa. She's a month or two younger than Joji. Looks like they are in a staring contest at this point. I used the Aged Photo filter in LR to give it an old style appearance.
365 Day Project - Day 30
Wow - took only one shot, and this is it. It's a bolt on the barrier separating our balcony from the next apartment's. Was in a rush and this is as good as it was gonna get.
365 Day Project - Day 31
Most people in Japan don't have clothes driers, and they hang their clothes out on the balcony. This balcony in the apartment building to the left of us always gets these tree sparrows hanging out on their clothes poles. Today, there were maybe 6 birds, all but one left before I took the shot. The resident doesn't particularly like the birds, and every once in a while I'll hear a 'thump' from a someone pounding the window to scare off the birds. I think the apartment above or below puts bird food out, and this balcony just happens to be at tree level.
365 Day Project - Day 32
This morning, the shoji (paper doors) of the bed room were still closed. The wind was vigorously blowing the laundry on the balcony and I couldn't resist taking a photo of the shadows of outside. I used a cyanotype filter here, to give it an ethereal feel.
365 Day Project - Day 33
Some folks just aren't morning people.
365 Day Project - Day 34
Cold mornings, waiting for the pre-school bus, are often the only time I can spend with my girls on weekdays with my current schedule. (Aged Filter in LR3) [Similar shot as Photo-A-Day, sorry.]
365 Day Project - Day 35
Had a few minutes of afternoon sunlight on the balcony after I got home from work Saturday. This flower was sticking up way above anything else in the planter, begging to be photographed. (Sorry, no idea what it is).
365 Day Project - Day 36
My iPod Nano replacement came in the mail today. Not sure I like the touchscreen very much, but it is pretty.
365 Day Project - Day 37
Got this one taken, just under the bell. Weather is overcast, cold, rainy and I just didn't have time to shoot anything interesting in the day time. If you aren't from Japan, you might not know what this is. The out of focus part is decorative, but the other end is the business end. I use this nearly every day. What is it?
365 Day Project - Day 38
The heavy overnight rains slowed to a drizzle by afternoon. I took advantage of the let up to get out and take a few macro shots of drops on plants before I left for work. This is a variety of Camellia japonica called, "Otome Tsubaki" that blooms over the winter.
365 Day Project - Day 39
Not much time again today, so I decided to induce Joji to crawl across the floor and shoot a few pictures. The first bait was the tissue box - he knows those are great fun. But I found it tough to shoot over that from the floor, so I decided to use my iPhone. He's smart enough to crawl half way, then stretch out his meaty paw to pull it towards (of course) his salivating mouth.
365 Day Project - Day 40
Oh me, oh my. It's like I died and went to Nikon lens heaven. Took this at Nikon's lens display at the the CP+ photo industry expo in Yokohama today.
365 Day Project - Day 41
Chinese Apricot or Ume blossoms. Thought I could do better than the shot I made with my iPhone the other day. Unfortunately, I forgot to turn on the VR of my 70-300mm lens. Not the sharpness I'm used to.
365 Day Project - Day 42
365 Day Project - Day 43
In my walk around my neighborhood this afternoon, I came upon this small shrub with yellow flowers - nearly in full bloom. Was hoping it was winter hazel, but it was something even more interesting, called Japanese Allspice, or Wintersweet. The petals look quite waxy close-up.
365 Day Project - Day 44
Joji is very active at 6 months- dragging himself across the floor like a seal chasing a bucket of fish. I can hardly get a shot off before he grabs for the camera.
365 Day Project - Day 45
In Japan, the custom is for women to buy men chocolate on Valentine's day. (And men are supposed to reciprocate on White day - 14 March) The cool thing is the huge variety of available (and often price) Chocolates. My wife got me this Charles Darwin Zoology chocolate set of two birds. Last year was alligators. I like.
365 Day Project - Day 46
The ume blossoms (Japanese plum or apricot) near our apartment are starting to pop out. I took 10 minutes this morning trying to get a decent shot in overcast weather. Did alright, even though I used my small SB400 strobe.
365 Day Project - Day 47
This is one of my most prized possessions, a Checkered Cowry (Cypraea tessellate) shell. These are fairly rare, and endemic to Hawaii. I found it while diving in Hawaii many years ago. My daughters keep taking it from my desk, even after being told repeatedly that it was important to me. So, I'm often retrieving it from their play area. My middle daughter doesn't realize that her middle name (Alison) was given to her to honor E. Alison Kay, malacologist and cowry specialist from Hawaii.
365 Day Project - Day 48
After bringing Hana to the school bus stop, I took a quick walk through the park to see if I could find anything interesting to photograph. I came across several of these green leaves on the tile with water droplets on them. They were too irresistible to pass up shooting.
365 Day Project - Day 49
On my way to the train station in Yokosuka, I realized the light was waning, and I hadn't photographed anything yet. I was pretty happy to come across this fabric shop on a side street, displaying bolts of kimono cloth on a sidewalk display.
365 Day Project - Day 50
Sunday was the first day in a week that Nami felt well enough to go outside. So, I took them to the park next door. They cajoled some guy blowing bubbles with his daughter to spend 10 minutes giving them something to chase. It was great to see these smiles on their faces and hear them laugh.
365 Day Project - Day 51
In Japan, people always wear these masks in public - particularly during cold and flu season. Some folks do it to minimize exposure to pollen and dust, others do it to minimize sharing their viruses with others. My wife asked me to wear one when we thought I might have caught a flu. Needless to say, I can't stand these - always steaming up my glasses. Also, people tend to be startled when they see gaijin wearing them.
365 Day Project - Day 52
Well, the woodpecker shots I took weren't up to par, so here's yet another Ume shot (Japanese plum or Chinese plum). I decided to desaturate and selectively color most of the blossom in Nik's Silver Efex 2.
365 Day Project - Day 53
Had yet another chance to get close to the pygmy woodpeckers that cruise the park in the mornings. They weren't very cooperative this time, usually avoiding spots with the best light. I liked this shot, because he or she twisted its neck around to get at something under the bark.
365 Day Project - Day 54
Nasty gray, rainy, cold morning today. Not inspired to go out and take shots - with or without the umbrella. This was all I could manage. Wouldn't you know it by 1:30pm when I left for work, the sun peeked out and accompanied me on my commute. It obviously knew I left my camera at home. (>_<)
365 Day Project - Day 55
The sun was out on my way to work Friday. I noticed some very tiny compound flowers in planters that I had overlooked before. I was impressed with their intricacy.
365 Day Project - Day 56
Yet another flower shot... Saturday, while waiting for a few students to finish up, I took a walk around the building. It had been raining all morning, so I hoped to find some interesting drops on plants or other things. I came upon these in the midst of some shrubs - I recon it's one of many varieties of Japanese plum (ume) based on the month and shape of the blooms.
365 Day Project - Day 57
Boy, this shot didn't come out as I thought - talk about lack of focus. Only one of my kids was healthy today, and she decided to build a Lego replica of what was going down in our home - everybody sleeping in the middle of the day. You can even see the dog snoozing in his house.
365 Day Project - Day 58
Bird's eye view? The ghost of Mr. Chicken? Today was sunny, but the arctic chill coming off the north wind really stifled my drive to take the Nikon out of the bag on my way to work. After I got my lab session started later in the evening, I found some interesting skeletons to photograph, including this pigeon. Here's looking at you, kid.
365 Day Project - Day 59
Found several interesting plants along a hewn rock wall at Yokosuka. These paper white daffodils (Narcissus or Chinese Narcissus to some) seem to have been planted in a few spots, and were less weedy looking than the rest.
