Thursday, October 29, 2009


Note:  Blogger has made some changes in how pictures are handled. Now, when I publish a landscape orientation photo in the largest size, the photo is cut off on right side. Something I need to work on, but not tonight!

The streets in Japan, at least in the area around Tokyo, are very narrow. With all the bicyclists around, we were amazed that we did not see any accidents. Here are a few fun photos of local traffic. 

Neither Eddie or I got behind the wheel, which is on the right side of the car, but I did ride in the front seat when my daughter-in-law drove, and I took some pictures through the windshield.
In two-way traffic it really did not look like two cars could fit on the roadway.

Approaching a turn, it really seemed as though a head on collision was about imminent.

In one of the above photos, you can see a figure just behind a car.

Enlarge the image and you see one of the ubiquitous citizens out in public with a protective mask.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

More Japan — Pedal Power…

We spent most of our time in Japan with family and in the local are where they live, about 25 miles outside Tokyo. It was amazing to see people of all ages riding bicycles as their primary mode of transpotation. The bicycles in the above photo were parked on a busy shopping street, and the cyclist in the remainder of the photos were taken in the same general area. I especially liked the lady with an umbrella, and the elegant looking lady waiting for a train.

Monday, October 26, 2009

After a month's break…

It has been over a month since I last posted any photos on my blog, and almost three weeks since we got home from our trip to Japan. It was wonderful spending time with our son's family — especially with little Brianna, who is a joy, an we did get to see some of the local color. And of course, I took lots and lots of photos. I have finally sorted through them, and for the next week or so I am going to try and post a few photos everyday.

I had two camera with me, my trusty Nikon D90 DSLR and my new, pocket size Panasonic Lumix. The Panasonic has a variety of modes for taking photos — including 25 different scene modes. One of them is Ariel Photo, designed to take photos through airplane windows. Naturally, I had to try it out! This first photo was taken shortly after we took off from JFK.

Expand the post for a few more photos from the flight.