Kyoto’s Kajuji Temple In Summer: Alive
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desktop background image of bees buzzing around a lotus flower, at the Kajuji Temple (勧修寺), Kyoto Japan  --  Busy as Bees at the Kajuji Temple (勧修寺), Kyoto Japan  --  Kajuuji Temple (勧修寺)  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/1250 sec, f/2.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Busy as Bees
at the Kajuji Temple (勧修寺), Kyoto Japan
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As I mentioned the other day in “Kyoto’s Kajuji Temple at its Most Bleak (is Still Very Nice)”, it was indeed rather bleak (but still rather nice) when I first visited in the winter, but a recent Japan Times article about its summer beauty reminded me to make another visit, so this morning I did.

最近記事勧修寺(かじゅうじ;京都市山科区)の冬の景色けれども、今朝もう一回行きました。夏は全然違う。「生きてる」雰囲気です!

Lotus Flowers pleasantly alive, unlike when I came in the winter  --  Kajuuji Temple (勧修寺)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/1250 sec, f/2.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Lotus Flowers
pleasantly alive, unlike when I came in the winter
Me Among the Lotus Flowers photo by Nicolas Joannin  --  Kajuuji Temple (勧修寺)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Nicolas Joannin, https://plus.google.com/u/0/116578079434506112628
E-P2 — 1/200 sec, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Me Among the Lotus Flowers
photo by Nicolas Joannin
Feeding (and Photoing) the Carp kid's admission came with a bag of cut bread crust for the carp  --  Kajuuji Temple (勧修寺)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/6.3, ISO 280 — map & image datanearby photos
Feeding (and Photoing) the Carp
kid's admission came with a bag of cut bread crust for the carp
Feeding Frenzy for an ornamental fish, carp are really ugly up close  --  Kajuuji Temple (勧修寺)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 160 — map & image datanearby photos
Feeding Frenzy
for an ornamental fish, carp are really ugly up close
The Lake wide angle view  --  Kajuuji Temple (勧修寺)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/7.1, ISO 560 — map & image datanearby photos
The Lake
wide angle view
Common Scene though entirely unhurried and uncrowded  --  Kajuuji Temple (勧修寺)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1100 — map & image datanearby photos
Common Scene
though entirely unhurried and uncrowded
From Behind the Lake In the full-on harsh sunlight  --  Kajuuji Temple (勧修寺)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/8, ISO 280 — map & image datanearby photos
From Behind the Lake
In the full-on harsh sunlight
Counting (we can confirm that there are 209 circular stepping stones)  --  Kajuuji Temple (勧修寺)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 180 — map & image datanearby photos
Counting
(we can confirm that there are 209 circular stepping stones)
Self Portrait in the window of the main hall (the sign says “main hall”)  --  Kajuuji Temple (勧修寺)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
Self Portrait
in the window of the main hall
(the sign says “main hall”)
Stability this stance doesn't have it photo by Nicolas Joannin  --  Kajuuji Temple (勧修寺)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Nicolas Joannin, https://plus.google.com/u/0/116578079434506112628
E-P2 + LUMIX G VARIO 45-200/F4-5.6 at an effective 90mm — 1/2000 sec, f/10, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Stability
this stance doesn't have it
photo by Nicolas Joannin

I'm at a loss to explain the odd stance... my best guess is that I knew that the ground was uneven, so rather than risk misstepping when I wanted to move back a bit, I just leaned back. I dunno. I look silly so I post it.

Exceedingly Pleasant in the middle of the city (the lake is beyond the benches and the two kids)  --  Kajuuji Temple (勧修寺)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Exceedingly Pleasant
in the middle of the city
(the lake is beyond the benches and the two kids)
(the people are on the near shore; the heron on an island)  --  Kajuuji Temple (勧修寺)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
(the people are on the near shore; the heron on an island)
Closed for the Day? do these leaves close up for the main heat of the day, or is this rolled-up leaf still unrolling?  --  Kajuuji Temple (勧修寺)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Closed for the Day?
do these leaves close up for the main heat of the day, or is this rolled-up leaf still unrolling?
Gray, Pink, and White heron, lotuses, and lilies  --  Kajuuji Temple (勧修寺)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 180 — map & image datanearby photos
Gray, Pink, and White
heron, lotuses, and lilies
Off To Daddy Duty  --  Kajuuji Temple (勧修寺)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/2500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Off To Daddy Duty
Kajuuji Temple (勧修寺)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/2000 sec, f/2.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos

He (she?) arrived at the nest immediately following what appeared to be the other parent, and such a racket arose that I thought there was a heron massacre going on. Or mating. Only after I saw the fuzzy “little” ones did I realize that it was parents feeding two or three “babies”....

Fuzzy Babies サギの赤ちゃんたち after the parents had gone off again  --  Kajuuji Temple (勧修寺)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 severely cropped — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 280 — map & image datanearby photos
Fuzzy Babies
サギの赤ちゃんたち
after the parents had gone off again

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All 2 comments so far, oldest first...

While water lilies are lovely, especially up close. if left unchecked there will soon be no water visible in that lake

How cool to see baby herons..a fairly rare sight around here unless you go to the rookeries in another county.

Was that some kind of green birdhouse or feeder on the tree on the “Common Scene ” shot?

And I guess I’m not the only one who thinks it’s easier to walk beside the stepping stones than on them.

The green box in “Common Scene” held binoculars; the stepping stones were close enough to each other to make essentially an unbroken path, so they were fine to walk on. —Jeffy

— comment by Grandma Friedl, Ohio, USA on August 1st, 2012 at 10:47pm JST (5 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

It seems that I had my lotuses and lilies mixed up, so I’ve gone back and updated the prose to hopefully reflect reality.

— comment by Jeffrey Friedl on August 3rd, 2012 at 12:06pm JST (5 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink
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