Maggie loves to go crazy in off lead dog parks and play with any dogs that are up to the risks involved. She is the Afghan pictured in every photo. The other dogs are various participants at different times of the year. From the top the season is Winter, Spring, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Autumn. No one has ever been injured by Maggie and she in return remains accident free. Can you spot the head of the third dog in the second last image? I apologise that not all are well framed however the action is so fast one just snaps away.
My first glimpse of Mount Fuji was in May 1990 from a shinkansen window as we travelled from Hiroshima to Odawarra. I almost missed it because of the distractions flashing past outside the train as it hurtled along. Suddenly the cloud cleared and through the smog Japan’s sacred mountain appeared, hovering in the sky. Close up there is something awe inspiring about Fuji San
Last night at Ricketts Point the “after sunset” kept getting more colourful as the rays played with light on the underside of cloud layers that sat high in the sky. Even the birds were watching. There were probably over one hundred human watchers scattered around the bays either side of the point. Todays weather forecast was for high 30’s oC and a North wind.
It was certainly predicted by the intensity of last nights sunset.
We decided to take in a sunset at Ricketts Point last night after missing a wonderful display on Saturday evening. The setting sun was not showing much promise until just a couple of minutes before it settled over the horizon. Suddenly the display of colour in image 2 emerged from the scene of image 1. After another 5 minutes or so the brilliance began dissipating up into the cloud and reflecting from it.
The three wise monkeys of Nikko Japan sum it all up. I had them high on my bucket list of what to see in Japan and was lucky to fulfill that wish in 1994. I was leading my first school trip to Japan and with one of my colleagues abandoned the students and other teachers in Tokyo Disneyland and took off to Nikko for the day. We definately had the better deal although the sacred white horse, a gift from New Zealand needed some cheering up in his tiny stable. A good chat in New Zealand accent made him very happy.
A trust everyone reading this haiku and connecting the image can understand my political satire arising from the act of sedition in Washington D.C. yesterday.
I do recommend visiting Nikko if you plan to travel to Japan, (when you can) in the future.