Winter

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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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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May You be Surrounded by the Warmth of Family - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

Today marks the beginning of the holiday season in many countries/cultures.  The drop of temperatures and the changes of colors reminded me of this image.  

This was after we made our way safely from the
Hyogo region and arrived in Kyoto, at the golden time of such historical city that once served as Japan's capital and the emperor's residence for more than one thousand years.  The air had chilled enough for its maple leave to turn yellow and red and momiji-watching has become a national ritual. 

Eikan-do Zenrin-Ji (永観堂禅林寺) was such an inspiring temple where autumn colors, cultures and architecture kept us occupied for a whole day (yes, we snuck out for lunch because it was so cold and negotiated our way back in the afternoon).  As the day-light faded, the warm tones glowing from within this door drew me in.  I can feel my skin slowly relaxed, just by looking at this image today.

Happy Thanksgiving and may you be surrounded by the warmth of family!

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After dinner, if you haven't, read the story and have fun trying to win a prize here to kick off the holiday season.