The roses were so pretty. I really enjoyed trying my close up filters to capture their softness and fragility.
I think the little guy is probably the mail and the large egg bearing female is the prettier of the two. This variety almost always had the two kinds together in the web.
We also saw a couple of praying mantises. This was was having a butterfly feast.
This guy was very busy wrapping up his lunch, but the still didn't capture the frantic winding that was going on.
There were an abundance of water lilies. Unfortunatley, the lotuses were finished.
Lots of flowers, and lots and lots of bugs, flies, butterflies and mosquitoes.
A beetle in a rose. I waited for a bit to see if it would turn around, but had no luck.
A different mantis, waiting for his lunch. He seems to be saying "Land right here, little butterfly".
Newly harvested rice, put out to dry. I was covered with orange netting to keep the birds away.
Another type of water lily with very strange leaves.
A white rose done in B&W
I forgot the name of these gourds, but thought they were interesting. They were huge!
The breeze kept me from getting this as sharp as I would have liked, but I still wanted to keep it. Yum, yum.
An old farmers kitchen with some of the cooking utensils displayed outside.
These little brown butterflies are quite tame, and easy to photograph. We saw lots of them in Hakone too.
Cosmos are one of my favorite flowers, so I was happy to see many of them in bloom.
Aloe and a leaf, with last year's spider.
It was the season for spiders. I am fascinated by them, so could have spent an whole day just photographing spiders.
This was a sculpture outside a soba restaurant where we had lunch.
More of the water lily monsters on the way out of the garden.