Tokyo Skytree from @naomi0326’s Balcony
When Tokyo Instagrammer Naomi Nakazaki (@naomi0326) moved into her new apartment, she not only gained a new place to live, but also a fantastic view of the Tokyo Skytree right outside her balcony. It was not long before Naomi began to direct her passion for photography to the new landmark tower, taking snapshots of the Skytree at different times of the day to create a dynamic series. “I would try to wake up before dawn every morning and take pictures at daybreak,” she says. “I feel sleep deprived all of the time because of this.”
Naomi also likes the view at night when the Tokyo Skytree is lit up, but her favorite moment is when the lights go out every night at 11PM. “I like the softness and airiness of that moment,” she explains.
Want to capture a favorite landmark in your hometown? Here are some tips from Naomi:
- Look out for the changes in the sky. One cloud can completely change the expression of the scene.
- For something big like the Tokyo Skytree, try to capture the scene so that it looks high and wide within the square frame.
- Aim for the perfect angle—when taking pictures on your phone, the slightest angle can hugely affect the colors you can capture.
This story by Brainpickings reminds me of my roots. Migrant farm workers who traveled from Oklahoma and lost their youngest son at the time on route. They didn’t have the $10 it cost to have a Dr. see the baby. The Farmer they were working for at the time said he would have given them the money but they didn’t ask. He paid to have the child buried there in Arizona and the family headed on to California to start their new life.
Blue Pond, Hokkaido, Japan
photo via mental
I hope we make it to Hokkaido, Japan before we return to the States.
Book Store, Paris, France
photo via jaci
"Is God angry or frustrated with us? The theological roots of this belief run deep.
Jonathan Edwards expressed this view in his now famous sermon ‘Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God' when he said that God 'abhors you, and is dreadfully provoked. His wrath towards you burns like fire; he…
One of the hardest truths I had to accept to move from bondage to freedom, from pressure to joy……because of Christ, in Christ, God is no longer angry with me (even though I deserve his wrath).’ He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock and covers me there with His hand.’ It’s His kindness that leads to repentance. Oh the wonder of it all.
Holding my breath.
Clinching my teeth.
Busying myself with household chores.
Volunteering for another ‘worthy’ cause.
That’s how I got through many of my conflicted days of motherhood.
The only holiday that reminds me of how messed up I was as a mother nearly as much as Christmas is Halloween.
I’ll be glad when there are no more cute, trick-or-treating dress-up pictures on Facebook to remind me what an uptight fear-driven mother I was (still am?).
Of course that does mean I’m one month closer to Christmas.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer quoted in this newsletter by Robert Genn
I don’t personally know Robert but I’ve been encouraged in my art work by following his posts. I’m so saddened and sobered by this recent post.
Every time I start to write something here on Tumblr my inner critic jumps in and stops me. I erase and start again, a different story, a different thought or feeling,….a paragraph or two, then I delete and close the window.
I can share quotes from books and other people’s posts. Photographs with brief or no description are easy to pass along.
But my words, my stories are stuck in my head. Well, they come out verbally when there is a listening ear nearby. Skype phone calls and facebook private messages don’t leave me speechless but blogging has eluded me.
I have stories to tell. Maybe it’s time to write them for myself alone. To be used later in a memoir or for loved ones to read after I’m gone. Maybe no one will read them but it would be helpful to process by writing them down.
I wonder what’s going on.