Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial

If you know me or follow me on social media you are probably fully aware that I LOVE birds. They are graceful, majestic and intelligent. No matter where we are in the world, I always find time to sit and watch them, weather it be from my office window, a busy city or a tiny island. Birds soothe my soul and completely set my heart free.

Today marks the 100th anniversary of signing the first international treaty to protect birds. The US Fish & Wildlife has put together ideas of how you can help, including a pledge to take action. Some ideas include; planting bird friendly landscaping, putting up a bird feeder or bath, taking your friends and family bird watching, etc. Please visit their website HERE for more ideas to help protect our birds.

I, of course, have taken a pledge to share my love of birds!  So…who wants to go out bird watching with me and photograph them?!  Send me an email if you want to join me sometime.

I have thousands of images of birds so I decided to pick out just a few of my favorites from around the globe!

xx. Crystal Lynn

 

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Japan Airlines Magazine | Chazen Tea House | Ginza, Tokyo, Japan

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Japan Airlines Magazine | Chazen Tea House | Ginza, Tokyo, Japan

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Japan Airlines Magazine | Chazen Tea House | Ginza, Tokyo, Japan Japan Airlines Magazine | Chazen Tea House | Ginza, Tokyo, Japan

It was our first morning in Japan. We woke up early and decided to venture out in search of coffee. It was an unusually cold morning in Ginza, the sun shone bright on the empty streets in one of the busiest shopping districts in Tokyo. We quickly realized nothing in the Ginza district opened until 10am. Undeterred, we happily wandered the alley ways, passing countless shuttered  store fronts, it felt strangely familiar yet we were standing half a world away from everything we knew. As we made our way down the streets, a beautiful Japanese woman flawlessly adorned in a traditional kimono, approached. With a warm smile and in perfect English she asked where we were from and if we were interested in a Japanese Tea Ceremony. Introductions soon followed and as our conversation carried on the woman, Rie, told us that we looked like movie stars and asked if we would come to her tea house for a photo shoot. As a thank you for our participation in the photo shoot Rie mentioned the Tea Ceremony would be complimentary. At first, we were hesitant, it just looked and sounded too good to be true, especially not knowing the specific details surrounding the shoot. She gently encouraged us to talk among ourselves and to meet her at noon if we decided this was something we’d like to do. We then both continued on our separate ways.

Once out of the cold, coffee in hand, we talked about our chance encounter with Rie, on our first morning none the less, and thought “what the hell…lets do it!”.

We arrived at Chazen around noon, astonished to discover it was directly next door to the famous Kabuki Theater! As we approached the entryway at Chazen, a man, also dressed in a kimono, welcomed us by saying “you must be San Francisco.” We chuckled and said, yes! We were welcomed in, and to our surprise there was a photographer along with a journalist and our new friend Rie, all waiting for us to arrive. It was then we learned the photo shoot was to be featured in Japan Airlines Magazine.

Before the ceremony we watched a short video on the history and tradition of Chado, followed by the ceremony itself. We learned how to grind green tea leaves into a rich green matcha powder, followed by a hand washing ceremony, signifying the purifying of the mind. We were  then invited into the Tea Room. One by one we removed our shoes and crawled through a small, and I do mean small, sliding door at the side of the tea room. Once we were all inside our host Rie entered the tea room and welcomed us all. She offered us traditional Japanese confections and guided each of us on the proper etiquette of drinking matcha. We watched as she whisked matcha powder and steaming hot water together to make a delicious cup of tea for each of us. We all sat quietly enjoying our tea, and as we each finished our cup, Rie called us over to teach us how to make our own cup. Taking the time to understand the tradition of chado was such a great way to start out our trip and immerse ourselves in traditional Japanese culture.

After a few months home, we all received an email from Rie asking for our address and just a few days later, we received a special delivery from Japan. It was the May issue of Japan Airline Magazine, and inside, a picture of the four of us sipping matcha in a tea room in Tokyo, Japan. I’d have to say that experience has to be one of my most favorite travel memories of all time. Published in a magazine, with three of the most amazing people I know.

 

(yes, this is another blog post using a collection of our iPhone photos. I promise to blog better photos soon. LOL) xx

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  • August 5, 2016 - 1:09 am

    Katerina - What a great opportunity and adventure.ReplyCancel

  • August 5, 2016 - 6:36 am

    Shannon Speake - I love this! So glad you decided to go, what a wonderful memory!ReplyCancel

  • August 6, 2016 - 10:08 am

    themodestfoxpr - amazing journey. Love these images!ReplyCancel

  • August 9, 2016 - 8:45 am

    Carol - So so cool you got to do that. I just went to Italy and found that some of my best days were times when I went off the agenda and just allowed spontaneity to happen.ReplyCancel

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Pixar 30 Years of Animation | Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan

This past February we took off on an incredible adventure to Tokyo, Japan. Before I dive into the specifics of our trip, in this post I wanted to share a little bit about why we were there!

My wonderfully talented husband, Chris, has been traveling around the world over the last 8 years for work. Installing a technology piece, which is only a small piece of a much larger exhibit, Pixar 30 Years of Animation. I love to travel, so I try to tag along on as many of these trips as possible. Not only is it amazing to experience new places and new cultures together, but it is so special to see my husband’s hard work on display for thousands of people to enjoy. This time around our best friends even joined us. Not only was it our first time in Japan but this would be their first time seeing the exhibit, which made for a very memorable experience all around!

The exhibition features artwork from all of Pixar’s films, in its various stages of production. The styles of art range from sketches, to watercolors, to sculptures, paintings, mixed media and much more. It’s so incredible to see the conceptual artwork and the influence it has on the film, it really is awe inspiring! The talent of those artists is absolutely mind blowing.

On a day to day basis Chris is an audio & video engineer, but on these trips his job is to install an immersive media piece called the Artscape. The Artscape employs several projectors, blended together, to produce an image 30 feet wide by 8 feet tall. An array of speakers and LED’s hang in the darkness above while the show takes you on an 18 min journey through the art of Pixar. It is breathtaking!

We wandered through the museum completely overjoyed and filled with inspiration. Observing people as they discussed the art, many standing in awe as they slowly made their way through the gallery, viewing each piece. One of the many highlights was watching people tear up as they experienced the Artscape. If you ever have the opportunity to see the exhibit, I highly recommend it.

Below are a few iphone images (don’t judge) from the opening night!

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  • August 1, 2016 - 6:56 am

    Leigh Suznovich - This is so amazing! I’m obsessed with Pixar!! Need to get to Japan 🙂ReplyCancel

  • August 1, 2016 - 7:29 am

    Lindsay - Wow that sounds amazing! What a great experience. As a traveler and film fan I’m so jealous!

    Looking forward to more from your Japan trip.ReplyCancel