Hakone Gardens

It’s so vexing that the blossoming tree is out-of-focus, and there’s nothing one can do about that after the fact.

Hakone Gardens
Hakone Gardens

I wish I had taken a second photo! I couldn’t really tell in the sunlight. Note to self: Take more than one shot.

The reason I posted this was that I really liked the composition. Really it was composed by the garden designer. Japanese gardens are amazing.

Anyway, if you don’t look too closely this will hopefully look nice for you.

Wisteria

Taking a page out of Leanne Cole’s book, I took myself on a photography outing today. Being a photographer is a great way to get out and enjoy beautiful places.

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My Photoshop teacher said last week that Hakone Gardens in Saratoga was looking really good right now.

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The wisteria is in bloom.

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Other things are in bloom, too, so this will be continued…

#Giveaway Monday

Okay, it’s Tuesday, not Monday, but I have some giveaway opportunities for you. I discovered these giveaways and book reviews while preparing for my own blog tour, which is coming up in May/June. All you have to do is comment on the blog postings and you get entered in a raffle for cold hard cash (via Amazon). Plus the book reviews, blurbs, and author bios are fun. You might find something you’d like to read.

This book, Taken by Passion, by Jaymie Holland had a Reviewer’s Choice award from Romantic Times:

http://unabridgedandralyn.blogspot.com/2015/04/taken-by-passion-king-of-hearts-25.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UnabridgedAndra+%28Unabridged+Andra%29

This novel Before We Say Goodbye, by Julie MacLennan about four strangers who meet at a pivotal point in their lives, looks quite interesting.

http://unabridgedandralyn.blogspot.com/2015/04/review-before-we-say-goodbye-50-amazon.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UnabridgedAndra+%28Unabridged+Andra%29

This Polish and Stalin history family memoir meets speculative fiction book, Grace Revealed, by journalist Greg Archer, looks amazing. Apparently the book has light moments too.  The author interview is interesting and fun.

http://unabridgedandralyn.blogspot.com/2015/04/grace-revealed-blog-tour-25-amazon-gc.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UnabridgedAndra+%28Unabridged+Andra%29