Monday, August 17, 2015

Hit the beach! (river and mountains too)

The beginning of summer was so cool we actually used the 
woodstove in June for the first time ever

The heat of the season didn't kick in until well into July


crystal clear Sea of Japan


flying






yet another view of the home range
center right, tallest peak



twisted pine






nearly every ridge has a top that sometimes looks like this,
sometimes it's not so clear sometimes it is
getting up to it is the hard part of course
and if you're lucky you'll get the view


                                         


a very different kind of place nearby, dry and sandy
Bambi wiped out the free salad bar!
Lettuce, tomatoes, cukes, okra, even potatoes all gone :(
the town is supposed to give us wire for electric fence soon

I think its under the picnic table?


video



Thursday, June 4, 2015

Sometimes smaller is better

Late winter in Vermont
way off the beaten path in Yabu
it's been the driest spring I can remember
feels like a different country

Not far from home, trying to find an elusive 8th century
hermit's cave
a different local falls

yamabiru, ヤマビル- land leech
a little rain and warmth
and they're on to you



got through my big OR gaiters



dem belly full but me hungry
pay the piper



Meiji era Fudoumyou san
he smites non- believers with his sword
and corrals them with his rope


 never dreamt I'd wear spandex, better supertight gaiters



headless Buddha - victim of religious purge in Meiji



beauty in Iwatsu


foreboding 






I've been seeking out close but rarely traveled routes
in town and nearby



a castle and a mine

ready to go at any moment






the home range from yet another angle

looks bigger from far away



a rarely seen view in town










so much history in this 






Saturday, March 21, 2015


Maruyama valley looking north


to get there first you have to climb this


and maybe find this

or this

and this, laying on the ground for 350 years

hidden green chasm







Saturday, January 31, 2015

Hidden treasures




I was caretaker of this Shinto shrine for over a decade, now I miss it

a functional charcoal kiln deep in the woods
rarer than a thatched roof these days



a silver coin from 1912 recovered from a kiln


great snowpack this year


night skiing deserves a quiet night

largest blue to date


a rock seemingly carried upwards 3 meters
by a large vine