Wednesday, 2 September 2009
Another weekend of weddings. Due to old advertising and word of mouth, nearly all my wedding bookings are still in Scotland so I went back up to spend my last night in our cottage in Dumfriesshire and Galloway. It was quite sad to see it so empty. The weddings were enjoyable at least.
Waterton Park Hotel, the venue for Steven and Sarah's wedding was fantastic. It was set on its own little island with a footbridge over the water so plenty of opportunities for taking photos. In the evening, Sandra and I took a stroll around the grounds and I took this photo of a man bringing his row boat back in to dock.
A trip to Harajuku in search of people dressed in unusual outfits turned out to be a bit of a disappointent. The only outlandish costumes happened to be when we were sat down to eat so I missed the photo opportunity. I think we'd just gone at the wrong time of day. However, at the very end of the street we saw this interesting looking character sat on a wonky bench while the world went on around him.
Still in Nara, we visited a rather peaceful garden which was full of a huge variety of plants. This huge grasshopper was quite happy to sit perfectly still while I got closer and closer with the rather wider than I would have liked lens. In the end I was only a couple of feet away.
We were in Kyoto during some of the Gion Matsuri, which is a big and colourful festival. These monks were waiting to transport huge golden caskets up to the Yasaka-Jinja temple. It took hundreds of them to lift the heavy things up to the shrine, looking like they might tip over and be crushed at any moment.
Taking this photo gave me some idea of what it would be like to be a paparazzi photographer. Something I never ever want to do. In the Gion district in Kyoto at certain times of the day, it is possible to see Maiko (apprentice Geisha) occasionally walking between tea houses. The huge crowd of waiting tourists point them out and chase them down trying to get a photo which can't be very pleasant. This one looks quite scared and I felt pretty guilty about it afterwards.
Whenever I'm in the garden Charlie follows me around. I was pondering what to take a photo of when he took the opportunity to explore the shed roof which I was standing next to, which was pretty useful since it provided me with a subject. Charlie isn't usually so useful. He hasn't made a habit of it at any rate.