365 Day Project - Day 60
Leap day hit with a vengeance. (BTW, why isn't this the 366 day project?). By 1pm, when the snow slowed, we had 3 inches on the ground or more. And it was mostly wet. By 5pm, snow on the paved surfaces was a mixture of slush and ice. If the temp falls below 0 tonight, it will ice up and make tomorrow am hellish. Oh, and these are branches of the large cherry tree in our apartment complex' open area. Their blossoms should start popping in 3-4 weeks.
365 Day Project - Day 61
Apparently walking around on slippery sidewalks for two hours is more difficult than I thought. Despite not falling or slipping, I ended up with excruciating leg muscle pain later in the evening, and could barely walk. So, all I could muster was this macro shot of the electric space heater in my work room. Set the controls for the heart of the sun!
365 Day Project - Day 62
Too busy to shoot in the rain Friday, but I did have some time after my lab class ended. The most colorful thing were some beads we used for a 'predation' simulation. Maybe next year I use M&Ms instead. :-)
365 Day Project - Day 63
Today is Girl's Day, or Hinamatsuri. My in-laws have this awesome set of traditional dolls we put up every year for our girls. Kuniko's brother just had a daughter - so now it's for three girls. This year, though, we only put up the top shelf of the display - with king and queen (shown here). These old dolls are special. Handpainted, though starting to show a bit of wear. I think the hair is real as well.
365 Day Project - Day 64
My wife, Kuniko, dressed up in a kimono today for our friends' wedding party. I took several shots of her, but none of them using strobe came out so nice. This one just in the bathroom, brushing her teeth, seemed to capture something special for me.
365 Day Project - Day 65
Catching up! My work room wall space is reserved to show off the artistic talents of my daughters. Sometimes, we have to trim these when the kids are asleep. ;-O
365 Day Project - Day 66
Not much time, but the sun came out before I had to leave for work. I took a few shots of potted plants on the balcony before hitting the rails. I liked the detail on this one the best.
365 Day Project - Day 67
Was puttering around in teaching lab between lecture and lab, and came upon this loupe, amount other optics. The cool thing about it is that it shows what a persons bones look like when you point it at them - but only upside down. No, really! :-P
365 Day Project - Day 68
Waiting for the pre-school bus this morning, and my eldest, Hana, excitedly pointed out this tiny caterpillar (or could be some other insect larva) on a stone wall. It was less than 1cm, and perfect size for my macro.
365 Day Project - Day 69
Rainy day again, but found these small Mimosa (aka Silver Wattle - an Acacia) blooming near the Yokosuka Naval Hospital. The wind and light were not cooperative, but I managed to get a couple OK shots.
365 Day Project - Day 70
Question- What do you do when there are 180 dice in a bucket, and your students are taking their final lab exam? Answer - get creative. I call this shot "Quantifying Your Luck".
365 Day Project - Day 71
This somehow felt appropriate on the Tohoku earthquake anniversary. My daughter Nami holding up a fallen plum blossom in her not so clean hand.
365 Day Project - Day 72
I was testing out a new strobe (SB700) and decided to look closely at some tiny white things I'd seen on bushes near our apartment for a few months. These are actually cottony cushion scale insects, and are serious pests of citrus crops in some places. You can see tiny legs hanging on to the twig if you look closely.
365 Day Project - Day 73
These beautiful flowers are only 5-7mm in diameter, and are Persian Speedwell. They often carpet grass covered areas in the area we live. I love taking macro shots like this, b/c there is no way I'd see these details otherwise.
365 Day Project - Day 74
My son, out for a stroller spin in yesterday's cool, pollen laden air. :-O
365 Day Project - Day 75
We made a last minute decision to go to Lake Yamanaka on Thursday afternoon, with the mom-in-law, in the shadow of Fuji. We got to our hotel just in time for me to dash out and catch the sunset, on a relatively clear evening.
365 Day Project - Day 76
Taken from the same spot as the day before, but at 5 in the morning, when the sun rose. I was happy to see a bit of red tinge to Fuji, despite freezing my butt off to take these shots.
