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Ginkgo trees on a beautiful 2022 morning
My visit to Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Avenue in 2022 was okay. I thought my timing was spot on, but it wasn’t. I was a little too early. There was still a fair amount of green leaves but a good amount of yellow too. Still, the trees were good enough to photograph.
I got to the Jingu Gaien early, about 7:00 am. It was good I didn’t arrive earlier. If I had, the surrounding buildings would have blocked the sunlight. So if you go to see the trees, keep that in mind. Go well after sunrise!
Still, it was a beautiful morning. There were no clouds and the sky was so clear. It was one of the superb autumn mornings.
In other ways, it was okay. Early in the morning, under the ginkgo trees was dark, but photographs were possible. The best part was the constant light. There was no great variation to it. It made photography easy. In processing, all I needed to do was raise the lift the exposure.
This year, there were a couple of people with dogs. Actually, every year they are there. But these were different. They were incredibly trained. Their owners would put them down and tell them to wait. The photo session started.
The dogs were all immaculately dressed. Most had hats and scarves. Two I shot had a suitcase. I couldn’t believe their patience, though. They waited and waited and waited while their owners took photos. If that had been my dog Junya, he would have given up and run off after two minutes.
I want to go again to photograph the ginkgo trees. In a few more days, they will be perfect. They would look so much better if I photographed them in their morning glory. If I have time, I’ll be back there next week.
By the way, there is news about the area. The Metropolitan Government has approved a redevelopment plan for it. Many of its trees are at risk. Those along the avenue will be kept, but over 900 others will be cut down. You can read more in this article. I don’t think this is a good idea. What about you? Read the story and let me know your thoughts.
Let’s finish off on a brighter note. The tape that was around the trees in 2021, was mostly gone. Not all of it. There was enough in strategic positions to annoy photographers. Hopefully, there will be less in 2023!
If you are in Tokyo, have you seen the ginkgo trees yet? Please let me know if you have. I’d love to hear other people’s experiences with them.