Friday, February 1, 2019

Peek at Cherry Blossoms in the Mountains of Motobu

Sakura Season Has Begun


A trip was made to Mt. Yae in northern Okinawa to check out the blossoms today.

The flowers are blooming in scattered fashion this year.



cherry blossoms, Sakura, Okinawa, flowers, festival


One tree may appear to be in full bloom and the next one might be bare.

So, you'll see families gathering around the best blooms for photos.




festival, flowers, sakura, Okinawa


Not wanting to bother people for model releases, I just photographed the trees.

This year, for the first time, requests were made for donations on the drive up the hill.

Normal sized cars and motorcycles are asked to give 500 Yen.

This is to help maintain the trees, roads, and facilities associated with the festival.

That's a reasonable amount so, I gave them a thousand Yen and said, "Keep the change."




Cherry Blossoms, flowers, festival, Okinawa


Last year's typhoons got the cherry trees confused and they were blossoming in Autumn.

It's rare to see the pink flowers and green leaves sprouting at the same time.

Normally, the blossoms are gone before the green leaves cover the trees.




flowers, Sakura, Okinawa


It may get busy on the mountain this weekend especially if the weather cooperates.

The fresh air can be a little chilly but, it's refreshing when hiking up those hills.




Cherry Blossoms, Okinawa, Sakura


Folks who have to go to work on weekdays should get up there this weekend.

Something tells me, it won't get much better than this in the coming weeks.

For directions try Google Maps


Sunday, January 20, 2019

JAN 2019 Full Moon Seen in Okinawa Japan

astronomy, moon, Okinawa, Japan


Camera: Pentax K1

Lens: Pentax 300 MM with 1.4 Converter Focal Length 420 MM

Exposure: f/16   1/40   ISO 100

Location: Kin Town Okinawa Japan

Date and Time:  JAN 20 2019  7:40 PM