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Butterfly on Mt. Mudeung

gwangju mudeungsan mt mudeung butterfly

Mudeungsan butterfly

I suppose today’s photo could have been taken anywhere, but it wasn’t. Today’s pic was taken on Mount Mudeung in Gwangju so it qualifies for Korean Tuesday.

Frequently when I go hiking I like to take along just my camera with a prime 24mm lens mounted on it. The size is smaller and weight is less than any other DSLR lens option I have. However, photos like today’s would be missed if I always opted for this lighter combination. Today’s photo is my second best hiking option, my 24-120mm f/4 lens which allows for a lot more zoom and subject isolation like this.

California Academy of Sciences – butterfly exhibit

California Academy of Sciences Golden Gate Park Rainforests of the World

During our trip to San Francisco this past (long) weekend I brought only one lens–my Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8. This worked fine on my D600 in 90%+ of the situations, but occasionally I wished for my 70-200mm or an ultra-wide angle. Today’s photo was one such situation where a longer lens would have been nice. We were checking out the butterflies in the “Rainforests of the World” exhibit in the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. A wonderful exhibit, if you plan to visit, be sure to make it your first stop, and arrive before noon for best results. In the afternoon the line went on forever.

Shinjuku Gyoen Sakura

japanese cherry blossoms tokyo japan

Bokeh (暈け or ボケ)

暈け  ボケ boke bokeh ume plum blossom

Ume (梅) in Arisugawa Memorial Park (有栖川宮記念公園 or Arisugawa no Miya Kinen Koen) in Tokyo

Boke or bokeh is a relatively new term (since the 90s) in the English language. It comes from the Japanese word 暈ける which means “to be blurred” or “to be out of focus”. Boke refers to the blurry portion of images which add a nice backdrop to the subject matter.

By the way, the plum blossoms will begin soon in Japan. I took this photo in early March, but some will be visible in January.

Macro shooting with Nikon D7000 18-200mm VR II lens


Today’s photo wasn’t taken in Japan. I took it last week on the SOU campus. It’s one of the few cherry trees in Oregon that look like the sakura so common in Japan.

I don’t have a macro lens for my Nikon D7000. The camera with the 18-200mm lens simply won’t focus on anything closer than half a meter (1.6 feet) from the lens. I thought this would be problematic in taking these kinds of macro shots. That has not been a problem though. Instead of going inches from the target and taking the photo at or near 18mm, I just back up and zoom. This photo was taken hand held with a breeze blowing at 150mm. Not a bad macro, close-up shot for a non-macro lens like this…

Japanese critters

蜘蛛 spider kumo

When you think of wildlife in a big city not much comes to mind outside of the zoo. Well, maybe you think of rats and cockroaches, but we haven’t seen either of those in Tokyo. (I saw lots of cockroaches when I lived in Tokyo 20 years ago, but my dwellings at the time were pretty grim too.)

At the nearby park, 甘泉園公園, there are tons of spiders. This park is immaculate. Everything is in perfect order except the spiders and their webs. I’m guessing the grounds keeper has either given up on the spiders or just likes them. It does add a certain charm to the place.

japanese beetle

We’ve seen lots of other little (and not so little) critters running about, like this beetle.

とかげ japanese lizard

This lizard had no problem posing for a photograph, but what made him really cool was where he was…

とかげ japanese shinto shrine lizard

…perched on a stone torii gate in the middle of a Shinto shrine (Mizu Inari Jinja to be exact).

蝉 semi cicada locust tokyo japan

I’ve heard a lot more from this last bug than I have had the chance to see. I’ve only seen a few, but it seems like I’ve heard millions by now. These are the ubiquitous semi (cicada) that fill the summer air with their cries.