Lake Kussharo

Sunrise in Heaven - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

By now, I hope you've all met the beautiful red fox that we had the fortune to meet by Lake Kussharo.  As if the encounter with her was not enough, our streak of luck continued. 

Lake Kussharo is a caldera lake in eastern Hokkaido.  It is the largest lake in Japan to completely freeze over in winter.  When we arrived the day before, the lake water was dark and choppy. However, later that day, it started snowing and the temperature dropped.  We took a risk and drove over before sunrise the next morning and was greeted by an amazing scenery.

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Lake-Kussharo-Sunrise-Hokkaido-Japan-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

It was so cold that the steam from my breath froze on the screen of my camera.  But I was totally immersed in the beauty of the pink glow, frost flowers on ice, mist arising from the surface of the water and the reflection of the snow covered mountain.   

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We Fell into Fox Heaven in Hokkaido, Japan - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

We went to the lake for the swans (think Swan Lake :-)).  And yet, we encountered a fluffy object in the middle of the road.  Driving on the left side in Japan on slippery surfaces could potentially mess up our senses.  We paused, the fluff ball moved.  

It's a red fox!  

We read about them ezo foxes in Hokkaido before the trip and we made a painful decision to not drive that far out to meet them.  How in the world did we get this lucky?

I called out to her and she came over.  She gave me friendly faces, like how these tooth-less babies (i.e., the baby in the Amazonas and baby D2 from LA) responded to my voices. 
She would sit, squat, and walk, all the meanwhile eyes glued onto mine, like how my eyes onto hers.  There's love in the air, I'm sure, only with no words.  She would give me all looks that I would not have anticipated in my wildest dreams, like this funny side-look.  It's not a dream, it's a heaven that we fell into.  

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