Today we got up early and drove to Yanagitani Kannon (Yokokuji Temple) up in the hills in western Kyoto. They have a big hydrangea festival tomorrow which we wanted to avoid (it will be a zoo of people!) and so today was the day. Neither of us had been there before and weren't sure what to expect but it was lovely! There were more varieties of hydrangeas than the garden we visited last week, including several that I've never seen before. Also, throughout the garden, were mossy stone basins filled with water, flowers and petals. They proved to be very popular! (Yes, instagram is a big thing here.)
It's a wonderful time of year if you enjoy flowers.The lilies are just coming to an end and hydrangea are everywhere! We've been visiting the local parks and enjoying all that the season has to offer and have more outings planned for this weekend as well. The downside is that I'm drowning in photographs and don't have enough time to sort and edit them properly. Ah, there's never enough time, is there!
Unfortunately, my natural tendency is to throw up my hands and procrastinate. If I don't have the time to do it right, then just save it for another day! I should know better, of course, but age doesn't always bring wisdom! (^.~) So, in an effort to make this more manageable, I'm going to try to post short, simple posts more regularly.
So, my photo today is a shot from our trip to the hydrangea gardens at Yoshimine Temple in the western mountains of Kyoto. The sign is directing visitors to the next stop on the walk through the temple grounds. And yes, that's Kyoto in the distance. Ah, such a stunning garden and such amazing views!
The new computer has arrived and it's a joy to behold! Setting up is proceeding smoothly but it will take a little more time, I'm afraid.
So, until I'm up and running as usual, here is a photo from several years ago. It was taken one beautiful April evening while cherry blossom viewing along the river in Osaka.
Ah, April is such a lovely month here. I never get enough of cherry blossom viewing. Who does?
Our Christmas present to ourselves was a few days visiting Awaji Shima, a small island not too far away. Ah, bliss! Several days of Japanese hot springs and delicious food was such a treat! We've both been exceptionally busy these past few months so the chance to relax and unwind was most welcome. Unfortunately, the weather wasn't all that cooperative - mostly cold winds and overcast skies - but still there's something about the open expanse of sky and sea that is good for one's soul. And, well, hot springs certainly help too...
Despite several days of heavy clouds and light rain I did manage to take a few photographs. Here are some from our very last day.
How to brighten up an extra work day:
(If you know what these pink flowers are, please leave a comment. As usual, I have no idea...)
I'm a photographer based in Osaka, Japan. I love to take photographs. I like to share.