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Plum Blossom Afternoon; Koishikawa-korakuen Gardens, Iidabashi, Tokyo

I took one of my nature-loving students, Yuka-san, to a garden in Tokyo she had never been to before and which I only discovered a week or two ago; Koishikawa Korakuen, in Iidabashi. The ume [plum blossom] is well on the way now and we caught the place bathed in a bit of late afternoon sun. Lovely.

Shooting nature puts me in a really good place; relaxed, still, zen-like in my one-ness with all around me. Bloody marvellous way to spend a couple of hours and, despite being slap-bang in the middle of Tokyo, a superb antidote to the city bustle.

Nikon D300

Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 AF D @ f/3.3