365 Day Project - Day 77
Today was was on the bittersweet side. The professor that has sponsored my lab research at Tokyo Metropolitan University is retiring. We had a farewell party for him on campus. I'm very happy he can retire and spend time with his family. Unfortunately, it means my own research efforts here may come to a halt, as I have no other way to do lab work. Regardless, three cheers for Dr. Tadashi Aotsuka (dude with flowers) on a career well done.
365 Day Project - Day 78
Another rainy day sent me out with my camera and flash with an umbrella. Fortunately, clear plastic umbrellas are very common here. These are flowers of a common shrub called Red Veined Enkianthus. They also come in coral pink color.
365 Day Project - Day 79
365 Day Project - Day 80
Took my middle child, Nami, out to play before lunch. It was a holiday from her preschool. I can only hope she gets this pole-dancing stuff out of her system before she hits her teens. :-O
365 Day Project - Day 81
I first saw this a few days ago in some planted areas around our apartment complex. They seemed striking to me, but I couldn't ID it. Then by chance, I saw something similar on a UK garden site when looking for Winter Hazel. This is a type of Hellebore plant, not native to Japan.
365 Day Project - Day 82
Go directly to jail. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.
365 Day Project - Day 83
Last minute shot of some foam in my beer glass. Now you know what St. Sebastian Grand Cru looks like up close.
365 Day Project - Day 84
Yesterday was an awesome day for walking around the neighborhood. Some afternoon sun, and lots of flowers in bloom, and water drops to play with because of the rain earlier. This is an emerging bud from butter cup winter hazel. The buds are maybe 6mm, the flowers are tiny and yellow.
365 Day Project - Day 85
My friend Mr. Tanaka took me up to the hills on the border of Sagamihara - mostly countryside. He showed me his friend's house, and old traditional Japanese house. The first floor was converted into a string making factory - used to be silk. Unfortuantately, it wasn't being used much anymore - just a conversation piece.
365 Day Project - Day 86
Ahhh! Finally! A bit late this year, but now we have blooming sakura (cherry) trees. OK, we have one in our neighborhood. Looks like a Chinese Sour Cherry - a rather small tree a few blocks from our place. Most of the other trees should pop in a few days to a week.
365 Day Project - Day 87
Not much time today, so the best I can manage is a shot of Nami running in the park. I took her there for a bit to play with friends (school holiday) and play she did. I was pleasantly surprised there was no nose picking in the shots I took.
365 Day Project - Day 88
On a brief walk on Camp Zama, I noticed some flower clusters on some scrawny shrubs. These are Spiketails, according to my plant books. I noticed an insect when I took these photos, on the right side. Now when looking at the processed image, I see 4 legs of a spider hanging on to the flower, the remaining 4 likely grasping the small fly.
365 Day Project - Day 89
Had a narrow window in time to walk around and take photos this afternoon. I saw some new things, but was most stricken by the blooming Spirea. Each flower is only 5mm in diameter.
365 Day Project - Day 90
I bet folks are getting sick of seeing flowers. This is Rapeseed. If you google it, you'll find it is an amazing plant that is used for cooking oil (canola!), lubricants, and a source of biodiesel. It's very common in Japan along railway tracks.
365 Day Project - Day 91
No flowers today, just rotten girls. I took them out to play in the warm Spring rain this afternoon. They were stunned when I told them to jump around in the puddles and get wet. They were happy to let their mama know later that I made them do it.
The 365 Day Project: Day 126
The 365 Day Project: Day 131
For some reason, I didn't use my DSLR for 5 days, during the time I returned to NY/NJ area, then back to Japan. The Saturday after I returned, I went out to shoot some photos, and came back later than my wife wanted (forgot my phone) and found a surprise party waiting for me. (No, the beer can is not open - Joji was disappointed.)
