Washi, I can never compete with your annual cherry blossom and temple photos, but here are some comparatively barren spring shots near Newell, California. These buttes are called The Peninsula and they're on the northern edge of Lava Beds National Monument.
In the past few weeks, before the rainy season and the really nasty humid Japanese summer begins, I have taken a number of longish bicycle rides, trying to shed some of the kilograms I picked up after I put down my beloved pipes. Today I decided to revisit Tsudō Shiro Yama Kofun, the oldest monumental size kofun (ancient tomb mound) in Osaka Prefecture. In my post Kinki Area Kofun - Size and Date I mentioned that this kofun is of an appropriate size and date and matches the location given in the ancient chronicles to be the tomb of Yamoto Takeru no Mikoto, a figure perhaps real but certainly also mythological in his outsized dimensions. I spent a half an hour at a small community center there that houses restrooms, historical posters, and a few artifact reproductions. The whole time I was at the kofun a heron stood stationary among the water lilies, no doubt hoping to catch the movement of a frog or small fish.
On my way home I stopped at a small park near the Yasunaka Plantation Headquarters. Although the rainy season is still a few days away, the ajisai (hydrangeas) along the Nagase River were already in bloom. I sat at a shaded table, drinking the last of my water bottle, and three men, one at a time, sat and joined me. The first was Japanese, and born like me in 1942. The second guy (in the black shirt) was from Pusan in South Korea, and although his Japanese was excellent, he was a bit hard for me to understand. The third guy (without the hat) said he was Vietnamese. They said they were there for "kokusaiodori," which if I understood them correctly, means "international dance." They didn't look much like dancers to me, but we had a good chinwag for 15 or 20 minutes, finding at least that we were in solid agreement about American politics and at least some of the politicians.
The attached file shows the route of today's bicycle ride.
sorry, not my photo(s), only thought could find photolocation. something is wrong however.. the gate and pavement on the summer strip is okay but the small trees? one explanation is that the image is mirrored. nice one anyhow!
In this four-photo composite by Fatih Ozay, we see the different seasons throughout the year as experienced on one street in Newark, New Jersey near Branch Brook Park in Newark’s North Ward (between the neighborhoods of Forest Hill and Roseville).
Yesterday morning I mounted my bicycle and (with a hearty grunt of "Gettum-up, Scout") I peddled for the first (and last) time up the perilous Route 2, all the way to Tsurumi Ryokuchi park. This thread is usually about seasonal views of a place, but this offering is about what the summer sounds like where I live, at least anywhere near a tree.
Yes, I'm afraid it is, although I cut the volume down by half in the middle part of the video, and my camera recorder doesn't register some of the higher pitched sound. But now you know what PIT was talking about when he described being trapped in a cockpit with one.
A few days ago when I was riding through Osaka Castle Park, I actually started to feel a bit queasy. Fortunately, most of the time the brain can filter the sound down a couple of notches, much like an unpleasant odor.
This is a rehash of something I posted on Facebook yesterday. I decided to post it here for a couple of reasons. In my visit on 7 / 27, where I was astonished to find a multitude of young people eagerly staring at the smart phones in the pre-dawn darkness, I was also struck by the lack of cicada noise at that hour. (That irritation was replaced by the equally unpleasant calling a the crows). The following two visits, the crows were quiet, but the cicadas were back on full-time daytime duty. I'm posting here for you Diane, because I just noticed in the shot of the castle I took the branch of the tree in the foreground has a cicada exoskeleton clinging to it.
"My morning bicycle rides have taken me to Osaka Castle 3 times in the past week or so. One time I arrived about 4:45. It was still too dark to take pictures, but the park was filled with dozens of young people, some on foot, some on bicycles, but all holding smart phones. I managed to get one shot of the castle as I was leaving.
"On Sunday I rode from Kadoma on the Yodo River levy to the Castle. (I hadn't intended to go so far north, but in the darkness I left the north side of Tsurumi Park, and ended up taking a very roundabout route to the river.) This spliced panorama was taken near where I INTENDED to arrive at the river.
"[Yesterday] morning I rode into the castle, and was surprise to find well over a hundred people there at 6:30, all doing the same exercises. I did, however, have enough light to get a few pictures."
as hungarian folklore says well: after it have rained on the 8th of june (day of Medard), it is rainy weather for 40 days. these short but heavy rains multiply probabilities to see a rainbow as I did few days ago, not long before sunset: also note silos in the background, this guy should do some with...(:
and another related from the recent past: "cloud shadows vs. contrail shadows":
cumulus has just broke through upper, thin cloud layer and casts shadow on it; also contrail shadow (very) slightly is visible.
I have to confess, these are somewhat modified images - I use atmospheric mist remover, however it's much more closer to the experience of reality this way. Balatonvilágos is a really unique scenic spot around Lake Balaton for watching beautiful evening skies.
...These are in California, just a couple of miles south of the Oregon border on a hot summer day. New hay and a random truck in June.
I always been fond of such "common photo threads". Rather interesting for me to see, how's things around my old forum-friends at the same time. Thank you Diane to keep posting your great "spot-reports" from "Spacious North America"!
A cloudy sunset in Dorris, California. Dorris is only a couple of miles from the Oregon border and 30 miles from where I live (Klamath Falls, Oregon). Within 35 minutes I can be where I really want to be - California!
This is dry, dusty territory, but good for growing alfalfa and potatoes.
This week, as the sun was really shining for the first time this year, I had some exploration around.
Some automatic saturation gets involved
An old house, highly integrated with the nature, typically short-time lived by emigrants from the Balkans and/or around the Black Sea, reminding sad memories dating late Ottoman period and early years of the Republic:
A big family is ready for the new season:
For all friends quest for fresh food is a chase-and-grab:
Old days of nature can still be recovered. The gentle sound of the stream is still hypnotizing:
Under husband watch-out:
Nice to remember we live between blue above and green below:
This is probably my best loved thread. I started it in 2008 on oGEC. Steve brought it to NGEC and linked to original. I've just looked through and felt quite sad for the loss of the old and the broken images of the new. So, I have just started to replace my broken images with what would have been the originals.
Wherever you are, it's a season and I'd love to see it.
Here are 3, one damson tree blossom and 2 of the wild primroses in our hedges.
Bright june noon in town. (The Old Church and the town's hall tower of Hódmezővásárhely)
The noon bell was just ringing as I took the photo.
(The brown brick building in the background is my beloved Alma-Mater - the Bethlen Gábor Grammar School, in the mid-foreground statue of Szántó Kovács János. (I think this is a very good sculpture. - GM SV link))
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