Saturday, March 12, 2011
Azalea Festival in Higashi-son Okinawa A Pretty Girl and an Alien
It was windy the day I took these photos and the petals of the flowers were getting blown off.
She signed a release form for me so I could publish the photo.
Then, I got her email address on the form so, I could send her the picture.
I sat at a table in her food tent and ordered some pizza. Then, along comes this woman who happens to be the pretty gal's mother.
She's wondering "What's that old foreigner doing" and "Why is my daughter giggling and looking at his camera"? I can read the frown on her face. The daughter says, "Look Mom. He took my picture".
Groan. Why didn't I just shoot the azaleas blowing in the wind and get the heck off the mountain ?
Think quick. Think Quick. Think quick. Think of something to make the older gal smile. Think! Quick!
So, I say "Huh, you don't look old enough to be her mother. You're her older sister, right?"
Well, that got her to crack a smile and she says she's the gal's mother.
While I'm still in Quick Thinking Mode, I look back and forth at both of them and say "Well, now I see where your daughter got those pretty eyes." Hah!
It worked like a charm but, just to be on the safe side, I ordered another pizza. Don't ask why.
Anyone planning to visit the Higashi-Son Azalea Festival needs to get up there soon. It ends on March 21, 2011.