Monday, April 6, 2009

Shinjuku Gyoen and the Abandoned Lot

Today was just a beautiful day here in Tokyo.  The temperature got up to about 65 degrees Fahrenheit.  Sun was shining and all is well.  I went on a little field trip with the Nishimachi school moms to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.  Another cherry blossom extravaganza. We had lunch in the park that included a little tea ceremony, pork and rice with a somewhat raw egg,  followed by sake (much better) and a few rice crackers.  The cherry blossoms were again FABULOUS.

I promised yesterday that I would not post another cherry blossom picture, so instead.... This month's assignment for one of my photo classes is April color.  I found this great abandoned lot near the cemetery full of purple and yellow flowers and a couple of old run down houses. I thought the colors were wonderful.  Here is my first attempt at this scene which does not do it justice.  I am going back there tomorrow - early morning - with a wide angle lens to see if I can't get a better shot.  If I do, I'll post it here.

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