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Snow Melt

Posted by
GJC (Kyoto, Japan) on 25 January 2009 in Landscape & Rural.

It just so happens that I took a photo of this very same rock in the summer. I don't know exactly why this little rock and I like each other so well, but it always calls me like an old friend when I visit Jakko-in Temple (寂光院) in Ohara, and wants its photo taken.

NIKON D300 1/60 second F/5.0 ISO 400 123 mm (35mm equiv.)

grant from kansas city, United States

i'm glad you added the note and link. i like this photo, but it's also good to see two of your takes on the same subject.

25 Jan 2009 5:43am

shallowregret from Kongsberg, Norway

agree, it ties in with the summer one really well, what are those fishes doing now?

25 Jan 2009 8:59am

@shallowregret: Thanks for the visit and the comment. You know, I don't know what happened to those fish. There were some others in the pond this time, but none of the beautiful carp that one sees in the summer. Perhaps someone here knows what happens to carp in the winter?

Mirko Herzner from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

Your friend 'rocky'. Nice shot.

25 Jan 2009 10:16am

Richard_Irwin from Belper, United Kingdom

Sometimes it just the simplicity of the placement of some object that calls out to us. I can see that I too would be drawn to a little rock such as this.

25 Jan 2009 11:11am

Giovanni from Milan, Italy

A beautiful little rock in every season! Looks like a very peaceful place. Very nice capture!

25 Jan 2009 12:31pm

Hikari from Kumamoto, Japan

Well as I like fishing ... I just can say that carps are in the same place but in winter they reduce their activity and are highly vulnerable to predation. One survival strategy they employ is to inhabit seasonally anoxic (low oxygen) ponds where predators are unable to survive.
I still can see some of them around ...
By the way the photo is very beautiful ... as always !!

25 Jan 2009 12:57pm

@Hikari: Thanks for that! And I thought it was that perhaps you'd fished them already. Well, I sometimes during winter feel like going someplace where predators are unable to survive, too, so it seems like a good plan. Thanks again.

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

Beautiful work with lovely natural colors.

25 Jan 2009 1:35pm

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Wow how beautiful is this!!!

25 Jan 2009 1:49pm

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Very beautiful picture!

25 Jan 2009 1:56pm

EYES WIDE SHUT from United Kingdom

The seasons change but the beauty remains. Very nicely observed

25 Jan 2009 3:01pm

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

I see this as a little island, it's a cool shot, very nice.

25 Jan 2009 3:41pm

daina from New York, United States

Summer and winter – both are beautiful. The water ripple in the winter image is a good stand in for the fish and provides movement and life. : }

25 Jan 2009 3:52pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Une image magnifique et très appaisante!

25 Jan 2009 4:48pm

Sugata from Newark, United States

I simply love that rippled reflection on the left side of the photo!

25 Jan 2009 5:15pm

jim from sebastopol, United States

i agree, this rock is charming. to me, it seems a miniature world of it's own with the cedar seedling growing in the moss.
the koi are still there, when cold weather comes they sink down into the bottom depths and fall into a state of semi-hibernation.

25 Jan 2009 5:53pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

A beautiful image. The reflection of that cap of snow really adds a lot. Nicely seen.

25 Jan 2009 6:02pm

philzoc from Le Havre, France

beautiful atmosphere

25 Jan 2009 6:13pm

Jasp from Plymouth, United Kingdom

It's like icing ...delicious.

25 Jan 2009 8:07pm

Ronnie 2¢ from London, United Kingdom

Very much worth a revisit and the rock itself is like a world in miniature. A delightful record of the passing seasons.

25 Jan 2009 8:39pm

Phototherapy from Switzerland

I like passing on your blog, what a serenity, an invitation to rest, meditating...
Beautiful potion :)

25 Jan 2009 8:47pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

It's beautiful in either season. It's a tiny island supporting a variety of life.

25 Jan 2009 9:04pm

Robert Kruh from Slovenia

Wanna be there:) Great, thanks for sharing with us!

25 Jan 2009 9:14pm

Grahame from Mt Maunganui, New Zealand

It's interesting how some places resonate with our psyche.
Peaceful shot.

25 Jan 2009 10:55pm

Damon Schreiber from Toronto, Canada

Love that ripple! Hard to find a non-photogenic inch in a Japanese garden.

26 Jan 2009 12:13am

ティモシー from Tokyo, Japan

this is great; has a wonderful, contemplative, serene quality to it.

26 Jan 2009 12:52am

Walter from Watkinsville, United States

How cool and refreshing. Although I would bet it would be very, very cold.

26 Jan 2009 1:33am

cat from Tel Aviv, Israel

It looks like a miniature mountain. Reminds me of that line of Blake's, "to see the world in a grain of sand".

26 Jan 2009 8:51am

Howard F. from South Pasadena, Calif., United States

Love the ripple on the water surface, and the snow too. The snows look like icing on a cupcake ;)

26 Jan 2009 9:29am

Jon Whittle from United States

I've always loved the use of ripples in the water in Japanese design, both real or representational. Very relaxing image made even more interesting by the slight disturbance.

26 Jan 2009 5:36pm

Pixim from Nice, France

A photograph which calls to meditation, and where clearness spouts out thanks to this rock Bravo ;)

27 Jan 2009 8:40pm

michele from Canada

it's good to have old friends in the landscape. and fun i think to photograph the same places again and again. both images are lovely.

27 Jan 2009 11:20pm

Chris Chisu from Seattle, United States

Because is so ZEN.

29 Jan 2009 6:44am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Both captures of this small "landscaping rock" are a world in themselves, they have a poetry that people attuned to Japanese culture and artistry can feel like a "call" much the more for YOU who are located at the very core of what Japanese culture is: Kyoto!!!!

30 Jan 2009 3:05am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Super shot. The colours, the gentle water. It all works together.

31 Jan 2009 8:24pm

1/60 second
ISO 400
123 mm (35mm equiv.)