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Another Trip to the Plum Blossoms at Ushi Tenjin Kitano Shrine

The first time I went to Ushi Tenjin Kitano Shrine to photograph its plum blossoms, I was quite underwhelmed.  At that time, the flowers had just started to bloom and the weather wasn’t very good. I really wanted to get better pictures of the flowers, so when I visited the nearby Koishikawa Korakuen a week later, I thought I had better drop in and get a few more pictures.  I was glad I went, but once again, not entirely happy. The weather decided not to cooperate.

Ushi Tenjin Kitano Shrine when the plum blossoms were in full bloom, during 2019

One of the komainu (lion dogs) that act as guardian deities at shrines

Once again, it was extremely overcast.   That couldn’t be helped, but I felt it was a little unfair as I had gone there twice, without being able to get some blue sky in the pictures.

This would have looked so much better with some blue sky in the background

Still, I think you can easily see in the pictures, the area around the shrine looked completely different.  The trees were in very good shape. I was quite happy with that. It was just a pity that the weather was so overcast.

Anyway, please accept my apologies for this very short article, but I don’t think there is anything to add after the previous one, which you can see here.  You can also see Ushi Tenji Kitano Shrine’s website here.

Gear used for these pictures:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T2

Lenses - Fujifilm XF 10 - 24 mm f/4.0 R OIS

  Fujifilm XF 16 - 55 mm f2.8 R LM WR


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