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The Snowy Road

Posted by admin on 15th October 2010

These pictures are from 2008 from a very cold spell we had up on Mt. Fuji.  The photos were taken on the Yeti / Gotemba side of Mt. Fuji.

Snowy Road 1    Snowy Road 2

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Otome Falls, Tochigi-ken, Japan

Posted by admin on 5th June 2008

This is a lovely and easy to get to waterfall which provides a view rarely achieved.  One can easily feel the power of the river when they are below this falls, which although small, has a thunderous roar that makes your heart pump at about twice its normal rate.  The view is worth it though.

Otome Falls 1   Otome Falls 2   Otome Falls 3

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Crystalized River

Posted by admin on 5th June 2008

These two photos are from the Nakagawa river below the Otome Falls in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan.  I love the way the slow shutter speed crystallizes the water in these photos. In spite of having rainy weather during this shoot, I was still able to get some really great shots.

Crystallized Nakagawa 1   Crystallized Nakagawa 2

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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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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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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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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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Tamadare Falls

Posted by admin on 3rd May 2008

Title: Tamadare Falls

Location: Nakasato, Ibaragi-ken, Japan (中里、茨城県)

Signpost at Tamadare Falls   A map of the hiking trail around the falls

  The falls through the trees   A view of the whole falls

On the road through Naka Sato, you can find many signs pointing to the Tamadare Falls.  But once you get to the road to the falls, you will find that it is a small country road winding and narrow.  However, the smell of country smoke from burning wood and leave piles draws you onward in your quest.

Tamadare means beaded falling of water in Japanese or the falling balls. The falls itself is at a juncture in the road with a rail but there is no real place to stop other than in people’s drive ways..    In the shaded light, the image of the falls is first class.  It is well worth the look see.

But if you think that you would get a better photo, think again.  The Shrine or Jinja at Tamadare falls is privately owned and they don’t allow people to walk through to the falls to take photos.  Lots of hand written signs are all over the shrine stating such items as no trespassing, no photography and generally no public access, severely detracting from the initial beauty of the falls.

No parking is available and it is advisable to be careful walking around as cars seem to whiz by at a moments notice.

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