A lone dragon stays aloft

…or this guy is on duty patrolling the coastline, perhaps..

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This photo is not great because the angle that I caught him stayed at the edge of the cliff,  also caught the rock platform in straight line, and it made the his presence assimilated in background.  Oh well, I could not help it as there was a fence laid between us and I concluded that I could not train my lens in better position than this.

Also, often my daydreaming head get a mini story in the head, when I catch non-human lives with my eye-balls.  Earlier the day before I caught this dragon, I saw the three seagulls at the local beach, and I instantly came up the idea to put them the role as Lifeguard ( please also in here ).   They were charmers driving me nuts developing trifle short stories in the head (and I certainly love doing that ;-)).

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[Edit: 28/10/2018]

Thank you for WordPress friends for sharing your views to the photo of the dragon!

I took back to the image and gave it try a bit more edit, which turned to this.

I am happy with this in hue, contrast, and composition.  🙂

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Relaxed Snapshot of

Bleu and Shiraz.

I am in Japan since yesterday morning for some works to do until upcoming Thursday and I kind of already miss them despite I had given them hugs and cuddles on my departure.

Bleu (the left) has been suffering from itchiness on his face below ears for months. This must be chronic conditions as it keeps coming back on him, but no clear evidence of allergens or root factors has been spotted by vet ever.

After months long of fight over the pain of itchiness, he gets better finally.

I recently sent his sample to another medical institute wishing it provides me of some allergen he might be suffering from.

Anyway, I will close my morning mumbles with my thought of them from 7000 km away.

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A medi-dog on the ferry

I ran into a dog wearing a red vest printed ‘medidog’ aboard on the ferry when I headed to the spot I photographed these.

He first sat on the deck between the crotch of his master. Once the ferry departed Circular Quay and approached to Harbour Bridge to pass under, he moved to the guardrail, as if he wanted to watch the light-show of Vivid 2018.

Here are the photos of him I excused and caught.

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Portrait of KOMAINU guard dog

These are a pair of Komainu (the mythical) guard dogs (or lion-dog) watching Itsukushima Shrine, as I snapped over a year ago.

Every shrines in Japan have the pair of watch dogs, each of which is having different outlook.  Generally they sit at the main gate of the shrine but this pair in Itsukushima sits in the middle of open-air connecting corridor facing the bay of Hiroshima.

This is my submission to Monochrome Madness this week hosted by Leanne Cole.

Monochrome Madness is the community space she opens for other photographers and audiences who love monochrome / black and white photos. Here gives me a great opportunity and challengeus about monochrome images. As it is open community, everyone can participate.

'Komainu' guard dog

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Hana and Hanako (Weekly Photo Challenge: Unlikely)

On that day, I met two lovely animals at Yoyogi Park, a large parkland (540,530 square meters) locating in urban area in Tokyo.

One was a french bulldog, called Hana. She is the dog of my friend’s, and I had a good catch-up with them at the park.

Then I met another beautiful yet the unlikely one to see nearby in the park. His name was Hanako. Why he was unusual was because, he was the monkey from Africa banning the export to overseas, and you hence will rarely see the breed in Japan (to be fair for the owner, Hanako came to him before the import was banned).

Hanako was unusual also for its name because Hanako was a name for female in Japan, while, that Hanako was man (not even a boy for his age ;-)).

Anyway, the both Hanas were as relaxed as their owners were and I found of them a kind of lucky to have the big park (with full of green) nearby on their living area.

Here are some photos of them.

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My first New Zealand 3: Christchurch

So here are a little more photographs I took at Christchurch while hopping on and off the trams.  I understood that they have been taking years long restoration process coming through since 2011 quake.  Some area were rebuilt while some area were in progress, or left as empty lots, which looked like as if time was stopped on the spot.

What impressed me though was that there were number of murals / street arts presented in Christchurch next to those spaces or gaps.  It’s like the city was like art gallery.  It looked like as if the arts took the mission thats for filling those empty spaces and gaps by those unique art works, which it could have made people despair if there were’t at all.

Some spots were heartbreaking to see for me, but at the same time, I felt people’s energy and pride via those stuff.

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It was devastating to see Christchurch Cathedral.
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Cathedral on the front. It was impressive to see doves perched on the iron frame.

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There are many murals / street arts

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Botanic Gardens

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Beautiful huge pine tree.
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Avon River streaming through Botanic Gardens.  It was busy creek with tourists and ‘locals’.
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A local, or duck on the hunting
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Cardbox Cathedral.  When I visited, church choirs were on the practice before next Mass.
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More arts

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I felt energy of people in Christchurch by these murals.

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The eye of my masters

Because someone had said to me, ‘You have two masters at home’, I will accept my position as not the owner of them but the ‘staff’ of them to take care.  😉

Anyway, I recently have got lens extension kit for smart phone and I started playing with it a bit.  These were taken with a lens for macro shot.

Some of you must have found that they were a little annoyed with me.  Sorry for bothering you, master. x-)

By the way, let me quickly introduce them to you, the gray one named Bleu (boy), and the black one called Shiraz (girl).

The lenses are fun but with my skills, I do need playing with them quite hard.  It is (of course) a full manual including focus set.  I now truly appreciate auto-focus function!

 

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A piece of work of the day 9

A snapshot of my pastel drawing work I was done yesterday.  The image came to back of my head last week when I smelled at a custom blend essential oil for aroma therapy.

The oil called ‘Ho’oponopono’.

Ancient Hawaiian exercises the practice of forgiveness / reconciliation.

The scent was certainly brought me a relaxed and gentle feeling.  🙂

Well, to extend a bit about my pastel technique, it was my first time to draw turtles with pastel (or almost with anything to draw).  I would like to repeat a couple of more to draw about them better.  😉

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A tale of whale and silhouettes of dolphins

There are two whale watching seasons coming to Sydney siders every year.  I had boarded on a boat for whale watching, or I grasped binoculars to catch them from high-points nearby ocean, but never managed.

I finally made it seeing a group of them cruising at Byron Bay in an early morning.  We were at Lighthouse and did not have binoculars at that time, but still we clearly caught them in silhouette taking morning sunrise.

With my photography skill yet my telephoto lens I had with me, I could not capture that awesome shot.  However, it was still sensational event that thrilled me enough to stick on my foot at the spot.

Dolphins were captured slightly bigger simply they swum closer to the coast.  The motion of them swimming were beautiful and made me even thought that they were humming in pleasure.  I hope these photos could share those vibrations.

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