I’ve been doing private lessons with three nice people — they use the names Sally, Rachael and Victor — on weekends for a few weeks now. Their English is excellent and though we start with an article from the Economist (their choice!) we inevitably veer off into a chat before too long. Last weekend I mentioned my recent frolics among the spring blooms and Sally said that a high school in downtown Gimhae was famed for its meihua — the Chinese plum/Japanese apricot trees I described in the last post — display, and that a festival of sorts was held there each Spring. And thus my Saturday afternoon plans were set.
Sally, Rachael and I (Victor is an engineer and his Saturdays are frequently spent in his office) drove over there after picking up some gimbap — the Korean version of the seaweed-rice snack sold in western cities as California rolls — for lunch. The school grounds were swarming with blossom groupies and photo geeks, many clutching unfeasibly enormous and undoubtedly expensive equipment. The main attraction was a couple of rows of quite elderly Prunus shrubs, many leaning onto crutch-like props, and all spectacularly adorned with bee-laden blooms. There was also a nice magnolia and several photos of flowers taken by local camera clubs were on display.
It was a bright, warm day, not my favourite conditions for photography, but I was excited anyway at the chance to mingle with the big boys and girls, armed with my unobtrusive little NEX, and surreptitiously shoot the shooters themselves while they did their thing. And that’s about all I need to say, except that I had a blast and the outing and company were a nice break from the solitary rambles that usually comprise my weekends..
More Spring stuff coming soon. You have been warned.
~ And that’s all the Goat wrote