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Dragons Don’t Cry on a Cold and Rainy Valentine’s Day

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Dragons Don't Cry on Rainy Valentine's Day

Dragons don’t cry on a cold and rainy Valentine’s Day in Japan.  There is too much hustle and bustle out in the streets.  The hordes of women in the department stores snatching up box after boxes of chocolate.  In case you don’t already know, Valentine’s Day goes only one way in Japan.  Women give gifts to men.  Not just their lovers, but coworkers, friends, teachers, the list of giri (obligation) chocolate never ends.

Dragons don’t play the Valentine’s game.  They don’t line up around the corner to get that last box of chocolates.  Nope!  They are content to be out in the streets in the rain.  They just are going to be their dragon self.

They have nothing to hide.  They have no one they have to impress.  They will be, and are dragons.

 

Ice Fungi has Sprung Again in Japan

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Ice Fungi, Ice Needles しもばしら【霜柱】01

The ice fungi has again sprung again in Japan.  I have never seen them before coming to Japan.  In reality they have a a given name of ice needles or ice columns, but I still prefer my given word of ice fungi.  They seemingly sprout over night when the conditions are just right.  In fact there are so many creative names given to this phenomenon:  ice castles, frost castles, ice fringes, ice filaments, ice flowers, ice ribbons, frost flowers,  and rabbit ice.  All so beautiful, but again I got to go with my my heart and I just love the sound of ice fungi.

Those conditions are the ground is not frozen, but the surrounding air is below the freezing point.  The water is quickly crystalized out of the ground and freeze in the air.  Leaving behind stunning patterns of ice that sprout forth out the ground.  They often have little earthen heads, which agains leads me to call them ice fungi.

They are tiny.  So tiny most people shuffle on by with out paying them any notice.  For me, they freeze me in my tracks, and I have to get down on my hands and knees to peep them in their frozen beauty.  The patterns, and variations are endless.

The mysteries of the world are sometimes right there in our field of vision.  The choice is ours if we choose to see what is right there.  Or, are we just going to pass them on by like the sleeping masses.

Ice Fungi, Ice Needles しもばしら【霜柱】02

 

Ice Fungi, Ice Needles しもばしら【霜柱】03

Today I Found Revolutionary Love

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Today was one of those days that I just didn’t want to get out of bed.  It was 6:30 in the morning and the skies were so overcast that it seemed like it was still night.  Not only was it rather gloomy outside, but it was pretty nippy for my south Floridian blood.  I struggled to get out of bed, and made my way to the kitchen to fix up a bowl of granola.  When I was sick I couldn’t eat any milk so I have been craving cereal over steaming oatmeal the last week or so.  I ate quickly as I caught the morning’s international news.  Waited at the bus stop which was more crowded than the day before.   I guess the people were preparing for the rainy weather that was going to come later in the day.

Even though I was wearing a big fluffy fleece hat, I put my headphones on and pushed play on Sekajipo and the Jungle’s first album Revolution of the Mind-State.  I thought that I needed a bit of a boost on this gray Thursday morning.  Sekajipo definitely delivered the goods and helped to elevate my spirits.

I was walking along the path with the song Revolutionary Love coming though my Sennheiser PX 200 headphones.  The vibrations were coming through so clear even though they had to pass though my fleece hat.  That is when I spotted a tiny heart on the side of the road.  A heart that had been placed there by some one.  It was an amazing synchronous moment.  I’ve got Sekajipo in my mind, singing about Revolutionary Love, and then I spy a heart.  I would have said that it was a lost heart.  One of the many lost and found items that I have taken over the years.  But today I saw this heart in completely new way.

This was not a lost heart.  It was a found heart.  It was part of the Revolutionary Love I have been searching for.  There it was.  The love had manifested itself in front of my lens.  Just another reason to be thankful.  I have found a bit of Revolutionary Love that I am sharing with all of you.

Revolutionary Love Found, Not Lost

Autumn in May?

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

For anyone out there that thinks this whole global warming is a joke, should have been in Tokyo today.  The air for, for almost june, was downright chilly.  I had to pull the sweatshirt out again by the time I got back to my home.  I am not complaining.  I am glad that is a bit on the chilly side, because it sure beats it being on the hot and humid side.