The 365 Day Project: Day 132
Mothers Day, with my wife Kuniko, and our three monsters.
The 365 Day Project: Day 133
This a Japanese clematis, sometimes called 'pinwheel' or 'lessen' (folding fan). I was actually trying to focus on the spider, but he moved before the autofocus could settle in. Bonus bugs are these little red mites you can see on the flower parts.
The 365 Day Project: Day 137
Wasn't motivated to photograph when my GI tract was on strike. But managed to get a decent shot of this pale grass blue butterfly on shamrock flowers on a quick walk around the apartment.
The 365 Day Project: Day 139
Boo! Robberfly on my balcony, perched on a wire of a planter.
The 365 Day Project: Day 140
Found this little abandoned boat toy at the edge of the pond in the park across the street. It's an interesting metaphor for several things, some personal.
The 365 Day Project: Day 142
Although I enjoy going to the aquarium, I don't enjoy taking photos there. The lighting is awful (and you can't use flash), and the tank walls are so thick that most anything gets distorted. But this shot came out half decent of the head of a lion fish (Pterois app) in a relatively well lit tank. I never knew they had all these tiny spines along their snouts.
The 365 Day Project: Day 143
Took my daughter, Nami, out to look for bugs. But she had other ideas, including climbing on the roof of this play house in the park. This was better than her insistence that she should be able to use my 3lb camera + lens to take pictures.
The 365 Day Project: Day 144
Pretty Miss Hana lost her first baby tooth yesterday, at 5 and a half.
The 365 Day Project: Day 145
Took a short trip to a park (Dohogawa) maybe 20 minutes away, to see if the dragonflies and damselflies were different that what I saw in the Fall. I was pleased to find two new things, including this large dragonfly called Yama Sanae.
The 365 Day Project: Day 146
Spent the afternoon with my girls at Komoroebi Forest - found lots of interesting insects. My favorite was this Clown Stink Bug. This one has pink lines unlike the previous ones I've seen with red lines.
The 365 Day Project: Day 147
I spent a couple hours in Shikino Mori at Nakayama, hoping to find some dragonflies. Only found a couple, but lots of other interesting things. One of them was this caterpillar, which reminds me of a rasta sheep.
The 365 Day Project: Day 148
Not much time Tuesday, and wanted to photograph something other than bugs. I found this mosaic inlaid into the walkway on a side entrance to Sagami-ono station. There was a smaller version nearby - both pointed to magnetic north, I believe.
The 365 Day Project: Day 149
Not the greatest shot, but the best chance to take these guys sitting still. These are Asian House Martins, and I've walked by their nests for months - not knowing they were there. These are nesting under an overhang of a parking ramp. After watching them buzz by, I finally looked up and saw the nests. Should have been more observant of the poop all along the ground.
The 365 Day Project: Day 151
On Friday we went to Hakone with the in-laws. We stopped at a nice botanical garden on the way to the hotel. Unfortunately, it was raining, so I stayed to take photos, while the others went to the hotel. I spent a couple hours there, and eventually the sun was out long enough to get this nice shot of a water-logged Hakusan Taigeki blossom.
The 365 Day Project: Day 152
Drone fly on a daisy - reasonably sharp.
The 365 Day Project: Day 154
On my way in to Camp Zama, found a few flowers to take photos of. I was focusing on this small Pink Evening Primrose, and didn't even realize this small hoverfly was making a beeline (pun intended) to the same bloom. Got some nice shots of it feeding just after. Unfortunately, the large stamen is not in focus, but it was a lucky capture.
The 365 Day Project: Day 155
After a not so great outing in Yakushiike Park, I took a walk around the neighborhood, using Google Maps on my iPhone - found some interesting trees and a river bike path with some steps down to the water. This Japanese Tree Frog was in a marshy area, and didn't move a lick while I snapped away.
