Sunday, March 4, 2012

Ten Photos From The 2012 Okinawa Azalea Festival


The hills in northern Okinawa, Japan for the 2012 Azalea Festival came to life yesterday.


There was a marching band that came from far away to entertain the crowds.

So, while they were getting ready to play,  I sneaked off to shoot some flowers.


There are lots of hills to climb with azaleas sprouting all over them.



Traveling in the People Avoidance Mode was the best way to shoot the azaleas.

So, that's what I did.


A few times, it looked like a storm was going to come from offshore but, it never happened.



Looking at all the unopened flower buds, I'd say, there will be a few more weeks of Azaleas.



It's real easy to spend three, or four hours walking the hills.

And, if you get tired, there are plenty of places, along the way, to take a break.


Going up and down all those hills is great exercise but, it can wear you out.
 

Like, I even met this lady, dragging her cat along on a leash.
SHE WAS HOT !
The cat, I mean. 
So, she laid down and took a catnap.


When I had my fill of Azaleas, I went and joined the crowd.
Some Okinawa dance and sanshin music in a festival tent was where I ended the day.
The 2012 Okinawa Azalea Festival was fun but, it wasn't like that time I ran into the 
PRETTY GIRL WITH AN ALIEN

Maybe, I'll go back to take photos of the azaleas next week, again !


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