We've been enjoying temperatures that hovered around 20C• but the winter winds have finally arrived! Today the high is 13°C and it looks like more of the same ahead. Oh, that wind is strong and cold!
And yet, I still have flowers blooming in my garden! YES! There are just a few purple toadlilies in bloom at the moment. Their season is coming to an end. However, a white and yellow one I bought this year is still blooming away. They are quite small compared to the others and, at first, I wasn't sure if I was going to have any luck. Looks like they really are "late bloomers"! (^.~)
More chrysanthemums from the exhibition in Hirakata. This particular variety is called a "spider mum" or "spider bloom chrysanthemum". Click here to see more images of spider mums. Such an amazing range of colours and shapes!
Well, so much for any changes! Ah, well. Life has seasons and my season for the past year or so has me pulled in many different directions, leaving me with little time to focus on photography or this website. Hopefully that will change come early spring. We shall see.
In the meantime, I intend to start post photos here more regularly and less on Facebook. Today's photo is from the annual chrysanthemum exhibition in Hirakata, a small city not far from here. I had no interest in chrysanthemums at all until my first visit to this exhibition. I had no idea there were so many different kinds! Now I'm hooked! (^.~)
For more about chrysanthemums in Japanese culture, click here.
For more about the chrysanthemum exhibition in Hirakata in 2020, click here.
As you may have noticed, I'm making a few changes around here. Nothing major so far; I've changed the theme and a few fonts. However, I'm also in the process of changing how the photos are accessed. It's a major undertaking so it may take some time. Wish me luck! Now, back to work...
(It's the rainy season which means hydrangea! This was taken at a temple in the south-west corner of Kyoto up in the hills.)
As I continue to rethink this website, sadly, it appears that I may need to just go elsewhere and start again. Over the past few months, the editing functions have become slower and slower. Recently they have been so slow that I have given up adding blog posts or photos multiple times. (Thankfully, today is manageable.) A little research shows that this becoming increasingly common and many are requesting an update that addresses this issue. We shall see...
(Anemone in a local plant nursery.)
I'm a photographer based in Osaka, Japan. I love to take photographs. I like to share.