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Cherry Blossoms at Kyoto’s Ryouanji Temple, Part 1
cherry blossoms at the Ryouanji Temple (龍安寺), Kyoto Japan
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
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It's been a busy few days since I postedWeeping Cherry at Kyoto’s Ryouanji Temple (龍安寺)”. I came down with a cold, my wife performed in a local production of Swan Lake, and I recovered from my cold, in that unfortunate order. No time to even look at the photos from the other day beyond a quick glace at the top of the stack, so here are a few more from the start of that outing...

cherry blossoms at the Ryouanji Temple (龍安寺), Kyoto Japan
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 180 — map & image datanearby photos
Random Cherry By the Parking Lot
at the Ryouanji Temple (龍安寺)
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After all the buds and blossoms I posted last month (such as here, here, and here), I told myself I'd concentrate more on shots of folks enjoying the blossoms, rather than the blossoms themselves, and we saw that posts here, here, and here. But I couldn't help myself, so here we have some more blossom shots....

cherry blossoms at the Ryouanji Temple (龍安寺), Kyoto Japan
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 160 — map & image datanearby photos
Creamy at f/2.5
Ryouanji Temple (龍安寺)
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cherry blossoms at the Ryouanji Temple (龍安寺), Kyoto Japan
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/8, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos
Less So, at f/8
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cherry blossoms at the Ryouanji Temple (龍安寺), Kyoto Japan
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
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Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/1000 sec, f/2.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Different Strokes
for different trees...
full bloom, full of buds, and completely bare

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 15mm — 1/800 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Rest Area
under a canopy of blossoms
west end of the Ryouanji Temple (龍安寺)

I passed a tourist going the other way that I had to return to ask for a portrait...


Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 160 — map & image datanearby photos
Stash With Style
Simon Rickard graciously poses for an impromptu portrait

15 seconds from start to end, but having missed focus a bit, I could have used 20 seconds.

Moving into a small grove on the far west of the temple grounds, we found the landscaping crew at work...


Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 180 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 220 — map & image datanearby photos
Tree Painting

I take it that they had just pruned the trees, and were now applying some kind of protective salve over the cuts.

This was the area with the gorgeous, towering weeping cherry. Here's a vertical version of the previous post's image...

the 'weeping cherry' in full bloom at the Ryouanji Temple (龍安寺), Kyoto Japan
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/1000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Towering
weeping cherry at the Ryouanji Temple (龍安寺)
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It was a visual feast for the camera... I hope some of my shots came out. We'll see.

the 'weeping cherry' in full bloom at the Ryouanji Temple (龍安寺), Kyoto Japan
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
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Continued here...


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