Upside down in winter lights

There is a local park nearby my family’s place.  They have the shrine for the goddess of prosperity and growth, and who also is regarded as protecting the park entirely.

I walk in the park when I am at family place, almost everyday, morning or afternoon, ..sometimes even both.

These were caught when I was on my way home from somewhere and was passing the park for taking shortcut.

It was cold but very gentle afternoon, that there was almost no wind that would have stroked the surface on the pond.

This is my belated contribution to Lens-Artists Photo Challenge last month.

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Plain, old fence divided us to rail tracks

Oh dear, I have been trying to keep active on WordPress posting at least one note or photo everyday as often as possible, but I have been on completely opposite way for several days. 🙁

Well behind non-posting gap period, I have experienced a several small coincidences occurred to me in a sequential manner.  Those coincidences in a series brought me jaw-dropping surprise, then laughs because it was funny to see the coincidences in multiple times.  Well, I then kind of realized that miracle is not anything special to see in your day-to-day life, but it must happen every day to everyone in some form.  It might be our issue if we do not receive or accept it.

By the way, the photo below was taken in Japan (not on last trip but one in early May).  I took a short walk on the path along with rail tracks of a local train service.  In Japan, 5th of May is national holiday for celebrating children (Boy’s Day), and behind of me in this photo, there were many hand-sewn carp figured streamers hanging over a local brook (Carps have been used as symbols of boys’ growth and prosperity).  The local community in the area made this every year in this season and kids participate making / painting the streamers.

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Swans made good reflection in their stillness

I caught this in my morning walk at in the park nearby where my family lives.

This park is popular among locals and visitors, and the pond is busy with boats and swan boats floating and cruising, and I really like visiting there in off-peak time and watching the reflection made in the still water.

And I made this photo my contribution to this week’s

Monochrome Madness 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 challenges about monochrome images. As it is open community, everyone can participate.

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My first pastel workshop in Japan

So this is one reasons why I kind of gave up carrying my DSLR and tripod with me.  🙂 One of my plans to accomplish during this trip was to do a pastel workshop for whose who had expressed interests to me since last year.

Due to the pastel drawing needs a suite of tools to do, despite the method was to use your finger(s) and rub them over the paper, it is apt to be rather bulky to carry by yourself unless you drive.

The workshop was made successful.  The participants who had never done this before, expressed their beautiful souls onto a piece of square paper to the full extent.  It is hard to tell you of how thrilling time I had with them as watching (and guiding) the whole process of the unique beautiful artwork was born out.  Japan, which has turned to rainy season, have got Hydrangea in full bloom, and I suggested them to draw Hydrangea.  Their touch and expression demonstrated during the work gave me inspiration and motivation.  🙂

I personally interpret this drawing process is quite similar to that you are meditating, which it may make you feel quite refreshing.  I am so glad that I shared those aspects with them.

Thank you beautiful souls for having me share this time with you.

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Mumble in the evening

I don’t know why time passes so quickly, even much quicker, these days.

So I came home from Japan on Friday morning finished one week trip.

I stayed in Tokyo in all my itinerary and kept myself flat out with planned works to complete, and they have been completed. I was happy to accomplish all my commitments were finished successfully.

The slight down-side of the trip was that I rarely got chances to take time for photography, even though I brought my DSLR camera and light-weight tripod for Japan.

Did I carry them with me all the time on my stay in Tokyo?  Unfortunately not.

I did not carry them with me all the time just because I was carrying other stuff which were bulky and I could not leave decent space available on my shoulders to carry my Nikon.

So I was keen to go out for taking photographs once I was back to Sydney.

Okay, then did I…?

I was afraid not, because my immediate weekend after the trip was vanished gone in one brink, while I exercised all the scheduled stuff to do which I had scheduled before I went to japan.

Yes, I know I planned them all to do after the trip, and its managed it, but I was being somewhat unstable as watching beautiful sunset sky by the window of the house I was at on the weekend.

Soon, soon, or soonish, I will definitely get out of under roof to do photography.

Well, in the meantime, I would like to share some of street scape I had photographed last month in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

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Loading up the aircraft

This was photographed by the window of the aircraft which I boarded on my last trip from Tokyo to Sydney.

There were several aircrafts parked and loaded at boarding gates for the departure.

I thought I was lucky to capture the aircraft from rear angle.

I posted as wishing myself being lucky again to see something interesting on my boarding to Sydney tonight.

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Stillness on off duty time

This was photographed at a local park in Tokyo where my family house locates nearby.

It was rather still early and the recreational boats were all rested at small bay on the pond.

The boats interested me as subject to catch because of their gathered form which was nicely aligned.  I took some photos from various angles.

This photo was my contribution to this week’s

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 challenges about monochrome images. As it is open community, everyone can participate.

By the way, the pond had Swans boats too.  They also beautifully parked in a row.  I would like to post the photo of them soon.

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A hazy sunset in Tokyo

I am glad to have this week almost finished because I am a bit tired already likely due to a ‘bullet’ super short trip to Tokyo I did on past weekend by taking night flight on Friday last week after work, then gone through some meetings on Sat/Sun, then I was already in Sydney by Tuesday morning.

Well, I am not bitching about it because the all on the trip scheduled was worthwhile to do and I am happy to get the all itinerary completed.  I will have to do this once again this month, and I know the only challenge for me to get over on next trip will be the temperature gaps between the two sites; winter Sydney vs rainy sticky Tokyo, that’s all.  Appreciate minimal time-zone difference laid between the two countries  🙂

Anyway, since the trip was short and packed with plans to carry out, I took little chance for photography.  Last day, however, I managed to a short time for it and dashed into Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office on its 45th floor’ lookout.

I wished to catch a sunrise seeing the sun sinking down to the end, but it was hidden in the clouds way before its setting itself down, which was this.  🙂

It’s not my first time to visit there but I have not got the luck to catch sunrise.  Though I could not tick off this time for the photography,  I still enjoyed the view; every sunset is different.  🙂

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Light Trail 3

Ugly or beautiful?

During my stay in Tokyo, I took a time to go to the spot where I photographed the below.  This is the underneath one of the busiest junctions of  Tokyo Urban Express Highway.  Generally, I am not that big fan of this kind of architectures and watching this busy traffic roads.

This junction however fascinated me for sometime, and I wanted to make a visit one day.  Even now I can not explain why this spot was, but it was certainly on my list of photography spots to go.

Maybe because I was impressed at the way how each of six highway roads spread out.

Or maybe I wasimpressed at the structure the way how each highway road stack up.

Or maybe both.

It was not recent that I realized and found it interesting that this spot was called ‘YAMATA-NO-OROCHI’ (Japanese mythical dragon having eight heads and eight tails) via net viral, due to its look as if  multiple snake heads spread out.

It was no nature photography but it was another great opportunity to take for me.

One photography spot name in the long list was ticked off.  🙂

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