Saturday, 29 April 2017

Day 119, 29 Apr 2017: Buy a bag...

Day 119: ...get some ???? free

Now here's a short quiz for you. Public holiday today, uni is closed, favourite coffee shop is closed. Department store down the road (or, railway line) is open. Catch up time for some needed retail therapy. 

Sounds easy so far doesn't it.

Now, the quiz part: guess what this is...

I purchased a these for free:

petals, mauves and cream

Close up

Folds upon folds

Petals over petals

A little transparent

Together again

And of course, a late afternoon tea.

Green tea cake and ice cream

Now, have you guessed? 
Roses? Yes.
Real? No.
Soap? Yes. Soap. Really.

[Camera : Lumix TZ-85, 9.15pm; iPhone6S, 6.29pm; 29 April 2017]

Day 118, 28 Apr 2017: On the verge of a Golden Week...

Day 118: ...which is code for 'holidays'

Classes today, but none next week. There is a series of public holidays starting tomorrow (the Showa Emperor's birthday, still recognised even though he died in 1989) that, if you play your cards right, can mean no work through until Monday week. It is known as 'Golden Week'. It doesn't quite work like that for academics (we do have to attend work Monday and Tuesday) but from Wednesday through to Friday there follows the Constitution Day (3 May), the holiday between 3 May and 5 May (really) and 5 May, Children's Day. 

So that might have explained the fatigue in classes today...perhaps the students were thinking of other things. 

I don't know, but increasingly I feel I'm approaching that time that athletes recognise their last game or race in upon them; whatever it is that teachers hang up these days, some days I feel like I'm almost there. 

On the other hand, given the view, I'm not quite ready to give up just yet. 

An overcast start to the day

But yella keeps on working


Fly by

Duel of another sort

Creating waves

Where X marks the spot

We'll just keep on working. 

In other news, I've completed my first week as a member of a gym. I went four times out of a possible five (I didn't want to overdo it...). I could get used to this. It is an easy way to get over that 10,000 steps per day we all seem to aim for and I reduced the time it took to 'walk' one km from 20 mins to 15 mins and to 'cycle' five km from 23 minutes to just under twenty. I guess I just have to keep on working at it. 

Life, eh. 

[Camera : Lumix TZ-85,  9.51am, 4.01pm-4.20pm; 28 April 2017]

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Day 117, 27 Apr 2017: Maybe it is the petals...

Day 117: ...maybe it is the colours...

...but there is something about azaleas that I always enjoy photographing. They might even be my favourite flower to photograph. 

No wait, my favourite flower to photograph is...

...the one I am photographing. 

The azaleas have come out everywhere in the last couple of days, quite literally. It seems they just need that little boost of rain and the burst of sunshine and suddenly, there they were. 

These ones featured on hedges all the way along the road to the bus stop.


Pink on pink





Different pinks



There are still a few camellias doing their thing too. They were my favourites today too, while I was photographing them. Easy to be fickle when it comes to flowers...they are just meant to is inevitable they feature so regularly in this #project365, reminding us to stop sometimes and smell whatever flower is before your eyes.

[Camera : Lumix TZ-85,  9.28pm-9.33pm, 27 April 2017]

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Day 116, 26 Apr 2017: It might have looked grey...

Day 116: ...but it had some charm

One reason I've always liked being by the water is to watch the way the colour of the water can change depending on the colour of the sky above: all shades of blue, all shades of grey and occasionally a greenish tinge or a silver sparkle (speaking of which, we must be due another of those soon...). 

Today it wasn't just the grey in the water, but the clouds too put on a bit of a show today in between class preparation and writing. 

It was the clouds at first...

Rippling clouds

Then the water

The clouds kept moving

And rearranging shapes and textures

Banks of clouds

At the end of the day

The wheel is in just to add a bit of colour contrast but far from setting a sombre mood, the greys just lift the spirit a bit when the environment is one show like this. 

Day two at the gym today, with the trainer on hand to demonstrate some new torture exercise machines. We'll see what tomorrow brings on the muscle front. And perhaps, in the sky and on the water. 

[Camera : Lumix TZ-85, 2.29pm, 2.50pm, 3.48pm-3.49pm, 5.06pm, 5.33pm; 26 April 2017] 

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Day 115, 25 Apr 2017: The day begins...

Day 115: ...and sometimes you just never know how it will pan out

Or, just another day portside.

A delayed start to the day today. Should I dart down the coast to catch up with the women's surf club before the season starts (for research purposes of course); should I just head into work as planned and get the week's classes prepared (for teaching purposes of course); in the end, teaching won out over research, such is the modern academic's life. There is always the weekend for research. 

And so what appeared to be just another day at the port...

Clear skies, clear waters

Turned out, the research ship was leaving port today after several days and then other craft set off and converged in a kind of interesting pattern.

A blast from the horn...

...and it pulled out

into the port

Followed by the barge

Hanging a left

And then there was another one

And it opened the throttle

And the appeared to chase

And converge

And hang left

And then...
...they were gone

And then it was done. Research, work, teaching---converging. Hmm, it could happen. 

[Camera : Lumix TZ-85, 1.54pm, 2.36pm-2.44pm; 25 April 2017]

Monday, 24 April 2017

Day 114, 24 Apr 2017: I missed the bus...

Day 114: ...but caught the train

I can see the bus coming down the road where I walk towards the bus stop. Some mornings, it will head around the corner and I'm a bit too far away to run, so I let it through, there'll be another in six minutes.

Sometimes, it hits the corner at about the same time I do, the stop is 20 metres away but, with no other passengers waiting, it doesn't stop...

It could be frustrating, but it does give me a chance to look around and see what I (or my lens) can see...

Papery poppy

Tree in bloom 


The pink version of the white flowers (above)

Lines, platform

Spare seats 

In the frame

It is spring in Japan, and everywhere we look something new is blooming, taking over where last week's flowers left off. It is a nice time, a pretty time, when you don't mind having a few minutes up your sleeve. 

Sun sets over the Rainbow Bridge

And with today's sunset, it was time for me to head off for a new experience...a gym. I've decided the time is now. Maybe one day I'll end up running for the bus, just because I can.

[Camera : Lumix TZ-85,  12.34pm-12.36pm, 4.00pm; iPhone6S, 1.55pm-1.58pm, 6.02pm; 24 April 2017]