Sunday, May 8, 2011

Golden Lanterns.

Female Oriental Greenfinch with nesting material at Toyanogata, Niigata, April 17, 2011.

Golden Week has come and gone for another year. I didn't do any bird watching. Last 'bird' outing was at Toyanogata back on April 17. Didn't really see much although we found a couple of Long-tailed Rosefinches almost in the exact spot I photographed one on the 10th last year. I didn't get any good shots this year. A little frustrated by rows of photographers with big 600 and 500mm lenses on tripods. It means you can't stalk subjects without getting in the way. I like portable equipment allowing me to meander, wander, explore and stalk. This allows me to choose the best angles for lighting and good backgrounds. I don't like standing in a line waiting for Monday to get closer. 

For Golden Week we just visited some local tourist spots. First we went to the Northern Culture Museum followed by Yahiko Shrine. Buckets of people were flowing through both places on the always busy Golden Week Holidays. I uploaded these photos en mass and they came out in in different order than intended.


Male Oriental Greenfinch, Toyanogata, April 17, 2011.
A walking path at Toyanogata. Photo taken with my mobile phone. April 17, 2011

Azure-winged Magpie, Toyanogata, April 17, 2011.

To the side of the entrance path of the Niigata Northern Museum.  (May 4, 2011)

View at the Northern Culture Museum (May 4, 2011)

Inside looking out at the Northern Culture Museum. (May 4, 2011)

Garden at the Northern Culture Museum.

Wisteria just showing signs of awaking at the Northern Culture Museum.

The scenery at Yahiko Park. The blossoms all gone.

Looking towards Yahiko Mountain from Yahiko Park. 

Stone stairway at Yahiko Park. 

"Toro" - Japanese Lantern at Northern Culture Museum. (May 4,  2011)

At the Northern Culture Museum. (May 4, 2011)

This "Toro" in the grounds of the Northern Culture Museum is about a metre high.

Same as above.

"Toro", in the grounds of the Northern Culture Museum. (May 4, 2011)

A stone "Toro" at the Northern Culture Museum.

A very large stone "Toro" at Yahiko Shrine.

Wooden "Toro" at Yahiko Shrine.

One of two, "Komainu", (They mirror each other)
- a 'Lion-dog' guarding against evil spirits at the entrance of Yahiko Shrine. (May 4, 2011)


Canal at the entrance of Yahiko Shrine.