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


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

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Mild fall

Our town

850m the difficult way

How much wood can a Super Cub chuck?
about 15 pieces per run


the home range from a different angle

woody shelf and rare watering hole

deadly decoration

here's looking at you

yamanashi- wild mountain pears