My Turn: A Few of My Shots From Yesterday’s Trip to the Eikando Temple with Anthony
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Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1400 — map & image datanearby photos
Busy Bridge
Eikando Temple (永観堂), Kyoto Japan

So, after yesterday's post of Anthony's surprisingly good photography at the Eikando Temple, here are some of my own.


Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
Less-Busy View
fall scenes at the Eikando Temple (永観堂) in Kyoto, Japan
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/320 sec, f/4, ISO 2500 — map & image datanearby photos
Susuki Grass
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fall scenes at the Eikando Temple (永観堂) in Kyoto, Japan
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/320 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
Moss and Rock
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fall scenes at the Eikando Temple (永観堂) in Kyoto, Japan
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/640 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Wider View
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Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/320 sec, f/2.5, ISO 2800 — map & image datanearby photos
Branches, Leaves, and Pagoda

Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/320 sec, f/2.5, ISO 2800 — map & image datanearby photos
Spinning
( yes, he smoothed the stones back before leaving )

Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/250 sec, f/2.5, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Stone Sombrero
in the dark shade of a well-canopied garden area
fall scenes at the Eikando Temple (永観堂) in Kyoto, Japan
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/320 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
Break
for mitarashi dango and tea
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Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/320 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1100 — map & image datanearby photos
“One for You, One for Me

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/1250 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Just Chillin'
(literally; it was cold)
fall scenes at the Eikando Temple (永観堂) in Kyoto, Japan
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/320 sec, f/2.5, ISO 5000 — map & image datanearby photos
That Bridge Again
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Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/100 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
From the Pagoda

Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/250 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
Rest Area
with the red parasols slightly visible through the trees
fall scenes at the Eikando Temple (永観堂) in Kyoto, Japan
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Quiet
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All 2 comments so far, oldest first...

Inspiring pics… they grow up so quick!

— comment by Mike Wren on December 3rd, 2011 at 12:35am JST (6 years ago) comment permalink

I’ve visited Eikando twice, once in maple season. While the garden is ignored by a popular English-language garden guide, I was impressed by the garden’s ability to disperse a large number of people comfortably, and by the immaculate maintenance. Two young gardeners going over a patch of moss near the street stick in my mind. Of course I’ve got a not-very-good photo of the stone sombrero.

I got a lesson in maintenance from a late 19th century villa to the south, whose garden designed (I think) by Ogawa Jihei was open to the public during restoration. Shrubs had been removed or very severely pruned, a pond was dug up, and the place generally looked as though it had suffered some calamity. But (as was pointed out by an enthusiastic expert) the stonework was spectacular and visible in all its glory.

You can’t just sit back and watch the plants grow, maybe whacking them a bit when they start to block a path. A garden needs constant attention, and sometimes major rethinking or replacement of elements past their prime or shaded by a growing tree.

I’ve been providing a bit of free labor to a modest public garden, Heathcote in Fort Pierce, Florida. For a while, maintenance fell far behind and a habit had taken hold of fearing to prune or move plants. After two years of vigorous activity the garden is still nothing memorable, but it is vastly improved. About the only species in common with Kyoto would be Rhapis palms, Aspidistra plants, and a few azaleas. The garden lacks southern magnolia (surprisingly popular in Japan) and crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia). The hybrid crape myrtles grown in the US are probably unlike the Japanese native lagerstroemias that I’ve seen in Kyoto.

— comment by David Martin on December 3rd, 2011 at 8:56am JST (6 years ago) comment permalink
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