Sunday, April 26, 2015

Tulips

Spring in Japan continues with or without the cherry blossoms. Most of the times, people assumed that spring is over once the sakura blooms fall. But there are still lots of flowers all over Japan this season. Just like the tulips which are currently taking the centerstage in Kanagawa prefecture.

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Last weekend, after checking the weather forecast, we trooped to Sakura Oldness and Open Space for the annual Sakura Tulip Festival. A small part of the field was converted into a mini-Holland the complete with a symbolic windmill.

field

Tulips

nature's masterpiece
unveiled for public auction
one lips, tulips, gone.

/totomai

As photo enthusiasts, we wasted no time in taking photos and creating our own little world. The colors were enough to drown us and made us forget that we were in Japan.

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Being on this field solidified my philosophy that there is always poetry in photography. You can’t just ignore nature’s haiku. Once you spot it, try reading it. 

Sometimes, you have to grow on your own.

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alone

There were lots of things happening at the same time. You can’t shoot everything no matter how hard you try to. There were cases that you need to stop what you are doing and appreciate the scenes unfolding right before your eyes.

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There are various kinds and colors of tulips. The field was like a watercolor palette. Of course, no one can deny the fact that the bugs are incredible happy during spring time too. More food for them.

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bug

Once the sun started to set, we knew it was time to go home. My mobile phone was responsible in recording the clips / highlights of the activity. Here’s the video of the day trip. Click video.

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I think two or three more posts will be about spring flowers. Despite being sick because of pollen allergy, there's no stopping me in celebrating spring.

Hope you are all enjoying the season.

Flowers to those who are affected by the earthquake in Nepal, India, New Zealand. Be safe everyone.

/totomai 
2015/04/25 

Photos taken with Nikon D7000, 
lenses used : 
     Nikkor 105mm 2.8f 
     Nikkor 18-300mm 3.5f 
    Tamron 11-16 mm 2.8f
     Nikkor 10.5 mm 2.8f

64 comments:

  1. Tulips are wonderful...and that's a great photo indeed.

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    1. oh they are but they disappear so fast too..

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  2. Beautiful photos, Totomai! I've seen fields of tulips in the state of Washington. There are few sights more beautiful. They definitely are nature's masterpieces while they last!

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    1. Indeed Mary, I think every field is a masterpiece. Nature can be a show off sometimes. :)

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  3. I was not aware of the tulip fields in Japan. Your photos and words are beautiful, totomai. You really have an amazing eye and a way of framing your pictures.

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    1. There are two tulips fields that I now know Gabriella. My blog will be overloaded with flower posts lol

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  4. The lip of tulips kissing spring, I really love the picture of the single tulip our of line...

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    1. It's one of my fave shots last weekend Bjorn

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  5. What a joy it is to read and view your posts. Your photography is such that I am sure we would always find beauty in all that your camera captures.

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    1. Thanks Robin, I always enjoy taking photos thus sharing them make me doubly happy

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  6. Love your posts.. words and images...thank you for sharing!

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  7. your words and photos do complement each other..this post is sheer delight....

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    1. Thanks Sumana. I'm enjoying spring that's why :)

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  8. how cool.. that really looks like holland... i love tulips... together with cherry blossoms they just shout spring

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    1. I've never been to holland yet but the books say so. Thanks Claudia

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  9. Such beauty................... and the innocent cute girl running among the flowers, both god's lovely creations:)

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    1. I love her expressions too :) Thanks VS

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  10. This is oh so beautiful..! Even words that I utter wouldn't do it justice enough to describe its beauty!!
    Loved it :D
    xoxo

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    1. Thanks Sanaa. The place was really beautiful...

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  11. one lips, tulips, gone.

    That's classic Totomai It certainly brings out the auction mania! Your pics are another set of classics.

