Friday, September 22, 2017

The Sigma Sd Quattro H camera

Yes, I bought another camera. I bought the "Sigma Sd Quattro H" hence the title of this post. I wanted to see if this camera was as good as I hoped it would be. I went to all my favorite locations to run it through the paces. So, here we go.

The Royal Wing pulling away from Osanbashi pier.

Some wide open space at Aka-Renga-Soko (Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse area).

It's a nice day for friends to enjoy being together.

Turning a crate full of empties in to a work of art - at least that's my desire.

Old ceramic jugs.

Curtain tie back with tassel - very elegant.
This is not my beautiful house
And you may tell yourself
These are not my beautiful curtain tie backs!

A reflective waterfront near Yokohama North Dock.

A rusty old bridge.

End of the line.

Rumor has it that they store imported coffee beans here.

Keep out. Rust on the waterfront.

So far I'm enjoying the results I'm getting from this camera.

Taking the Sd Quattro to the streets.

I know happy when I see happy and this is what happy looks like.

A facet drips in Nogeyama park.

I like the beach once the summer crowd has gone.

And, it looks like the crowd is gone!

Our seawalls are the best seawalls.

Everything must oxidize - it's the law.

Go fly a kite.

Go fly a big kite.

Beach junk.

I'll put my faith
In the arms of an open road
And you can come along
If you choose
--Roger Nichols

The beach road in Nobi.

Looking back at where I've been.

Another day another ship in port.


The retirement plan is alive and well. Find a bench and sit on it!

Life in a post card pretty world.

It's a beautiful life to live.

Who can turn the world on with her smile? 
Who can take a nothing day, and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile? 
Well it's you girl, and you should know it 
With each glance and every little movement you show it 
--Sunny Curtis

No phone, no life
Sad but true

Fans of the franchise.

Everyday people

I said, give me your hand.

Portrait of a young lady on a bright day.

Always end the day with a smile on your face and a cold drink in your hand.

More of the Sigma SD Quattro camera to follow.
Thanks for stopping by!
Mike

Friday, September 15, 2017

Manza Onsen! - September 2017

Manza Onsen is a hot spring and ski resort area located in Gunma prefecture here in Japan. This onsen is 1800 meters above sea level high up on the slopes of Mt. Shirane.

For this trip (we've been here before) we stayed at the Manza Prince Hotel.

Unlike our previous trips, this time we used public transportation to get here. On the last leg of the journey we rode the hotel's shuttle bus from Karuizawa train station to the front door of the hotel; pretty nice!

On the second day I was out and about right after breakfast. This pond is located just minutes away from the hotel.

A well maintained walking path makes it easy to walk around the pond.

It's quite peaceful out here. Although, I did bring some brass bells that were provided by the hotel to hang on my belt. The jingling sound of the bells is supposed to keep the bears away. Hope it works!

The boardwalk zigs and zags along the edge of the pond. There are no fish in the pond because the water is too acidic.

A last look back before I move on.

Continuing on I arrived at this small shrine at the beginning of another nature walking trail.

I was greeted by this small stone statue.

Looking at the landscape I'll soon be exploring.

Small mountain flowers dot the trail.

I'm a big fan of mountain streams.

Looking back down the trail one can see the hillside covered with hotels.

Kind of a primitive looking place.

It's a nice trail but one must pay attention to where one walks - a misstep could spoil the day.

All alone in the woods, just me, my thoughts and my jingling anti-bear bells - oh my!

Okay, I'm not alone now, I can see some other people out enjoying the day.


This is fun!

Did I mention that the air is filled with the smell of sulfur - yes indeed it smells like rotten eggs.

Come winter the snow will be quite deep here.

Day 3, more exploring. On the left side of the road is an aqueduct that takes care of the sulfuric water running off of the mountain's hot spring sources.

The mountain stream water is a beautiful white sulfuric color.

Hot steam rises out of the ground.

A touch of blue sky.

The sound of a mountain stream's running water, the smell of sulfur in the air - heaven on earth!

A closer look.

Grey clouds in the sky move quickly sometimes parting briefly to revel some blue sky.

The Manza Prince Hotel scene from a different angle.

Some dead trees are still standing; monuments to the acidic mountain air.

The winding mountain roads attract a lot of motorcycle riders on the weekends.

Last day: There's only one thing spoiling this picture - yes, it's me!

I love the wispy clouds.

All good things must come to an end. We've left our high altitude onsen heaven and returned to the Karuizawa train station to catch the bullet train to Tokyo.

This bullet train is heading in the opposite direction.

Here comes our ride! We're riding in style.

Until next time...
Thanks for stopping by!
Mike