It is always delightful travelling in the country side of Hokkaido, Japan.
The impression and mood in the previous post are quite different from what I experienced in South Korea. Perhaps, the sceneries and settings in different countries do convey different moods.
The image here was taken not far from the previous picture. It still shows the same steep mountains and the waterfall.
However, in the foreground, it also shows the rapids along with the fall foliage on the banks of the river.
Again, an enchanting view that remains for a long time in my memory!
Think you must by now bored with my series of posts on fall foliage in South Korea.
As a change of scenery, I am taking you to Hokkaido, Japan.
The picture was taken some years ago. It was Autumn, some of the leaves were still green; some orange in color and floating out on branches.
In the background were hills and a waterfall.
Again, another artistic impression of Autumn in a picturesque manner!
This week’s challenge is Saturation.
There are many things around us that would best illustrate Saturation; but as one who loves nature and landscape, I would like to show how nature can be saturated with colors.
The pictures here were all taken in my trip to Shirkawa-go, Japan during the fall some years ago. The colored Autumn foliage just filled up our senses.
The colored foliage in red, yellow and green have saturated the area.
The first two pictures are mid-range pictures which are close enough to show the leaves without showing too much of the branches of the trees.
They are very rich in colors and stand out from the pictures.
The next two pictures give you an idea of the setting of the place.
They show where the foliage are in relation to the stream, the bridges and the nearby landscape.
The last pair of pictures focus on the individual trees. You can see the trees from the “forest”.
Maybe, the best way to describe the scenery is to change somewhat the lyrics of John Denver’s “Annie’s Song”.
You fill up my senses like the trees in the forest,
Like the streams in autumn time,
Like a walk in the rain, like a stroll across the hillside,
Like a sleepy old village.
You fill up my senses, come fill me again.
Didn’t know Van Gogh liked wheat fields and had his own interpretation of them until I read the following from Wikipedia:
In 1889 Van Gogh wrote of the way in which wheat was symbolic to him: “What can a person do when he thinks of all the things he cannot understand, but look at the fields of wheat… We, who live by bread, are we not ourselves very much like wheat… to be reaped when we are ripe.”
Van Gogh saw in his paintings of wheat fields an opportunity for people to find a sense of calm and meaning, offering more to suffering people than guessing at what they may learn “on the other side of life.”
Van Gogh writes Theo that he hopes that his family brings to him “what nature, clods of earth, the grass, yellow wheat, the peasant, are for me, in other words, that you find in your love for people something not only to work for, but to comfort and restore you when there is a need.” Further exploring the connection between man and nature, Van Gogh wrote his sister Wil, “What the germinating force is in a grain of wheat, love is in us.”
The pictures were taken in Hokkaido, Japan.
May you find ”a sense of calm and meaning” as Van Gogh found in the wheat fields.
May you also find inspiration in ” what a germinating force is in a grain of wheat, love is in us“.
Apart from the wheat, I also love the clouds above the fields.
I have turned both pictures into sepia and hope you like both !
I am pretty late for this challenge on Headshots which is the subject of last week.
Four images immediately come to mind for this challenge.
The Buddha heads at Angkor Wat, Cambodia . . . . . .
and, on a completely different subject, the Humphead fish at the Okinawa aquarium.
Isn’t it cute?
The third one was taken in the Chime Long zoo, China. What a surprise!
The last one is a close up shot of the head of a terracotta soldier at an exhibition. Hope that it doesn’t scare you.
So, which one is your favorite?
Otaru is a city and port in Shiribeshi, Hokkaido, Japan, northwest of Sapporo.
Have been there a couple of times, but never in the right season .
There is a canal there which is said to be romantic – especially in Winter when it is covered with snow.
The canal was also the background of a television series.
I have been playing around with the “Reduce Color” function of a software. The image below has the number of colors reduced from the original color photo.
The resulting image looks as if the area around the Otaru canal is covered with snow - which is the Winter scene I want.
For comparison, I have also included the original color image.
To be able to reduce the number of colors and getting a romantic image is just magical !
The theme this week at Where’s My Backpack is Tilted.….
Objects which are naturally tilted are more interesting than those which are tilted with human intention or manipulation; objects tilted by rotating the photo or the camera fall into the latter category.
We were travelling up the very steep hills of Tateyama- Kurobe in Japan. The tram was crowded. No seats were left and I could hardly stand upright in the tram which took us up the steep incline.
Looking out of the tram window, many trees appeared slanting. I realized that this may only be a perception. A perception that you get looking out of a tilted window frame as reference when the tram made the ascent.
The view from the tram was picturesque as the autumn foliage was colored. Some trees, I noted, however were tilted naturally. The fact that some of the topsoil gradually slipped down the steep slope has brought the trees along with them.
One tree looked particularly tilted (evidenced by comparing the non-verticality with the neighboring trees). I quickly took a picture while trying to stand upright, never realizing that I could use such a photo for a challenge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
I like Monet’s impressionist paintings, especially those with water lilies.
Painting has never been easy; I rather resort to photographing them instead.
Apart from the water lilies, the picture below is basically green in color. The picture shows some leaves starting to turn yellow. This reminds me that in real life, things do get withered. However, they give color to this otherwise monotonic picture taken in the gardens of Huánghèlóu , China .
I also like the reflections in water. On the top left are reflections of willows while on the top right corner are the reflections of a stone arch bridge; both are outside the picture.
For those who love water lily leaves, below is a picture taken in Hokkaido, Japan showing the whole pond full of them.
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week asks us to show off a few photos, each containing at least four strong colours.
immediately come to mind are pictures taken in Biei and Furano in Hokkaido, Japan.
For more pictures of rainbow colors, please see my earlier post http://retireediary.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/the-rainbow-of-flowers-in-biei-and-furano-japan/
Hopefully, this post will allow me time in catching up with posting on the blog and responding to readers’ comments after my travels.
The aquarium at Okinawa, Japan, to say the least, is very interesting. While we were there, we have the opportunity of seeing not only something big but also something small and even something delicate.
The aquarium is huge with a clever construction so that visitors can have an unobstructed column free view of the aquarium and the fishes inside. We were awed with the close up views of the many sharks, sting rays and other fishes in the aquarium.
In the other parts of the aquarium, some other fishes are small, like the bright-colored coral fishes which dart around playfully around the corals and move in tandem with the currents (top picture).
The lion fish (picture above) there have also captured our undivided attention. They are well-known for their ornate beauty, venomous spines and unique tentacles. The spines and tentacles look delicate, fragile and could be broken up by any strong currents or sudden movements.
We spent a long time looking at the corals. The coral reefs are so delicate because they are made from living creatures. The reefs are made up of coral polyps which are a delicate, limestone-secreting animal. The deposits are made in hundred or thousands of years protecting the softer parts. However, coral reefs can live only in a delicate, balanced marine environment. They require lots of light and oxygen. They also need clear water, low nutrients, a steady temperature, and stable salinity.
They are a vital part of marine ecosystems, but they can be damaged by everything from storms, pollutants, ship anchors and careless divers to massive natural disasters. They are therefore so delicate, but having said that, this also applies to almost everything with life as life itself is delicate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .