Tuesday, June 12, 2007

iris garden

I haven't been out to take pictures much lately and I've really been wanting to get out to a garden to see the irises which are blooming now. (And getting anxious that I'd miss them, or they'd be past their peak by the time I managed to). But today it was sunny and I had the afternoon off so I headed to Koishikawa Korakuen to visit their iris garden. Other than being a bit too hot in the sun (I'm a perpetual shade-seeker), it was wonderful. However be warned..I took loads of pictures. Of course not all of them are good and some are very similar, but you'll be seeing a few more over the next little while.

11 comments:

  1. Can't wait to see more pictures. Those flowers are lovely. I'm a shade-seeker too although that's hard to do in Texas :)

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  2. Where did you take these? There are lots of irises in Niigata Prefecture (where my in-laws are) but blooming in late July yet. If we miss the irises in the city, we could always go to Niigata to see them again.
    Lovely shot.

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  3. Iliana,
    I imagine. Been using my 50 SPF sunscreen lately. :P

    Grace,
    Koishikawa Korakuen is a traditional Japanese garden in Tokyo, near Tokyo Dome. June is pretty much the season for irises around here. I'd love to go north where it's cooler so everything is slower to bloom.

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  4. Ahhh, these flowers are just gorgeous Nat, this reminds me I haven't been to a park or garden since the weather got better...I will have to go with my camera in tow...got any tips for great flower pictures, you take such perfect shots! I've got an ordinary digital cam, a Sony Cybershot. Tks!

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  5. Lotus,
    They're not all perfect, believe me! Nancy's much more knowledgeable than me- she'd probably have some good tips for you. I love close-ups so I use the macro setting a lot, and I do keep the image quality setting at the highest (takes up more storage but crisper pics usually) but I really do let the camera do most of the work. I'm slowly learning to fiddle with various settings though. I always take loads of shots, the beauty of digital, and then choose the good ones.

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  6. Excellent tips, Nat, thank you, will check with Nancy too...I am most inspired...perhaps I'll go out this evening, I like the afternoon-evening sun, it's so much gentler.

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  7. Lotus,
    Hope you'll share some of your results. :)

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  8. Holy Toledo!! That is gorgeous!!!

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  9. LOL! I loved all the shades of purple mixed together.

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  10. kakitsubata!!! natsukashii!!

    Long ago we used to visit a really similar place and you can see some pics HERE if you want.

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  11. Arukiyomi,
    Thanks for the link to your pictures. I had a peek at some of the others too, hope you don't mind - they're great! How long were you in Japan?

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