Now begins the boring part

I’m back from Okinawa (about which more later), and as of this morning, I am done with the ankle surgery. But only with the surgery part of it: now I’m facing a month of incarceration in a plastic boot.

Since I’ve done this before, I have the dubious joy of knowing exactly what I’m in for. Though I’ve made at least one improvement this time around; putting one of my arch support inserts in the boot has done wonders for the circulation to my toes, which I remember as one of the chief miseries of the last round. On the other hand, this evening my foot twitched in a fashion that sent a bad enough spike of pain up my leg for me to call my orthopedist, except it was after office hours, so I probably won’t hear back from him until tomorrow. So that officially undoes all my happiness at the circulation thing. >_<

This is the most tedious part. I can’t do anything to speed my recovery; I can only (try to) avoid setting it back. In a month I’ll get to do PT, which will be a joy by comparison — please remind me of that when I’m suffering through it. :-P But at least the surgery itself is over, which is a relief.

A Year in Pictures – Sunset Tree

Sunset Tree
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You’d never guess it to look at this shot, but I was standing on the edge of a parking lot when I took it. We were nearly done with our time at Point Lobos, but I saw this tree out on the rocks, with the sunset behind, and just had to stop to capture it.

A Year in Pictures – Kinkakuji

Kinkakuji
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When this posts, I will be on my way back from a week and a half long karate seminar in Okinawa. It seems a good day for this shot of Kinkakuji, the famous temple in Kyoto that is quite literally plated in gold. (There’s another one that was supposed to be plated in silver — Ginkakuji — but that one’s still just wood.) It’s kind of a refrackulous place, but undeniably photogenic.

A Year in Pictures – Memorial in the Wake

Memorial in the Wake
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The next time I take a picture like this one, I’ll have an easier time of it.

Hawaii was one of the last trips I took before I was in the habit of using Lightroom to edit my photos, which means I didn’t plan for the editing process in taking the shot. Which means I took about twenty-seven of these shots, trying to get one where the horizon was actually level — that wake you see is from the ferry I was riding in, so I kept being rolled in one direction or the other. In the future I can just take a wider shot without worrying as much about the framing, and then straighten it out in post.

quick Okinawa update

I have survived training! Most of it, anyway; maybe all. It’s unclear whether there will be more training on Kouri Island, which is where we’re going for the next couple of days. The schedule originally said yes, but the final version said no, and we’ve been told not to bring bo or sai or even gi. So if we are going to do more karate, it’ll be in swimsuits on the beach. Which would not be a bad thing . . .

Apart from the fact that I ended up learning kusanku yesterday (a kata I’m not supposed to know for another year or so, which involves dropping to a one-legged crouch three times and is absolute murder on your right quadricep and glutes), I think I’m in pretty good shape. Ankle isn’t bothering me much, though it was a bit bad on the first day — I think I blame the plane flight. Okinawa is hot and humid, but so far not as bad as it could have been. I’ve experimented with continuous shooting for stuff that’s moving (traditional Okinawan dancers; adorable ducklings), and therefore have vast quantities of photos to wade through and cull. I would try to make a more interesting post out of this, but my brain appears to have been chopped up for chanpuru. :-)

I should eat breakfast. And pack for Kourijima. Yeah.

A Year in Pictures – Ironwork Detail

Ironwork Detail
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I think I’d been to Nanzenji before, on my previous trip to Japan, but I wasn’t as much of a photographer then; I didn’t pay attention to small details, and wouldn’t have been able to control my camera to get the short depth of field I have here. It’s nice to know what you’re doing . . . .

A Year in Pictures – Spiral Shell

Spiral Shell
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This was in the amber display at Malbork Castle, though I’m pretty sure it’s an actual shell carved into a spiral, rather than a piece of amber carved to look like a shell carved into a spiral. Either way, though, it’s lovely.

A Year in Pictures – Iron Rail in Ivy

Iron Rail in Ivy
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I’m saving most of my Highgate Cemetery pictures for October, but here’s one that isn’t so much of a grave as a piece of a grave that fell off and landed in the ivy. (This is not difficult to achieve at Highgate. Missing the ivy when it fell would have been a remarkable achievement.)