Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Flower Exhibition and Swans from city park etc;

*Flower  Exhibition at City Cultural Hall  
My friend's father who has been contributed to one of the Ikebana (flower arrangement) schools for a long time was awarded Hoshou-hai prize by our government. This exhibition was in commemoration of his award.  I wish you will enjoy beautiful arrangements exhibited by Ikenobo-school ♪

The work in the first two pictures is his arrangement.

*Went to see Mute  Swans  to our  City Park*
Early spring of 2011, about 400 of our swans we had in the lake of our city park were killed due to the bird influenza;  made all the citizens so sad.  First of this May, we had Mute Swans' couple and their 6 babies from Misaka-storage reservoir from Shimonoseki-City in our prefecture.  I AM really happy to be able to see swans again as they bring back sweet memories of younger days (^.^

*Another critters I found in the park on the same day*
Grey heron on top of the net for pelican area.

Indian Fritillary in front of the Coal Memorial tower in the park

So sorry for the usual long post.
I DO hope I will be able to start visiting you! I'm expecting busy weekend but I'll try SEE YOU SOON.   I had several PC troubles and so on.  Have a WONDERFUL rest of the week.

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  1. Your post is full of eye candy dear Miyako. The swans are so pretty with their children. And the flower arrangements so elegant and artistic. I prefer the minimalistic style when with a few branches and flowers you can create serene beauty. Thank you for linking, have a lovely day.

  2. Beautiful flower arrangements. They are simple yet so elegant. Great photos of critters too! Have a wonderful day!

  3. Congratulations to your friend's father for the Hoshou-hai! His flower arrangements are beautiful! And others, too! Makes me want to try flower arrangements :-)
    Love the photos of the swan couple and their babies. Babies dining adorable! I hope they will grow happy and healthy.
    Sorry to hear about PC troubles. I hope it gets fixed soon. Have a great day, Miyako san!

  4. Wow, the second arrangement is stunning, and also the Wisteria (4th row on right) - no wonder he gets the prize! What a loss when all the swans died. Am happy for the people that they can enjoy new ones! Swans have this elegant look I love.
    Thank you much Miyako for still being able to share for All Seasons this week (I already suspected that there was something that kept you from posting, because most weeks you are early - your perseverance is much appreciated!)

  5. Dearest Miyako,
    Your post does bring fond memories of my American 'brother's' Mom. She was a master at Ikebana and she went numerous times to Japan because of her passion for this art!
    She long has passed away...
    We remain still very close and recently enjoyed the graduation of his youngest child.
    So happy indeed that the great loss of those Mute Swans is growing again. It might take a long time for recovering fully.
    Such a gracious bird!
    Sending you hugs,

  6. The flower arrangements are truly a work of art and your friend's father is very talented. Thank you for linking up today and have a good weekend!

  7. Your friend's father is so talented -- Japanese flower arrangements are always so elegant and perfect.

    I'm so glad you have swans again! They are so beautiful.

  8. Beautiful arrangemenets and I like no 2 shot best. Also the Swans and buterfly shots and video are excellent. Have a happy weekend.

  9. Hello, Miyako! The flower arrangements are all beautiful! It is wonderful that the swans are back, they are lovely! Great shots of the swans and heron! Beautiful butterfly and videos! I hope your computer problems are fixed soon!

    Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post! Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  10. What beautiful photos, Miyako!

  11. Hello Miyako!:) A delightful post as always dear Miyako. The flower arrangements are so elegant, and are a perfect example of when less is more! I'm so pleased for you and your town, that the swans are back. Lovely photos of them, and the signets. What a good idea to place those wooden boxes near the waters edge with food to supplement their diet. I hope they do well. Love your butterfly captures,..what a beauty, but smiled at the arrows, because I thought it was going to be the only photos you would share of it.!!! He he!!:=) Have a nice weekend.:)

  12. Stunning floral designs! Your friend's father has a lot to be proud of with this honor. Loved the beautiful swans and butterflies also. Great post as always.

  13. What lovely photos. Those swans are gorgeous.

  14. Love the baby swans!!

    I do thank you so much for sharing this with us birders at I'd Rather B Birdin''s always a pleasure visiting!!

  15. Pleas do not appologise for the long post , it was a wonderful post, full of fine and beautifull things, which I have no dought many people will enjoy.
    Take care, Gordon.

  16. Loved seeing the swans and their babies! I also loved the photos of the butterflies and all the flowers. Hope you are having a great weekend!

  17. Hello Miyako...I am sorry to hear of your PC problems and hope they are over now as they can be very frustrating. I just love the flower arrangements for their simple beauty yet I know they are complicated to do. I am glad you have swans back and I hope that we do not see that awful virus again....Michelle

  18. That's some great talent! I love the arrangements! Those swans are just gorgeous to see (I usually only see black ones) and the heron is so photogenic!

  19. All wonderful images! I love the arrangements. The swans are beautiful and their babies adorable. How nice to visit them! Thank you so much for joining Friday's Hunt. Hope you have a great week!

  20. Hello Dear Miyako - such treats here in your post. As soon as I read "Flower Exhibition" I knew it would be wonderful... and it was! Such exquisite and elegant arrangements. They are all so beautiful to see. Everything is balanced for the eye and gives such pleasure - thank you so much for all those photographs.
    The swans are lovely to see, always elegant. I know they can be fiercely protective of their young (as they should be), but when gliding on the water and moving their necks they're very gentle and sweet looking.
    A delightful visit as always! Hugs xx