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February flowers in Expo’70 Memorial Park

Osaka is getting colorful day by day with flowers.  I went to the Expo’70 Memorial Park to shoot February flowers with PENTAX K-5.  Shooting colorful flowers is one reason and another reason is learning many functional buttons on K-5.  As a matter of fact, I was the main photographer for wedding party of my friends’ in the evening of same day.  I needed to practice which finger can set what function as soon as possible, hahaha.  Anyway, I like to share colorful flowers in Osaka in February with you.

Ume (Prunus mume):  PENTAX K-5 + TAMRON 272E (f/4.5, 1/1600, ISO160)

Ume (Prunus mume):  PENTAX K-5 + smc PENTAX DA 10-17mm ED (f/5.6, 1/800, ISO160)

Winter sweet (Chimonanthus praecox):  smc PENTAX DA 10-17mm ED (f/4.0, 1/80, ISO160)

Sasanqua (Camellia sasanqua):  PENTAX K-5 + smc PENTAX DA 10-17mm ED (f/11, 1/13, ISO160)

Japanese witch hazel (Hamamelis japonica):  PENTAX K-5 + smc PENTAX DA 10-17mm ED (f/11, 1/100, ISO160)


Two more cosmos pictures

Cosmos field in the Expo’70 Memorial Park in Osaka

Cosmos at Expo’70 Memorial Park

I visited Expo’70 Memorial Park today when my family went shopping.  It was a national holiday here in Japan on October 10 and was fine weather.  There were so many families, couples and amateur photographers in the park.  Main purpose of photographers was taking photos of cosmos.  For me, of course, cosmos :)  I got the park at noon so I had lunch and took a walk for a while.  I wanted to be in cosmos garden around 15:00 to get lower position of the sun.

Anyway, I got cosmos garden around 15:00 and I found blooming season of cosmos in the garden has just started.  I like to visit there within this month to shoot in full bloom.

Cosmos:  PENTAX K200D + smc PENTAX-DA Fish-eye 1:3.5-4.5 10-17mm (Manual mode, f/11.0, 1/400, ISO200)

WPG’s Photo Quest #102 – Show us what you like or dislike about Fall/Spring

An athletic festival of an elementary school where my son goes to was held today.  It was fine weather today though weather news told tomorrow will be rainy.  I enjoyed my son’s running and dancing very much.  The athletic festival seemed a photography event because many parents took photos with their CANON, NIKON, OLYMPUS and SONY and/or recorded with video cameras.  I was the only one who took photos with PENTAX (;^_^).  Anyway, my photos are so-so fall photos because athletic festival in Japan is usually held in fall.

After the athletic festival, I went to a mountain side with my partner and son to look for more fall like objects.  And found these ones :D

Flying & dancing pink cosmos:  PENTAX K-x + TAMRON A16 (Manual mode, f/4.0, 1/250, ISO200)

Terraced rice fields in fall:  PENTAX K-x + TAMRON A16 (Manual mode, f/4.5, 1/200, ISO200)

Red spider lily:  PENTAX K-x + TAMRON A16 (Manual mode, f/2.8, 1/500, ISO200)

All three images were taken without tripod and were edited with iPhoto ’09.

I wanted to introduce Japanese fall to you so I selected typical flowers and view which were seen in fall here.
Red spider lily is one of my favorite flowers so I liked to choose the 2nd and the 3rd ones :)

A swallowtail butterfly

I visited my parents with my family last weekend.  I’m looking forward to seeing my mom’s flowers whenever I go there.  Unfortunately there was no good object to shoot in her garden this time so I made up my mind to go out with my camera.

I met a beautiful swallowtail butterfly very soon.  The butterfly kept on eating.  It must be so hungry :D

Rice field in Nara prefecture, Japan.  Harvest season will come soon.

I met a praying mantis in the rice field.  The praying mantis must say “WHAT?”  haha

I finally found a red spider lily.  It was the first one I saw this year.  It seems blooming season of red spider lily is two weeks behind compared with last year.

Yellow flowers (Patrinia scabiosifolia)

Did it start to get cooler in your city?  We still have hot days in daytime though it becomes comfortable in the morning.  I wandered around Expo’70 Memorial Park with my camera yesterday.  Walking in hot daytime made me so tired but I found yellow flowers which was called “Ominaeshi” in Japanese.  The plant is seen in North East Asia and is typical flower in autumn in old-time Japan.  Unfortunately it becomes difficult to see the plant in nature here.

Pink flowers (Crape-myrtle)

We can see white and purple crape-myrtle flowers except for pink one.  I prefer pink one to others because pink flowers are the best for color contrast against blue sky and green leaves.

A white flower in a Jurassic Park

I found a beautiful flower in a Jurassic Park; Universal Studios Japan.  I’m not too sure but it seems a kind of lily.  Does anyone know its name?


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Can I insert my photos uploaded on flickr directly into a post of WordPress.com?