The 365 Day Project: Day 155 BONUS PIC
Sitting at a bench, eating my lunch, and saw a small (~1cm) spider dart out on the dirt below and just sit. I picked up my camera, and shot a couple exposures - thinking I didn't have too many wolf spiders. Upon checking the images, noticed the babies on her back - so I shot lots more.
The 365 Day Project: Day 156
Wasn't even going to bother with this, until I saw a FB post that it was going on now, and the clouds miraculously parted for a bit (and rain stopped). No preparation - loaded my 70-300mm, stepped down aperture to the like 40, then zipped shutter to 1/2500 - 1/3200s, looked up, focused and started snapping. I popped on my polarizer filter for the last 10 shots, but not chance to set it. I'm still alive, despite not using sun filters. Bonus from this shot is that the venus sized dots on the clouds tell me my sensor is dirty, dirty, dirty.
The 365 Day Project: Day 157
About the only time I had to take photos on Thursday was on my way back from Tamagawa University. This is an ornamental onion plant called 'Wild Rocambole'. Most of the fleurettes are gone - wish I had seen it the week before.
The 365 Day Project: Day 158
This is a naturally occurring variety of the Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora var. adenochaeta) with pink highlights on the flowers. I was impressed with the intensity of the colors - didn't have to boost anything!
The 365 Day Project: Day 159
Walked through Serigaya park in Machida on this rainy day. My best shots may be of this robberfly all covered with rain drops. Except for the high ISO grain, even I was impressed. Unfortunately, these may be the last shots I took with my Nikon D90. Although I had a rain cover on it, I didn't realize water was dripping down my wrist into the battery chamber, when I held the camera sideways. (>_<)
(I'll post my best shots of this on SmugMug.)
The 365 Day Project: Day 160
My new friend Hidekazu took a picture of a tiny baby praying mantis on Saturday, on the hydrangea (ajisai) near our apartment. I found this one Sunday, on the leaves below the blossoms. Maybe it’s the same individual.
The 365 Day Project: Day 161*
Had no time for photos today - took the younger kids to the embassy to apply for passports. So, I'm going to 'cheat' and take another decent shot from yesterday. This is a small species (~15mm) of robber fly, I encountered Sunday afternoon. It resembles a small parasitoid wasp, but closer inspection shows that it is indeed a fly.
The 365 Day Project: Day 162*
Another rainy day, and another shot from a different day. This is from Saturday, at Serigaya park. This walking stick was maybe 18cm in length, and not minding the rain at all. Or me, for that matter.
The 365 Day Project: Day 163
Went out for a couple of hours today to Yamato, where there a two parks connected by a long path along a river. Saw these little spiders on daisy type flowers for the first time. Apparently, they are orb weavers, and leave their web in the day to wait for prey on flowers and leaves.
The 365 Day Project: Day 164
Using a photo from the day before again. (Dragonfly I shot with iPhone wasn't there when I came back with my camera...). This is a type of Lynx Spider called Sasagumo. I like its spiky legs and hairy pedipalps.
The 365 Day Project: Day 165
Went to a nearby park I hadn't been to, near Zama City Office. Saw quite a few things, but few dragonflies. I like this shot of a juvenile assassin bug ready to go after one of these lace bugs.
The 365 Day Project: Day 166
It's the rainy season, and pretty much everything is damp outside. If you like Hydrangeas (ajisai), there are no shortage of wet flower shots. Here is something a bit different - an oxeye daisy.
The 365 Day Project: Day 167
Took this at my in-laws place yesterday, before we had Father's Day Dinner. This is a blackberry blossom. I hope to eat some before the birds get them.
The 365 Day Project: Day 168
I spent a few minutes testing my camera in the evening, and snapped a few shots of this nice ornamental flower. [If you know the ID, please tell me.] Seems my autofocus is not always working, except for this shot.
