Happy New Year

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How to celebrate a Japanese New Years – I especially like the idea of #15: “Celebrate the `Firsts`. Attach special significance to the first of everything you do this year. Some traditional firsts are kakizome (first writing), hatsuyume (first dream), hatsumōde (first shrine visit), hakizome (first house cleaning), and hatsuburo (first bath).”

Now where can I get some mochi!

 

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visited this beautiful rose garden in Timaru today…

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these roses are all heritage roses collected over a lifetime by Trevor Griffiths, for example this one is listed a Polyantha, Archiduc Charles from 1846!

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While the roses are beautiful, the most stunning visual feast to me was the colour pallet of the fallen leaves

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blue on blue = summer bliss! Shot at Timaru with Canon 5DmkII and Distagon 21mm lens

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mid break…

 

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Rakaia Gorge, shot above with Fuji x100s… below with Canon 5D and Distagon 21mm lens

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soundtrack for that last photo = the gentle polyphonic hum of bees