More From the Awaji Flower Review
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Lotsa' Pretty Flowers -- Awaji Hana Sajiki -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 35 mm — 1/250 sec, f/7.1, ISO 1100 — map & image datanearby photos
Lotsa' Pretty Flowers

Here are some more pictures from last week's day trip to Awaji Island's Awaji Hana Sajiki (“Awaji Flower Review”), which I wrote about in last week's “A Few Flowers in Awaji” post.

When we arrived after a two-hour drive, we found a parking lot mostly free of cars, and completely free of cost, which was a very nice bonus. The first flowers you see upon leaving the parking lot is this somewhat sparse field...

Sky, Ocean, Flowers but it was hazy, so it's hard to tell the sky from the ocean in these pics -- Awaji Hana Sajiki -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 36 mm — 1/8000 sec, f/6.3, ISO 450 — map & image datanearby photos
Sky, Ocean, Flowers
but it was hazy, so it's hard to tell the sky from the ocean in these pics

Frankly, it was a bit disappointing to see such a scraggly field after such a long drive, though at least it was big. The disappointment totally evaporated after the next rise, were we were greeted with a big bed of something pretty (petunias?)...

Now This Is More Like It -- Awaji Hana Sajiki -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 50 mm — 1/8000 sec, f/8, ISO 1400 — map & image datanearby photos
Now This Is More Like It

I still didn't understand the magnitude of what we were in for until following Anthony over yet another rise...

Awaji Hana Sajiki -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 62 mm — 1/8000 sec, f/8, ISO 900 — map & image datanearby photos

...and found a whole hillside covered in flowers...

(you can even see a boat on the ocean in this shot) -- Awaji Hana Sajiki -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/8000 sec, f/8, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
(you can even see a boat on the ocean in this shot)

The yellow flowers are nanohana (Rapeseed), which means, in one translation, “side dish flower”, which makes a lot more sense than the “field flowers” I misidentified it as in the earlier post; they're not uncommon as a side dish in nicer bentos, and I had some just the other day.

The purple flowers are murasaki hanana ムラサキハナナ(紫花菜) – “purple flower leaf”. I don't know the English name, but the Wikipedia Japan article has lots of Latin names on it.

Artistic Interpretation sorta' -- Awaji Hana Sajiki -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/8000 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Artistic Interpretation
sorta'

It turns out that we still didn't know the full extent of things. Due to the lay of the hill, there was quite a bit between the yellow flowers in the foreground and the yellow and purple flowers in the background.

Somewhat Unsettling big eye -- Awaji Hana Sajiki -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/1600 sec, f/8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Somewhat Unsettling
big eye

The eye design is apparently something related to the poet Kenji Miyazawa (1896 - 1933). I'd never heard of him or his work, so didn't think much about the eye other than it was pretty, but slightly discomforting.

In the photo above, on the horizon halfway between the center and left edge, you can see two faint white towers. They're the main towers of the Akashi Straights Bridge, which I wrote about last year in “Heavy Lifting: Supporting the Longest Suspension Bridge in the World”. The two towers look to be close together, but owing to the long length of the bridge, one is 25% further away than the other. (One is 4.4 miles away, while the other is 5.7 miles away.)

“Noisy Grass” -- Awaji Hana Sajiki -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/8000 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
“Noisy Grass”

Fumie found a plant with tiny heart-shaped seed-filled pods that rattled, penpengusa (shepard's purse). Anthony and I had never seen it.

One part of the hill separating sections of flowers had a big wooden walkway, allowing wheelchair access and, on a rainy day, mud-free access...

Interesting Shadows -- Awaji Hana Sajiki -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/800 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Interesting Shadows

The yellow flowers were most prevalent, likely because they're also a crop....

Yellow Flowers and a big orange weed -- Awaji Hana Sajiki -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/2000 sec, f/4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Yellow Flowers
and a big orange weed
Less Flash, More Class -- Awaji Hana Sajiki -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/1250 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Less Flash, More Class
Photo Op -- Awaji Hana Sajiki -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/1250 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Photo Op
Lotsa' Colors -- Awaji Hana Sajiki -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 62 mm — 1/250 sec, f/11, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Lotsa' Colors
Layers -- Awaji Hana Sajiki -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 60 mm — 1/400 sec, f/7.1, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Layers
Family Photo photo by a kind passerby -- Awaji Hana Sajiki -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/1250 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Family Photo
photo by a kind passerby
Fun -- Awaji Hana Sajiki -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/1000 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Fun
Fun at 24mm fisheye distortion -- Awaji Hana Sajiki -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/250 sec, f/11, ISO 280 — map & image datanearby photos
Fun at 24mm
fisheye distortion
Waving Bye-Bye to the Sun -- Awaji Hana Sajiki -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 14 mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Waving Bye-Bye to the Sun

All 7 comments so far, oldest first...

These photos are great! When I look at a photo, if it doesn’t “tickle” my interest right away, I usually move on to the next. These made me stop in awe. Fantastic.

— comment by Earnest Barr from Amami on April 15th, 2009 at 12:32am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

In the field of yellow flowers I don’t see a big “orange weed” ..I am seeing a big pretty orange flower! This is so beautiful. It is a feast to eyes to see blue ocean and multicolored flowers all in one view.

— comment by Sonal, MN on April 15th, 2009 at 1:17am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

“I don’t see a big “orange weed””

I’m pretty sure Jeffrey’s talking about the orange-shirted growing like a weed little boy with the big smile 🙂

He’s a very cute weed!

Great photos, and great flowers! These remind me of the flower fields in Carlsbad where we used to live in California. Sigh. Now I have children and want to photograph them there, it’s too far to drive!

— comment by Marcina, USA on April 15th, 2009 at 10:13am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Actually, Marcina, I believe Sonal had it right.

— comment by Grandma Friedl, Ohio, USA on April 15th, 2009 at 9:55pm JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks for “Waving Bye-Bye to the Sun” for I am a sucker for long shadows of people, preferably having some part of people.

— comment by parv on April 15th, 2009 at 10:52pm JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Oops. Yup, I didn’t read carefully. But then again, considering how long Anthony’s legs seemed stepping on the bus, I may stand by fast growing “weed” 🙂

— comment by Marcina, USA on April 16th, 2009 at 2:37am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Nice landspace!

they remember me the landscapes taken from one japan photographer, Atsushi Motoi.

I envy you … 🙂

— comment by max on April 17th, 2009 at 3:19am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink
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