    Hank

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  12. I thought I was in Holland with the first shot...there is a similar place in the US in a couple of states but not here. Here tulips are not happy with our climate. I too will be writing about spring for at least another month. And I couldn't agree more....be in the moment with your camera and capture what you see....as always these were fabulous captures of the activity around you with the flowers for backdrop....you are a gifted artist in telling a story in pictures and words.

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    1. I thought I was in Netherlands too when I went there. Thanks Donna for your kind words

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  13. visited a tulip farm once in Detroit area... was an awesome sight

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    1. Tulips are pleasing to the eyes. :)

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  14. The images are a delight. I moaned at the sight of the white tulips, made enormous by your chosen angle, and the wee windmill on the background...

    ...and your haiku? Pure perfection. The third line made me smile and then laugh... Thank you! ♥

    P.S. Hope those allergies leave you soon.

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    1. I really hope so Magaly. But I think I'll have to embrace it for the time being or else I will miss spring lol

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  15. Delightful images...!Definitely, there's 'poetry in photography. You can’t just ignore nature’s haiku.' How true!! Very good style of poetry writing and the novel way of putting it across. Loved it.

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    1. Thank you Panchali. If i am running out of words, I just look at the photos :)

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  16. Lovely pictures of tulips - I have not seen one here yet, but I have heard they are out in the park so may need to take a trip over there to experinece their splendor.

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    1. Oh yes, perfect time when they are not yet fully bloom :)

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  17. Gloriously intoxicating as ever Totomai :)

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    1. Thanks Jae. Hope you feel well soon

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  18. Delightful Totomai - a real uplifting delight to look through... Natures Poetry indeed... Thank you so much... With Best Wishes Scott

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  19. colorful, bright, and a wonderful viewing.
    ZQ

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  20. The color alone begged me to stay until sated...Thank you so much for sharing,

    Elizabeth

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    1. The colors will stay forever Elizabeth

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  21. A delightful prose and haiku posting. And THOSE PHOTOGRAPHS! Whew ... just beautiful!!!

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  22. you take excellent photographs on your phone! the fields are stunning! and loved the ones with the little girl and the dogs.

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    1. Photos were taken with my DSLR. videos with my phone :)

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  23. Lush. Like youth. The town I'm from has enough Dutch heritage to be a tulip place--but nothing like the intensity of commitment to tulips you show here.

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    1. I hope your town can have a tulips festival too Susan

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  24. Beautifully done, a pleasure of all that is tulips.
    I echo your thoughts to those devastated by the earthquake.
    Anna :o]

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    1. Thanks Anna. Hope's all well to those who are affected

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  25. A great poem, a great expression of the business around tulips.

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    1. I forgot to share but you can actually buy the tulips there :-)

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  26. Nice! We have a Tulip Festival in my city: Ottawa Canada. Come shoot it!

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    1. Haven't been to Canada yet. Maybe in the future

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  27. Breathtaking pictures, totomai!!! Tulips are so lovely and happy :)

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    1. Thanks Torie. Tulips are pure joy...

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  28. Always feel happy when visiting your site, Totomai. Glad you'll keep celebrating spring. Nice photos, love dogs resting in the flowers....Peace to you and your allergy....

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    1. Allergy will always be a part of me I think. Thanks Humbird :-)

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  29. Stunning photographs.....the first one is my absolute favorite!

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    1. I'm planning to have a print of it :-)

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  30. Totomai,

    A delightful array of colour with these tulips. Like a fashion parade of the best on show!! The Sakura Tulip Festival looks wonderful, especially as it looks more Dutch, than perhaps Holland itself. A fantastic exhibition, with the images to share it...
    Thank you for enhancing my knowledge of Japanese traditions with springtime.

    Eileen

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    1. Thanks too Eileen. But these flowers wither fast... have to wait for next year to enjoy their beauty again.

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  31. One word. Gorgeous. I have been scrolling through your previous posts and I couldn't find a single picture that wasn't breath-taking in every sense of the word.

    One of the most beautiful blogs I've seen lately. :)

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, Enigma :-)

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