Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Unusual Mascot at Oboke Station

I was told by a coworker that this statue at Oboke Station has some sort of cultural reference; however, I cannot figure out what it is.



Nikon D600 with Nikon 85mm f/1.4 AI-S @ f5.6, ISO 100, 1/160 sec.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Kazurabashi Bridge

About half-way done with the family vacation to Shikoku and we crossed the Kazurabashi Bridge in the Iya Valley. There are several of these bridges located in this area. Back when there were fewer river crossings and less sturdy construction, these bridges were made solely out of natural vines. Today, it seems that these vines have a steel cable center. It made me less neverous, but only slightly since the gaps between the slates were still quite large. My 9-year old daughter opted out from crossing because she thought that the slats were too wide and that her foot would go through.



Nikon D600 with Nikon 24mm f/2.0 Nikkor AI @ f8, ISO 100,1/60 sec.




Nikon D600 with Nikon 24mm f/2.0 Nikkor AI @ f8, ISO 100,1/60 sec.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Oboke Gorge Sightseeing

While in Oboke, we indulged in a gentle 30-minute ride down the Yoshino River on a small sightseeing boat. Although the guide provided only spoke Japanese, there was plenty to see and enjoy. The scenery including sheer cliffs, exposed rock faces, bridges, clear water, usual rock formations and cormorants were all amazing.



Nikon D600 with Nikon 24mm f/2.0 Nikkor AI @ f8, ISO 100, 1/100 sec.




Nikon D600 with Nikon 24mm f/2.0 Nikkor AI @ f8, ISO 100, 1/40 sec.