The 365 Day Project: Day 169
OK, I didn't take this shot today, but a week ago when I went to Yakushi-ike Koen and got bored. This was a mini-shrine outside a typical shrine in front of a forest. You find small shrines like this dotted all about Japan, even in the middle of urban areas. What I liked about this one is the newer marble base decorated with these old figurines, and a small stuffed bear.
The 365 Day Project: Day 170
Looks like I'll be cheating for a while - my D90 is in for repairs. I took this a few days ago at a park in Zama City. This is a type of firefly, called Munekuriiro Hotaru in Japanese. It doesn't have a strong light, nor is its abdomen very yellow at all.
The 365 Day Project: Day 171
Another shot from last week's Yatoyama park in Zama. These little red aphids really stood out against the green plant. Must be easy for ladybugs to find them as well.
The 365 Day Project: Day 172
Another Archive shot - from June 1, the water garden in Hakone. This flower is called Japanese Jacob's Ladder - looks much nicer with the water drops from the rain.
The 365 Day Project: Day 173
Archive diving again... 7 more days for my D90 to come back.. This is the inner portion of a Hydrangea flower (Ajisai) from last week.
The 365 Day Project: Day 174
Another archive shot from a week or so back. This is a floret from the outer part of a hydrangea flower cluster. The colors of these flowers varies from white to pink to purple and even blue, apparently related to soil conditions - like pH.
The 365 Day Project: Day 175
Launch! This is a common copper, ready to leave these Hydrangea buds
The 365 Day Project: Day 177
(Skipped a day, but my camera is back.) This guy is spider that looks like an ant - sometimes called "ari-gumo" in Japanese. Count the legs on the left if you don't believe me. :-P
The 365 Day Project: Day 178
Had a walk around Tamagawa University after lunch, and found these unusual flowers on a giant weed growing near the agricultural research plots.
The 365 Day Project: Day 179
Not much time today - had to go to embassy by train to pick up a passport, then back this way to Zama Camp to do banking. Remembered this Japanese Spiraea Bush below our apartment was starting to bloom, and there you go. Usually, we have lots of butterflies with these.
The 365 Day Project: Day 180
My girls, Hana and Nami very seriously partaking in kakigori (shaved ice) at their pre-school festival. Baba (grandma) made them these nice Yukata (Summer Kimono) with their favorite anime characters to wear.
The 365 Day Project: Day 181
Reposting some of my Guam photos to catch up. Hibiscus - taken with my kit lens.
The 365 Day Project: Day 182
Painted telephone pole used as a bench.
The 365 Day Project: Day 183
Plumeria flowers, after a huge downpour in Mangilao, Guam.
The 365 Day Project: Day 184
Unknown tree flowers, after a squall in Guam.
The 365 Day Project: Day 185
My 5 year old, Hana, was spoiled by a group of college girls in the park. They gave her a garland of clover they made themselves, and proceeded to take tons of photos with her and my other two kids.
The 365 Day Project: Day 186
The 365 Day Project: Day 187
Shot this at Yamanakao flower park. There are two very cool things about this ladybug. First, it was huge - like half an inch in diameter. Second, it squirts body fluids (blood?) from its head when disturbed, supposedly laced with nasty alkaloids.
365 Day Challenge - July 20
Small Grass Blue butterfly on a pink compound flower.
The 365 Day Project: Day - whatever
Tiny jumping spider on sunflower petals.
Day Project: Day - whatever
One of my last days skulking around Camp Zama with my camera. My friend Larry pointed out this group of Lilies toward the back of his building. Thanks to Larry for this tip, and great conversations over the past years.
The 365 Day Project: Day - whatever
My friend Mr. Tanaka has been working on an outdoor pizza oven for a local restaurant for several months. It's nearly finished, but he was most proud of the metal work he did on the chimney - which was mostly this cosmos flower. He stamped out each petal from steel, then used special tools to make the textures.
Gossamer Damselfly (male)
Unknown flower behind my house.
Metallic Pupa I
Metallic Pupa II
Metallic Pupa III