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SL Hitoyoshi

March 26, 2013

We took a drive up to Hitoyoshi on a whim and happened to catch the steam locomotive passing through the Kumagawa river valley on its way back up to Yatsushiro. We also found a really interesting part of the railroad track on our way back where it makes a big loop followed immediately by a switchback. I think I’m going to want to check out more of the train photography possibilities around here. Those little stations in the mountains are really interesting.

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Miyuki took this picture for me as we were driving along the valley. The power of landslides is incredible and really scary.

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More hanami?

March 26, 2013

Okay, we actually got out for a little on Saturday morning while the weather was still good and were able to enjoy some more flower viewing. These pictures are from Mochio Park.

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One of the weird things about spring here is how many leaves fall off the trees while the flowers are coming out. We have cherry trees blooming on one block only to turn the corner and find piles of leaves from some other trees lining the street. I still love this view from our room, especially with the sakura in front of the courthouse.

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Hanami Happenings

March 22, 2013

This may be the only time I get to do the yearly tradition of going out to celebrate the blossoming of the cherry trees and the coming of spring. It looks like the only days I have off work are going to be rainy and with the flowers already in full bloom (a week and a half earlier than normal years!) and a couple of rainy days in the near future the blossoms will be gone before we know it.

So, we went out late last night to check out the blossoms. Even though it was quite dark and a little chilly, it was nice to see the flowers.

This picture was taken in the dark with hardly any lights. It’s kind of grainy and I haven’t done any post-processing but I’m happy with the result. I’m looking forward to experimenting with long exposures more in the future.

This is a 30-second exposure. You can see the stars if you look closely.

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Sleeping Buddha in Fukuoka

March 19, 2013

We took a trip up to Fukuoka so I could take a test and wandered around a bit when I had some free time.

First we found a nice temple in downtown Fukuoka City.

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The next day, after taking my test, we went out to Sasaguri-cho and found this giant statue of a sleeping Buddha.

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Lightning Mountain

March 2, 2013

We took a drive this afternoon out into the woods and found a nice little hill with a view of the Kirishima Mountains and Miyakonojo. We got there just as the sun was setting. Looks like a nice place to camp, too.

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Isle of Little Horses

February 24, 2013

We took a trip down to Toi Misaki today to visit the wild horses.

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Plum blossoms in Miyazaki

February 23, 2013

The next couple of days, we drove around various places in Miyazaki to see the plum blossoms.

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