Thursday, February 10, 2011

Flower (Photo) Orchids and Valentines Day: Groan

Wow !  I can't believe the responses I'm getting from yesterday's Travel Photo Thursday post where I threw together an Orchid Lovers Photo Essay.

I'm still sorting through the photos from the Orchid Show and hesitate to call this Flower Photo Friday but, the thought had crossed my mind.

Today, I just want to show you a flower photo where I got up a little closer to the orchids was able to eliminate some of the harsh lighting.

I'm afraid, if I let everyone see the real tight close up shots, people will expect me to identify the orchids by common name and scientific title, like I do when I shoot wildlife.

There are a few shots I took where you can read the names of the orchids and I'll be posting them shortly.  I'll probably create some new photo gallery on the website and name it "FLOWERS" but, these things take time so, please be patient with me. If I say I'm going to do something, I usually do it, just not in a rush. 

If people keep telling me they want to see more flowers, I'll gitter dun, one of these days. I'm just a little too busy right now.

To give you an example, I decided I'd go shoot Valentines stuff today. In Japan, Valentines is a bit different than what most people are used to.

So, I figured I'd shoot some photos of an American style display in a store, then the typical Japanese Valentines display and show the differences.

Thinking I had a whole three days before Valentines Day to do the shooting (Photos) was a big mistake, as far as American stores go. Almost everything was gone.

It's the 11th of February here. What ever happened to good old American procrastination; isn't that a manly virtue anymore ?

After getting the store manager's consent to take pictures, I went looking for the stuff. 

There were, like eight heart-shaped boxes of candy left.  I rearranged the display so it looked like something and snapped a few photos.

Then, bought five boxes so I can stuff the grandkids with chocolate if I ever get stuck watching them by myself, again. Grandpa knows how to cook good stuff.  I'll call it chocolate sashimi.

Anyway, now I have to run around and see if I can get some pictures of a Valentines display in a Japanese store.  I'll have to go to one of the big cities, I think.

Where I live in Okinawa most folks are fishermen and farmers so, they aren't really into the Valentines hoopla like city folks. They don't believe in the Easter Bunny, either. Good people.

So, enjoy the orchid photo and let me know if I should create a Flower Photo Friday or just a flower gallery and I'll see what I can come up with for you.  I'm back on the road chasing Valentines.  WU HU HU !


Unknown said...

Clearly fishing for a valentines (so incorrigible). Your post did raise one important question in my mind however. How do fisher-folk celebrate Valentines (if they were to that is). Chocolate fish just doesn't quite have the same impact as rose petals (but then again, I'm not a fisherman).

RyukyuMike said...

I think I spotted some chocolate covered beers. That'd go over big with the fishermen, I bet !