Taking pictures of items at a perspective much closer to the ground gives me a greater appreciation for the little things in life. It’s often while on walks with Nozomi that I look down at the wonderful world we tread on and see the vast wealth of colours that pass beneath us with each step. Now that the trees are changing colour and autumn descends on the land, the ground is much more vibrant than at nay other time of year. These leaves were observed early this morning along the riverbank near my home.
Earlier today I had the luxury of recording not one, but two podcasts. It seems as though an eternity has passed since the heydays of DiscoverADN and, while recording, I was reminded of how much I enjoy the whole process of podcasting. From the preparation to the recording to the post-editing and publication, I enjoy every step. What made today particularly interesting is the fact that both podcasts didn’t exist this morning. Now they both exist. Both have their first episodes recorded, and one has even been edited and published. I’ve missed podcasting.
In my youth I would not so much read Star Trek books as consume them. Between the ages of eight and twenty-six I managed to read every book that was published, some of them five or six times. Unfortunately, my reading habits changed drastically after moving to Japan. In Canada I would read two or three books per week. In Japan it’s been two or three books per year. I’ve missed reading books and, as a result, have made the conscious decision to get back into reading them … starting right where I left off with Star Trek: Enterprise.
For much of my youth I was fortunate (and unfortunate) enough to live across the street from my school. So, rather than stay at the building and eat lunch with my peers, I would go home and enjoy my lunch there. From Noon to 12:30 for the vast majority of my elementary school years, the Flintstones would keep me entertained while I scarfed down whatever food was waiting for me. One of the episodes that I found to be the most unfair had Fred trying to lose 25 pounds in a month in order to win $1000. After trying and failing a number of diets, Fred joins Food Anonymous and never gets to eat a meal again.
Nozomi and I are enjoying our daily walks in the park now that the summer heat has been vanquished by the onset of the autumn winds and all the cool air that sweeps across the nation of Japan as a result. While the typhoons have been few and far between this year, the photo opportunities have been nothing short of spectacular. Nozomi and I are now covering close to 30 km a week together, and I’m doing another 45 while out and about for the day job. In addition to the comfortable breezes that caress our skin in the fall, photos tend to be more vibrant and much sharper thanks to the lack of atmospheric disruption as a result of 35˚C temperatures.