Late to the Party: Plum Blossoms at the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
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After Easter mass, we made the 15-minute drive over to Kitano Tenmangu, a Shinto shrine in north-west Kyoto that dates from 947, famous for its pink and white plum blossoms. It was my first visit.

Most Trees Were Like This -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 38 mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
Most Trees Were Like This

We didn't realize just how past their prime the plum blossoms were: the trees were mostly bare. I see now that they have their plum-blossom festival in late February, so we're a month late to the party.

Still, there were a few bunches of blossoms here and there, in deep pink, bleached white, and various colors in between.

Pure White -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Pure White

I'm sure it's breathtakingly spectacular during full bloom, but the lack of crowds and the resulting relaxed atmosphere that we found today made the blossoms that where there thoroughly enjoyable.

Bride Being Prepped for a Photo Shoot -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
Bride Being Prepped for a Photo Shoot
Extra Pink -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/250 sec, f/5, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
Extra Pink
Main Building From a Distance with mostly-bare plum trees everywhere -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 40 mm — 1/160 sec, f/7.1, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
Main Building From a Distance
with mostly-bare plum trees everywhere
Impromptu Family Portrait -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 30 mm — 1/160 sec, f/7.1, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
Impromptu Family Portrait

Behind us you see what looks like a little bell with a tassel hanging from it; it's actually a couple of feet across, and the rope is as thick as my arm. (Large Shinto shrines have such a bell, used to draw the attention of the gods to your petitions.) Here's a shot of the bell and the detail under the eaves...

Sumptuous -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Sumptuous

I took that shot with the intent to compare against the eaves of the Tanigumisan Kegonji Temple, a temple which seems too busy doing whatever a temple does to be so pretty. (As for me, my camera enjoys both the sumptuous and the plain.)

Here are a few more nice shots from the main part of the temple. (We also entered the gardens, but pictures from that will have to wait for a different post....)

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Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/320 sec, f/4, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/45 sec, f/8, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 26 mm — 1/400 sec, f/4, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos

All 3 comments so far, oldest first...

Sometimes, as they say, less can be more! Looks a lovely place.

— comment by Peter on March 24th, 2008 at 1:59am JST (9 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Wow, love those Extra Pinks. You should send a few branches of that to Mom- that’s her favorite color for flowers. And I’m sure no one would mind you on a ladder with a saw getting the prettiest branches down to send 🙂

— comment by Marcina on March 24th, 2008 at 11:00am JST (9 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Your wife definitely likes this hat. 🙂 Nice family pic.

— comment by Anne on September 9th, 2012 at 4:55am JST (5 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink
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