A Few Pink Blossoms at the Sennyuji Temple
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Pretty in Pink Might be some kind of “redbud” bush Sennyuji Temple (泉涌寺), Kyoto Japan -- Sennyuji Temple (泉涌寺) -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Pretty in Pink
Might be some kind of “redbud” bush
Sennyuji Temple (泉涌寺), Kyoto Japan

Continuing with the recent series from an April stroll among a bunch of temples in eastern Kyoto, when I'd stumbled across the Sennyuji Temple (泉涌寺) I'd done so at a side entrance, but I later found the main entrance and the nice initial view one gets when using it:

View From The Main Entrance Sennyuji Temple (泉涌寺) Kyoto Japan -- Sennyuji Temple (泉涌寺) -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/3200 sec, f/1.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
View From The Main Entrance
Sennyuji Temple (泉涌寺)
Kyoto Japan

The ladies in the photo above are looking at a shrub of pink blossoms that are otherwise out of place among the green tunnel of the side entrance path...

Sennyuji Temple (泉涌寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 450 — map & image datanearby photos

Of course, I had to check them out up close with my Voigtländer 125mm macro, which tends to love flowers and blossoms (as seen many times on my blog, recently including here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here).

With a Thin Depth of Field -- Sennyuji Temple (泉涌寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
With a Thin Depth of Field
A Bit Deeper -- Sennyuji Temple (泉涌寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/8, ISO 4000 — map & image datanearby photos
A Bit Deeper

I don't recall it having rained recently, but there were water droplets everywhere...

Sennyuji Temple (泉涌寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/8, ISO 5000 — map & image datanearby photos

I tried focusing through the drop to what was refracted from behind it, but the result is pretty indistinct...

Sennyuji Temple (泉涌寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 720 — map & image datanearby photos

After the lack of color in last week's Roofs and Gardens post, I'm happy to get a bit of color back.

The view from the pink blossoms down to the main hall was nice...

Checking the Map -- Sennyuji Temple (泉涌寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/1000 sec, f/4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Checking the Map

All 2 comments so far, oldest first...

Hi Jeffrey – I just googled Redbud to see what that is in American and it seems you might mean it is a cercis (what the brits call a Judas Tree). Am pretty sure this pink beauty is not a redbud but is a rhododenron-azalea hybrid. Peter in Wales will probably put us straight!
Loved the delicate focus stuff.
Think the droplet is sap emerging from the stems.
Rather lovely all round.
Annie

— comment by Annie in London on August 16th, 2011 at 3:39am JST (6 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Spot-on Annie ! I think it may be Rhododendron reticulatum, a deciduous rhododendron native to western Honshu and parts of Kyushu and Shikoku.

I am not a great rhododendron buff, and generally they don’t grow particularly well in our garden, but this one does hold a strong appeal to me. Even if I were to grow it here, I don’t know that it would look as good, out of its native context. But I may look out for one to try, anyway !

I especially like ‘Checking the map’ for some reason, perhaps the contrast between hard-edged roofs and soft bamboos in the background.

Can’t help wondering whether you are missing your Voigtländer whilst in the States, Jeffrey.

— comment by Peter in Wales on August 16th, 2011 at 6:44pm JST (6 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink
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