Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Inside, Outside Temple

A rare temple in that it's pretty much open to the elements, one of my favourite in Yamagata.  Outside can be seen in the photo below.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Iide Range

A rare clear day at the top of Mt. Zao.  We could see all the mountains, this range was pretty spectacular.  It's at times like these I wish I had my SLR with zoom lens.  Oh well this is the best I could do with my compact camera.  After all I was there to go snowboarding.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Entering the Expressway

Must be about 3 metres of snow.  Felt surreal driving through, what felt like, snow tunnels.

Friday, 24 February 2012

Driveway to the Shrine

Look at how the snow walls are, way above the top of the car.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

The Gate

The entrance to the Shrine at Mt Haguro, one of the three holy mountains in Tohoku, North Japan.

Monday, 20 February 2012

What to do?

One way to deal with all the snow from off the roof.  I love it!

Friday, 17 February 2012

Old Derelict Barn

Beautiful old building, sitting quietly biding it's time in the snow.  I would love to live in an old Japanese wooden farm house, to renovate it, bring it back to life, and make it warm again.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

The Snow Dump

Where to put all that snow cleared from roads and rooves? Why, the snow dump, of course.  We took four mini-truck loads to save our rickety old garage from possible collapse.  Mountains of snow and trucks busy coming and going, dealing with all that frozen water obstructing the flow of the city.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Hatted Trees

They looked almost comical standing so tall and strong at the window wearing their hats of snow.  Like sentries at  the window of our yoga class, taken on the 4th Feb, a cold blizzardy morning, I was so impressed at those who made it out of their cozy homes to come practice.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Winter's Night Walk

Came across a Shrine lit up in the snow.  Looked so reassuring on such a cold night.

Monday, 13 February 2012

Subtle Colours in a Winter Forest

Enjoyed the pastel shade on white, and even saw a white rabbit hopping through the forest, way too fast for me to get my camera.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Frolicking in the Snow

Well we were supposed to be boarding, but got a bit stuck in a deep flat place, all fun anyway!

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Secret Garden

No  one had been here, there was no path, the lake is buried under snow and the bamboo bending under the weight, such a peaceful temple garden.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Blobs of White

Never tire of looking at blobby snow balancing on wires.

Friday, 3 February 2012

Kahoku Style Snow

Sure some people couldn't open their doors here this morning, the amount of snow was phenomenal.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Piles of Snow

Record amount of snow fell this morning, 88cm.  Most in twenty years, even though it made my day incredibly hard and long, I couldn't stop myself grinning from ear to ear at all the white fluffy stuff.   So we know what the next few posts will be of.  I love snow!