Sunday, March 29, 2020

A Dreary Day in Paradise with a 21mm lens

It's a dreary day today, but it's better than yesterday. Yesterday it was cold, rainy, windy and it even snowed a little bit. So, today I needed to get out for a walk. I put my Voigtlander 21mm f1.4 Nokton VM lens on my Sony A7II camera and off I went.

The cherry blossom trees along the Ookagawa river are coming along just fine.

Time to see how the tulips are doing in Yokohama park.

They're a little bent over from the wind and rain but they'll pop back up once they get a little sunshine.

Not so surprisingly there's almost nobody here today.

Marching on.

See how dreary it is today.

Somebody's pride and joy.

Time to checkout the Yokohama New Grand Hotel.

Hey! Somebody left the door open to the Rainbow Ball Room.

This place is amazing.

The ceiling is a work of art.

Time to move on.

Back in Yokohama park and I'm not alone.

Time for some people pictures.

Well, that's it for today. Last shot before going home.

Thanks for stopping by!

Bonus shots!

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Mother Nature - The Show Will Go On!

No matter what happens Mother Nature will not be denied her Springtime glory. So, I decided to go to the Ookagawa river and check out the status of the cherry blossoms.

They are just starting to bloom.

The Ookagawa river is a real showcase for the cherry blossom trees and normally there are vendors in tents selling drinks and food up and down the river. Not this year, that's been cancelled because of you know what.

The wind was blowing strong on the river and I couldn't get the kind of shots I wanted so I moved on to some of the other parks and gardens to see what Mother Nature had on display.

I really appreciate the city of Yokohama for maintaing these beautiful flower gardens.

I think this is the greatest city on Earth.

Taking a walk is a thing of joy!

My old friends the tulips.

This tulip lowered the drawbridge to give me a look inside.

Yokohama park is the place to be for tulip lovers.

Yellow is a good color.

Pink tulips with yellow inside.

Kind of an Easter egg sort of thing.

Walking along Nihon Odori Boulevard.

The daisies in Yamashita park.

The wind is starting to die down now so it's time to head back toward the Ookagawa river. I'll take a shortcut through China town.

And, back through Yokohama park.

Mary Poppins is enjoying a walk through the park too!

I want to ride my bicycle.

Somebody's feeding the pigeons in Odori koen.

Heckle and Jeckle?

The wind is down, the sun is shining and everybody is happy.

And, I'm back at the river.

The celebrations have been canceled but they were nice enough to put up the lanterns.

Another week and this place will be in full bloom.

Time for a smoke break.

One look back at the river and then it's time to catch a train and go home for the day.

Thanks for stopping by!

Bonus shots!

VM75mm f1.5 lens