It felt rather odd, to see some of the hydrangeas about to bloom and be zipped up in a windbreaker, trying to stay warm.  The flowers are there.  I have begun to spot some fruit starting to ripen on the trees and bushes.  All this in weather that I thought we left behind four weeks ago.  Enjoy it why you can.

…this psalm has been on my mind today…

55 verse 6 If I had the wings of a dove, I would fly away, and be at rest.

stay upfull world!

White Fragrant Porpeller

Red Bush Fence

Iced Over in Konodai

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

The temperature has been hitting the freezing point over the last couple of days.  There was even a light dusting of snow on Saturday, but I missed it because I slept in that day.  Today I found the fountain in Kondai frozen over.  It was only for a  fleeting, because as soon as the sun reached high enough to hit the fountain, it quickly melted.  I am still waiting for a solid amount of snow. Once or twice a year of snow is enough for me.

Iced Over in Konodai

No Spring Today, Just Rain

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

You all must be tired of reading me bitch about the weather.  But seriously, I have had enough.  The rain is cold and I still need to use heaters in the house.  Being able to take my time to wander the streets it is just too bloody cold to do it.

Between the dense misty rain today, I was able to snap off a few clicks.  Wishing that the cold rain won’t seep into my lens.  I have to be careful pulling out my little Ricoh to keep it safe and dry.

Just some images of the rain, and cold.  Umbrellas seem to be a theme because there is nowhere I can go to escape them.

Pop, POP pop.

Drizzling, icy rain

Clear Vinyl Umbrella Just Waiting in the Rain

Black Eyed Rain

Random Slices on a Saturday

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

After getting some absolutely rare spring snow in Tokyo, I took my cycle over the bridge to Urayasu.  The skies had cleared.  There were a few patches of snow on the ground.  Still the mercury was a bit low and my jacket was zipped all the way up.  Just some slices.  Random, or not.  Just some clicks to enjoy the lovely sabbath.

Urayasu Skies

April Snow and Ice

FIshing Goods, with Urayasu Tozai Line Bridge

I've Got Your Number

Note Paper of Life

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Cameras are a tool I use to express myself.  I have always felt comfortable with on in my hand.  The camera has given me the freedom to go out into the world, and see the world though an extension of my heart.  I have been able to cultivate and explore the interconnectedness and symbiotic nature of that world.  It is like writing down in my journal. A visual journal created with pixels, and oxides.  Line by line, page by page or frame by frame they all build a story of my life.  Sometimes I wonder why I bother.  But that notion is quickly squashed when I over that I have no choice.  I must go out into the world and find my voice, and record those interactions in images.

Click after click

Day after Day.

Line by handwritten Line

Lined Sign Reflected Self, Note Paper of Life

Fifty Yen Coin, Waiting by the Vending Machine

Composition with Dots, Lines and Rectangles

Polka Dotted After the Storm

Wintery Chills and Positive Vibes at Raize it Up Live

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Got to see some good vibes being dropped on the Wheels of Fire by Brimstone127, and hosted by the first lady of Miami Culture, Soulflower.  We had a fire pit going keeping us all warm until the vibes lifted up our collective temperatures.

Brimstone127 on the Wheels of Fire , Miami 2010

Kavayah Heartbeat , Miami 2010

Fire Circle, Miami 2010

Just Concrete, Please

Friday, January 29th, 2010

After a bit of a scare with a potential cold, I felt good enough to run a couple errands today.  The day started off nice and sunny, but by the time I got outside the skies had turned as gray as the concrete.  I might as well add that it was as cold as the concrete too.

Scraping the Wall

Arrow Circle

Rainy, Wet, and Cold

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Yesterday the skies darkened, and spring vanished .  The rain came down continuously from the heavens. Never letting up.  Never slowing down.  As the thermometers plunged, I braced myself for a bit of a stroll in the rain.

Rainy, Wet and Cold.

 

Fish on the Wall

Wet Bus Window

Lost Wet Character

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