Half a World Away


Greetings from Japan



A Rare Peaceful View at Daikoko-ji Temple




Well, after a few weeks of unsuccessful attempts to log into WordPress, I was finally able to log in this evening. Ironically, my trip is nearing its end. Winter is fast approaching in Kyoto and the unusually cold weather has forced many of the once vibrant leaves to fall to the ground. The autumn foliage was not nearly as good this year as it has been in previous years.

That said, I have been able to capture some stunning colors which you can view here: http://www.carlyackermanphotography.com/Japan/New-Kyoto-November-2012/26678549_LPD56G

(I will continue to post more photos upon my return to San Francisco. I have yet to add titles to the current photos).

Kyoto was insanely crowded and this will be my last Autumn here, as the crowds can be quite wearing.




 Indeed, there are loyal leaf watchers who will awaken at 4:00 a.m. to be alone at any given temple by sunrise. I tried this tactic two years ago at Honen-in Temple in Kyoto. Unfortunately, about 100 other people had the same idea, so I was unable to  enjoy the serenity of the temple, but it took me three hours to capture the entrance to the temple which is stunning in autumn.

The three hour photo!

After so many visits, I can safely say that my favorite time of year in Kyoto is the second half of May. It is so quiet here that it is not unusual to have an entire temple or garden to yourself. This is when one can truly experience the peacefulness of such places.

As my trip comes to an end, I will bring home new memories of Kyoto which I share with you through my photos.




It’s Halloween

When not in Japan, I am enjoying photographing San Francisco. This last week I have been photographing some of the Halloween decorations in my neighborhood. It has been fun! Happy Halloween!

Just Hanging Around

A Bit Frightful...

A Bit Frightful…

These guys are a bit sinister looking, but it isn’t all about ghoulish characters……

Happy Pumpkins

Happy Pumpkins


Napping in a Bed of Wilted Gerbers

Napping in a Bed of Wilted Gerbers


The Laughing Witch of Jackson Street

The Laughing Witch of Jackson Street






The last photo is actually a photo. I am not a strong advocate of over-the-top photo editing as I prefer my photos as close to their natural state as possible. That said, it is Halloween and I thought I might experiment a bit. The above photo was the end result.

Finally, as I got off the bus today, breezing past Tully’s, a rather unusual spider caused me to stop in my tracks. 

Unknown Arachnid

Unknown Arachnid

If anyone knows what type of spider this is, please share..In the meantime, have a  safe and happy Halloween


Japanese Lanterns

I have always been inexplicably attracted to Japanese lanterns. There is something magical about them, don’t you think?


Lanterns in Autumn

Autumn in Arashiyama



Kyoto Lantern

Kyoto Lantern



Evening Lanterns at Fushimi Inari Shrine Kyoto



Lanterns at Dusk, Kurama-dera Temple