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Mt. Rainier at Sunset

Posted by admin on 30th May 2008

This is a photo that I took during my trip in August 2005 of Mt. Rainier right at Sunset.  The sun was reflecting off the mountain giving it a golden glow that one would normally see on Mt. Fuji in Japan.

Mt. Rainier at Sunset

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Stormy Sunset at the Bali Hai

Posted by admin on 23rd May 2008

These photos are of the Bali Hai, Kauai, Hawaii right at sunset on the night before a major rain storm hit the island.  But the storm clouds gathering made the sun glow as if the sky was on fire.

Stormy Sunset 1   Stormy Sunset 2

* These photos have appeared on CNN Weather program in 2002.

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Another View of The Bali Hai, Kauai, Hawaii

Posted by admin on 22nd May 2008

This is the more famous of the views of the Bali Hai  on the Island of Kauai, Hawaii.  Every picture I have seen other people take always seem to include the two palm tree that are in these photos.

The Bali Hai and the Two Palm Trees View # 1   A Slightly further back view

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Special Alignment at Sunrise

Posted by admin on 21st May 2008

Here is a series that I shot one morning last month at about 5:00 am.  The crescent moon, Venus and Saturn are all aligned around the point of the high rise tower  center frame.  This was a lucky break as I just happened to look outside at the sun rise that particular morning for the first time in about a week or so.

The Sun Rising around the buildings   Closeup of the point of the tower   The Alignment

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A view of the Bali Hai

Posted by admin on 21st May 2008

The Bali Hai on the north shore of Kauai is one of the most beautiful places in the world.  With the long sandy beaches of Hanalei Bay mixed in with the beautiful foilage of The Garden Island as it is known, this is one place that you must visit.  Here are a few photos that I took from Hanalei Bay Resort.

The Bali Hai in the day time   A Bali Hai Sunset

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Ryujin Dam, Ibaragi-ken, Japan

Posted by admin on 16th May 2008

The Ryujin Damn is a neat perspective of the damn itself and the Ryujin Ohashi 100 meters above.   With a good view of the valley below and the gorge above, the Damn is a great alternative to the walking across the bridge.  With a view deck that is perfect 100 meters down from the damn, you can get some great photos and views of both the bridge and the damn.

We caught this view at sunset which made for some beautiful pictures.  The other advantage of this time of day was that there were few people there meaning that we could shoot from anywhere and no one was blocking the way.  This was in severe contrast to the bridge above.

There is a restaurant here with a view of the falls and parking for about 50 vehicles.  The parking fees are free.

Ryujin Ohashi and Koinobori Above   Ryujin Ohashi and Koinobori Above at Sunset    Ryujin Dam

Signpost 1 at Ryujin Damn   Signpost 2 at Ryujin Damn   Signpost 3 at Ryujin Dam

A View of the Ryujin Resevoir   The Spillway at Ryujin Dam   The view below the Ryujin Dam

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The Concrete Cowboy

Posted by admin on 14th May 2008

Here are a few photos from my trek through the trails of Mt Fuji on horseback.  For those of you who think I am just The Concrete Cowboy, here is proof otherwise.  Obviously, I could not do these trails alone…I must thank my trusty mount, Caramel for getting me up and down the trails of Mt. Fuji, Japan.

Hitting the Trail   Bill with Caramel 2

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Ryujin Ohashi, Ibaragi-ken, Japan

Posted by admin on 13th May 2008

In the world of pointless items, this is one of the most pointless I have ever seen.  But the Ruujin Ohashi or Big Dragon Bridge is a work of man that must be seen to be believed.

Built above the Ryujin Dam, The bridge is large suspension bridge which was built  at a cost of 1.2 Billion USD and essentially is the ultimate bridge to nowhere.  While the view from the bridge is quite majestic, the 375 meter long bridge is not for those with a weak stomach or anyone who is affected by motion sickness.

The best time for viewing of the bridge is at the end of April to early may, or “Golden Week” in Japan, when 1000 streaming carp shaped wind socks can be seen flying over the gorge.

Be prepared to wait in line for parking and if you don’t make it all the way to the top parking area, you will find that the hike up is a good bit of exercise.

With a 300 yen entry fee, the bridge is paying for itself with all of the travelers who want to feel the thrill of being on a bridge so high in the air. (it is actually only 100 meters down to the water level from the bridge.)  Parking fees are also generally 500 yen for the bridge parking any where down the hill.
Water reflecting off river under the bridge   Looking across the bridge   The Dragon Mural

Ryujin Ohashi from Below  Koinobori flying in the wind

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Hitachi Lighthouse

Posted by admin on 5th May 2008

The Hitachi lighthouse is a beautiful work of man and is quite elegant.  It’s tiled siding is quite unusual and allows the sunlight to reflect beautifully off of it.

Surrounded by a lovely play park for the kids, Hitachi lighthouse is a nice place to take the family for a picnic or just to spend the day lazily lying on the grass.   A statue in the park is dedicated to a great Japanese fisherman who modernized Japanese methodologies of fishing and  is at the point of the park in front of the lighthouse.

Parking is limited and generally only enough space for about 20 cars  is available but most people park on the road by the park.

Hitachi Lighthouse Signpost   Hitachi Lighthouse   The fisherman’s statue

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A Sunset to Remember

Posted by admin on 3rd May 2008

Title : A Sunset to Remember

Location:Tochigi Prefecture, Japan

As we were driving towards Nasu-Shiobara, we came across this series of rice paddies that just happened to reflect the setting sun perfectly.  Obviously we had to stop and shoot a picture or two and this is the result:

Sunset in Tochigi Pref      Another view of the sunset.

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