Tuesday, March 11, 2014
It's getting to be that time of year, again and these 5 sites are in my plans.
It doesn't matter how many trips, I've made on the ferry.
Almost every year, we hit the flower festivals but, I like these spots, even more.
The Niya-thiya Cave
That's because 1,000 people survived the Battle of Okinawa, living in there.
Everybody came out alive. That's a good story.
Plus, they have this legendary fertility stone in there.
So, I go in there every time just to check.
None of my daughters or, granddaughters better be in there fooling around with that thing.
Wajee View Point
From this location, you should be able to catch a good sunrise or, sunset photo.
It's still on my list of things to do because the weather hasn't cooperated, yet.
One of these days, we'll getterdun.
The Statue of Hando-gwaa
This is located in Shimumuraya Tourist Park.
I'm still searching but, TV series and operas have been made of this tragic drama.
The poor girl, allegedly hung herself, with her own hair, up on the mountain.
She got mixed up with the wrong dude and, took her own life.
Last century, the mother-in-law, made the teenage daughters watch it on TV, Wednesday nights.
What a hoot. If there's a heaven, guaranteed, she made it there !
Mt. Gusuku or, Tachu
The island is really flat, except for this one peak, which is only 172 meters tall.
It's another location, I have, yet, to catch under favorable light.
But, I'm kind of partial to tobacco so, I shot this scene, anyway.
The Ernie Pyle Monument
If you've never heard of this guy maybe, you should do some reading.
He had a knack for reporting how miserable life on the battlefield can be.
This is the spot where his career ended.
So, I think, it's kind of sacred ground.
Towards the end of April, this island becomes overwhelmed with tourists.
That's when the white lilies will be in full bloom.
It is really a sight to see and, I will try to keep everyone posted on the flower situation.
Just in case (like me) you want to avoid the rush on this tiny island.
Go over there, any other time and, hit my favorite 5 attractions with your camera.
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Monday, March 10, 2014
The Latest Editor's Picks by Better Photo
The sabani photo was placed at the top of the pile because it was made vertically.
Some folks call that portrait style and, usually, I don't shoot that way.
That's mostly because I'm not a portrait type of photographer.
To view these Editor's Picks at higher resolution and read captions, click on titles.
More about the Goat Fights at Sesoko Jima may be seen at Japan Travel.
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Sunday, March 9, 2014
Made Into Boating Bow Wows
It took some doing, getting this gal from Okinawa, into a Boating Magazine.
They have plenty of girls in bikini photos but, Asura doesn't wear those things.
Pets on the Water was the category I entered her in.
In an email to the editor, I explained that, Asura sails with the sabani team, Ayakaji.
The photo was taken at Kanna Beach in Ginoza, Okinawa, Japan.
Here's a link to the image at Boating Magazine
It's a little tricky because they have 146 Boating Bow Wows.
The first one you will see is #1. Then, you have to push NEXT, above the photo.
When you get to #3, you can see this sabani sailing dog.
Then, hit Like and Tweet and maybe, we can get Asura into the #1 position.
That's where she belongs, I think.
PS I almost forgot. You can look at the girls in bikinis, while you're over there, too.
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Something Was Different Here
Out of all the kinds of shrines and temples we visit, this was the first one like this.
Two big shisa statues were guarding the stairway leading through the torii.
This photo was taken as a reminder to do some research on this place.
Something told me, it wasn't a Buddhist Temple or, the usual Shinto Shrine.
This site is believed to be where Akainko ascended into heaven.
According to the Ryukyu Cultural Archives he is the patron diety of sanshin music.
Read more about the culture and history of the sanshin in:
Friday, March 7, 2014
There Wasn't Anything to Do Outside Today
So, last year's photo files were looked at again.
Finding a pile of images undeveloped from March 2013 I went to work.
Don't let this photo fool you. There's only one bird in the picture.
When you upload five or more similar scenes into Google+ they do this for you.
Auto Awesome creates a Motion GIF.
So, I throw a bunch of pictures, like this, in there.
And, go out for a cup of coffee.
By the time I get back in the office, the work is all done.
And, the egret gets to eat the worm !