Provia Azalea Garen

There was still some color over at the Bryan Park Azalea garden in the winter. I had to get some Provia 400X before they were sold out since I never shot with it before. Loved the colors with it, not as vivid as Veliva but nice. The pond as covered in algae and the fountain was off.

Taken with a Voigtlander Bessa R4M with Provia 400X



Lewis Ginter Japanese Garden

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens is a nice garden to go to in the Richmond area, it is a lot less busy in the winter once the light festival is over probably becase not much is growing yet till spring. There was a week that it was open for free right after the light festival and that was when I stopped by.

Taken with my Voigtlander Bessa R2 on my Canon 35mm f2.8 lens. Ilford XP2 film


Honen-in Temple in Kyoto

Great little place up along the Higashiyama mountains that is off the philosophers path in eastern Kyoto. The temple is small but a pleasure to stop at. There are stairs to raise up into deep shade and the thatched gated entrance is nice. There are two mounds that sit right before you as you enter. They are supposedly to purify you as you enter. I was there in the afternoon and had to wait a long while before I could take this without anyone in the picture.

Taken with Bessa R4M with 21mm Color Skopar with Ektar Film

Love this place and so peacful to walk up to this temple to off the philosophers path.


Ektar Bamboo

Bamboo is here and there in Japan along with Ceder and Pine. You will find special walks through bamboo in Arashiyama and Sagano in Western Kyoto but this was taken at a temple in eastern Kyoto. Great temple, Kodai-ji has a lot to offer when visiting the Higashiyama area.

Taken with a Voigtlander Bessa R4M with a 21mm lens and Ektar Film
Bamboo at Temple

Silver Pavilion in Kyoto

The Silver Pavilion as it is called was at one point supposed to be clad in Silver foil just like the Golden pavilion but never got to it. The Silver Pavilion, Ginkaku-ji, (real name Jisho-ji) was built around 1482 by Ashikaga Yoshimasa as a retirement villa. He modeled it after his grandfathers, Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji), which is why it looks familiar to it and then once he passed it was converted into a temple. the gardens are great and sprawling even up the Higasiyama hills. Great part of the Philosophers walk as the beginning or end. Grab a bike and go!

Taken with Bessa R4M with 21mm Color Skopar and Canon 50mm f1.4 ltm on Ektar Film

It was not covered in Silver but you can see the foil on display near the end of ┬áthe walk by the store…


The gardens are a pleasure to view as you walk through them with water on two sides. I enjoy looking at the trees and two times I have been there and they were up in them pruning them…


Looking over at the buildings that are not part of the tour but are pretty setting for the gardens indeed…


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