Saturday, October 18, 2008

Family (This week's Photo Hunt theme)

As I go around Photo Hunting each week, I find that many of my fellow Photo Hunters have no qualms about displaying photos of their families or themselves on their blogs -- so I duly expect to see lots of happy faces on this week's Photo Hunt. At the risk of being a killjoy, however, I am not going to go with the flow here.

Alternatively put: I'm applying similar conditions of privacy for my family as I do for myself; and in doing so, showing just the backs of my mother (carrying an umbrella for shade), my father (with my mother's bags chivalrously strung about him!) and a family friend as they walked about exploring the Kokoen Garden in Himeji, Japan, that my flower-loving father -- hmmm, he's sounding like quite the... cissy, isn't he? But, really, he's not! ;D -- was super intent on visiting.

To make up for this high wall of privacy, I've gone ahead and put up two photographic samplings of the aesthetic treats that lay behind the high walls seen in the first photo. Oases of calm and beauty on a hot, sunny day (that also were filled with mazy paths), they lulled us into spending quite a bit more time there than we had anticipated on doing when stopping by in between the larger attractions of Himeji Castle and the Engyoji temple on Mount Shosha on a day trip out of Osaka. And helped provide me with some more good memories of fun times spent in the company of family members. :)


Leslie said...

Your photos are lovely this week. :)

YTSL said...

Hi Leslie --

Thanks -- including for not minding the lack of "in-your-face" family photos! ;b

Lilly's Life said...

I think your photos are great and I cna understand you wanting to be private - I am to a degree too. No photos of where I live etc

Napaboaniya said...

Nice pics from the gardens :)
Like you, I'm retaining the privacy of my members :)

Carver said...

Beautiful shot for the family theme. I know what you mean about the privacy issues. I wouldn't feel comfortable posting recent family shots of my extended family without asking each person how they felt about it. I like what you did with this theme.

Leslie said...

Hi - back again. :)

The motto under my pic is for the Strategic Air Command. :) I got it from the Internet as dad has been gone for 18 years now. :)

heartbeats said...

hello, happy hunting... mine is up!

jmb said...

I don't usually put up family photos except very occasionally. I decided on the raccoons and then threw in the family photo at the last minute. Have a good weekend YTSL.

Gattina said...

I thought the same as you but then I thought there are other kind of families than my own !

mama meji said...

Lovely photos. My favorite is the second shot (flowers).

BTW, I've been reading some of your posts about Hongkong because we're scheduled to visit the place next month.

Juliana RW said...

ah...makes me want to travel to japan :D

Please drop at my PH post also : in HERE or HERE Thanks

RJ Flamingo said...

I'm with you, on that score. And even so, you managed a wonderful sentimental scene. Love the others, too!

I've got mine up, too. You know, I had to take it elsewhere...:-)

Chikai said...

the second pic is so pretty! tfs!

mine's up HERE

jams o donnell said...

Great shots. You are quite right to be concerned about privacy. Have a great weekend

shutterhappyjenn said...

All are great pictures! I love those flowers.. What's it called?

My entries are posted here and here. Hope you can stop by. Happy weekends!

earthlingorgeous said...

We respect your privacy! But those are lovely bunch of photos!

bingskee said...


i think bloggers ought to respect your having of a wall of privacy. :-) though i have been posting photos of our family and myself, today i did not post one he he

i like the first shot very much!

bingskee said...

erratum: your having a wall of privacy

i guess have to take a nap! :-)

bintang4 said...

don't think my 3 months old son need a privacy..hehehe

Anonymous said...

I sympathise with your feelings of privacy, as you know, but you've found a great way around the problem :) I love the perspective of your first shot, with the family disappearing into the distance, and the flowers are just beautiful!

Shinade said...

I think you did a terrific job. These are lovely photos.

Mine is up too.

happy week end:-)

iWalk said...

Sharing the pictures and protecting the privacy is always together. But you found a good solution.

Dragonstar said...

Some of my family would hate to be posted, some don't mind. One son has forbidden the publishing of his daughter. The way the world is, I can't blame him. I don't normally show recognisable people.

Having said all that, I think your photos (and post) give a strong sense of family. Well done.

YTSL said...

Hi Lilly's Life (or should I just call you Lilly?) --

Appreciate both the compliment and your understanding. :)

Hi Napaboaniya --

Thanks and noticed (re your having a similarly non-revelatory entry)! :)

Hi Carver --

Have to say that, in general, I try not to put up full frontal close-ups of anybody on the blog; with the exceptions being public figures/celebrities like movie stars. :)

Hi again Leslie --

Thanks for answering my query over on your blog. Very cool! :)

Hi heartbeats --

Happy hunting to you too! :)

Hi JMB --

Yeah, think we're similar in our preference for the most part for pictures of vistas and inanimate objects! :)

Hi Gattina --

You are so correct re your point about other families besides your own -- some of which there should be no problem putting on open display (like in the examples on your Photo Hunt entry this week)! :b

Hi Mama Meji --

Glad you're checking out some of my Hong Kong posts and hope they'll encourage you to go beyond the usual tourist places when you visit. :)

Hi Juliana RW --

Japan IS lovely. Highly recommended as a place to visit. :)

Hi RJ Flamingo --

Thanks! :)

Hi Chikai --

Glad you like the flowers too. :)

Hi jams o'donnell --

Thanks and hope you have a great weekend too. :)

Hi shutterhappyjenn --

Alas, I don't know the names of the flowers... (Am terrible in that regard.) :S

Hi earthlinggorgeous --

Thanks x 2! :)

Hi Bingskee --

Glad you like the first shot even if it's not all that revelatory... :)

Hi bintang4 --

...and all power to you for thinking that. ;b

Hi a. --

Thanks and think you came out with your own wonderful solution to our mutual 'problem'! :)

Hi Shinade --

Thanks and happy weekend to you too!

Hi iWalk --


Hi Dragonstar --

Glad you think that this entry manages to give a good sense of family! :)

gen/entry here said...

Very pretty flowers...TC

sbk said...


Lovely flower picture. Your family photo reminds me of my recent Japan trip. I have a bag similar in size to the one on your dad's back. I carry my cameras in it. My daughter was nice enough to carry it for me on my recent Japan trip-it's kind of heavy....

JC said...

Well done! Perfect example of family not having to be in-your-face... sometimes that is better in many ways ;-)

Bengbeng said...

a great week ahead to you :)

H e n r i c k said...

Well, it should be a nice trip for you to visit Japan with your family too :)

And I really like the flowers :)

The place in Taiwan you were asking was Taroko Gorge, a nice place but I have visited at the wrong time, the water suppose to be beautiful but due to typhoon, have it polluted with muddies. :(

Enjoy the weekend.

Patricia said...

Very nice - and I appreciate your privacy concerns.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

little light said...

same here. i am paranoid about privacy.

leslie said...

Lovely photos and I'm sure everyone respects your privacy. Not everyone put up photos of "people" today so yours are perfect in a different perspective. Really enjoyed myself over here today and have a great weekend. :D

Sammawow said...

Like you, I don't show family pictures on my blog, except my family pets! You did pick out wonderful photos for the family theme.

Randi said...

I love your take on the theme and your photos are lovely.
Have a great weekend!

2lives said...

I'm with you on the privacy thing, as I myself prefer not show myself or those related to me, only because I don't have permission and also I prefer not see my own face anywhere,

anyway, I like the first, at least it's not boring

pat said...

Very lovely photos!

Happy Weekend.

Mrs Mecomber said...

I didn't put up photos of myself, either. Not exactly, lol.

I like the photo of the pink flowers. Ahhhhhhh! I won't see flowers again for half a year...

I have some very vintage photos up for my Photo Hunt today! I hope you can get a chance to see and leave your link.

YTSL said...

Hi "gen/entry here" --

Agreed! :)

Hi sbk --

How many cameras do you carry around with you these days? And everywhere? For myself, there's the one Panasonic Lumix TZ2 I've grown to love and yeah, I've got it with me pretty much every time I'm out and about these days. :)

Hi JC --

Thanks, appreciate your comments! :)

Hi Bengbeng --

And you too! :)

Hi Henrick --

Have visited Japan twice in the past couple of years with my parents. Different cities focused on each time -- all of them wonderful! :)

As for Taiwan's Taroko Gorge: Ooo, a place I'd like to visit sometime... hopefully in better circumstances than you! :)

Hi Patricia --


Hi "Little Light" --

I wouldn't say "paranoid". Just concerned and/also protective... ;b

Hi Leslie --

Glad you enjoyed yourself on this blog. Keep on visiting! :)

Hi Sammawow --

Thanks and reckon you did a good job without being "in your face" this week too! :)

Hi Randi --

Having visited your blog, will say the same to you! :)

Hi 2lives --

Have to say that often when I see pictures of me, especially in beautiful places, I think... "if only I weren't there then it'd be a great picture"! ;b

Hi Pat --

Thanks and happy weekend to you too! :)

Hi Mrs Mecomber --

Goodness at the thought of not seeing flowers again for half a year! How close to the arctic are you??!!!

Liz said...

Your family are entitled to their privacy but I'm glad we had this little glimpse of them as they went about enjoying the day. And your father sounds lovely and not a cissy at all!

YTSL said...

Hi Liz --

Thanks for your kind words; appreciate them! :)

Brenda said...

There is nothing wrong with respecting the privacy of your family. There is no reason to show the front side when such wonderful pictures can be taken with without identifying anyone. You got great shots the way they are.

YTSL said...

Hi Brenda --

Thanks for your support and compliments. :)

Katney said...

As you know I agree with your concerns. Internet safety is an issue we oftne don't take into consideration unless it concerns our pocketbooks. Thanks for stopping by.

YTSL said...

Hi Katney --

Internet safety *is* an issue. There are many good people on line but all it takes is a few bad apples to upset things... :S