Some early blossoms

It’s still cold, but here are some signs that spring is getting very close. I saw these flowers last night, right around the corner from my house, while coming back from Hachioji.

Note – these were taken just after sunset with my iPhone 7 Plus. So it seems to be pretty good taking photos in very low light conditions.

 

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First day of autumn bike ride along the Nakagawa and Shin Ninagawa

Today is the autumnal equinox, a national holiday in Japan. And it’s beautiful weather outside. I decided to do a full course bike ride along the Nakagawa and Shin Nakagawa.

First, a view from the Nakagawa, a bit further up the river than from where I usually take photos. You can see the Sky Tree off in the distance. The river is very winding, so the position of the Sky Tree seems to move around as you are riding. Sometimes it’s in front of you, sometimes it’s to your right, sometimes it’s behind you.

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About another kilometer ahead, you come to a park, and a sports field. This is also right next to the Katsushika Sports Center.

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Just past the sports center, and over a small bridge, you continue along the Nakagawa.

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At the end of this path, you come to a small park which is at the junction of the Nakagawa and the Shin Ninagawa.

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The rest of these photos were taken along the Shin Nakagawa on the circuitous route back in the direction of my house. The path along the river here is much wider.

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Fall colors and sunset along the river

Around 4 pm I decided to rouse myself from my desk chair stupor and go for a walk down to the Nakagawa. The weather was clear blue skies, and the fall colors were vivid. And I think I got a good pre-sunset photo of the sun low in the sky with good river highlights.

To the left of the large sun you can see the Sky Tree.

Sunset was at 4:50 pm today.

 

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