Saturday, February 27, 2021

FEB 2021 Full Moon Setting in Okinawa, Japan

 



 Foul weather hid the full moon as it rose on the evening of February 27th so, I didn't shoot it.

This morning at 0632 here's what I saw as I was leaving my driveway for a morning walk.

The moon appeared gold-colored as it was setting off in the west.

Rather than rotate it, to show the Moon Rabbit, sitting upright, I left the image natural.

Can you handle an upsidedown rabbit?

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Sunday Camera Walk in Kin Town, Okinawa, Japan

 Springtime Can't Come Soon Enough



Lately, I've been skipping the long walk to a secluded beach for catching the sunrise.

It's better to drink lots of coffee in the warmth of the kitchen before packing up to hike.





It's 7 AM and a few minutes before the sun appears rising over the ocean.






At 8:02 this Light-vented Bulbul made an appearance.





It would be 9:02 before this Grey-faced Buzzard posed for me before the Kin Powerplant.





It was 9:53 when a Zitting Cisticola let me take a rushed shot with the camera.




Finally, 20 minutes from home (and breakfast) a Brown-eared Bulbul showed its face.


The time was 10:41 and I wanted to be home before noon!


After all, Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest. Eh?


Thursday, February 11, 2021

It's National Foundation Day in Japan and More!

 That's like the 4th of July in the USA


It's a National Holiday and most people have the day off. Schools are closed.

Some sort of tropical storm is blowing cold wind and rain so, I hung around inside all day.



 

About 4 PM the wife and a daughter returned from a shopping expedition.

And the young one presented me with this ice-cold six-pack of beer.

I'm really not celebrating National Foundation Day for Japan. I'm American.

Naturally, I thanked the daughter for bringing my favorite beer.

Little did she know, I was gonna celebrate New Year's Eve tonight.

First, we must get back to the Japanese holiday.  

They say Japan began (as a country) in 660 BC.

That's all I can tell you. Read the history of Japan HERE if you need all the details.



How Did New Year's Eve Get in Here Today?



When I thanked the daughter for the Orion Beer I told her it's New Year's Eve.

She looked at me like I was crazy so, I had to explain. It's Chinese New Year's Day tomorrow!






Some folks in Okinawa still use the Lunar Calendar. 

And, the stick with the rituals, holiday routines, and planting of the Chinese Zodiac calendar.

Learn all about the Chinese New Year at this Site.


Adding a little more to all this holiday confusion, the daughter handed me another gift.

Some chocolate, as well as the beer, was her gift to me for Valentine's Day!

It's been a long (almost photoless) day. Two quick shots of the beer and I'm done.

One photo from the front and another displaying the top of the six-pack. That's it.

It's getting dark outside and I have some Lunar New Year's Eve business to tend to.

AMEN

Thursday, January 28, 2021

JAN 2021 Full Moon Setting Plus

A Bird and Some Blossoms as a Bonus 



Clouds and cold weather kept the recent full moon inaccessible for the past few nights.

Waking up at 3 AM gave me a chance to capture the moon setting this morning.





It was bright, setting in the western sky and I climbed up on the roof with the camera and tripod.

Before an image could be composed, dark black clouds rolled onto the scene.

Leaving everything set up for another try, I went down to the kitchen for a coffee break.

It would be after 6 AM before a (somewhat) clear shot could be made. AT 6:16, here you go!



Before Sunrise - A Hike with Backpack and Cameras


It was windy and cold with temperatures in the low teens Celcius. It felt like Alaska.

There weren't many farmers in their fields and few birds were in the skies.

By 9 AM the sun was warming things but, it was still windy. Time to head for home.






At 9:05 this Blue Rock Thrush appeared in a tree alongside the road.

It would be the only bird shot taken today.



Some Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) Encountered Enroute


Had the blue skies and sunshine held up, we may have seen some more birds.


Japanese White Eyes (Mejiro) love these flowers and hang out in the branches.






Clouds blocked the sun and no birds were to be seen in the Cherry Tree.

So, the camera was positioned where a white tiled roof served as the background.


Leaving this scene, the sun peeked through the clouds briefly.






At 9:32 AM a quick maneuver of the tripod and camera captured this scene.

May your January be as exciting (or more so) than mine! 

THE END



Thursday, December 31, 2020

New Year 2021 Moon Over Kin Town, Okinawa, Japan

We Missed the December Full Moon


 The last full moon photographed over this island was on Halloween night, October 31, 2020.

Clouds and rain have kept the full moons hidden for the past few months.

Maybe, this is a sign, things will be better this year. Coronavirus get under control.

And for heaven's sake, USA quit arguing about who's president.

One guy came in first and the other can say he came in a close second!




Camera: Pentax K1

Lens: Pentax 560 MM with 1.4 Converter Focal Length 784 MM

Exposure:  f/16  1/125  ISO 100

Location: Kin Town, Okinawa, Japan

Date and Time:  JAN 1, 2021  6:34 AM