More Snow, but Less Drama
“Chill Well Prior to Consumption” -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/1000 sec, f/4, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
“Chill Well Prior to Consumption”

I'm a big fan of the red berries that populate Kyoto's fall and winter, and of snow (well, at least so long as I don't have to drive), so it was a treat to get the combination today when we awoke to a nice few inches of snow.

The obligatory “snow views from the livingroom window” shots...

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 175 mm — 1/640 sec, f/4.8, ISO 640 — full exif
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 340 mm — 1/640 sec, f/7.1, ISO 640 — full exif

The sun was shining on the branches above, so they were starting to half melt, and so there were a lot of shiny/sparkley drops hanging from the branches. I don't think I captured it very well.

Before bringing Anthony to school, I checked the web cam at Kinkakuji (“The Golden Pavilion”), which was mentioned in a comment a few days ago, and found that it looked quite nice in the snow, even with a cheap web-cam capture.

Snowball Fight.... -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 38 mm — 1/800 sec, f/6.3, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
Snowball Fight....

Upon arriving at school – after a flat, uneventful drive – much to Anthony's delight, he was engaged in mortal snow combat by Mizuki-chan's daddy.

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 28 mm — 1/640 sec, f/6.3, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/1000 sec, f/6.3, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/750 sec, f/6.3, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos

It's cliché to take a self portrait in a roadside mirror, but I've done it before, and again today. Luckily, this time, the big front of my 17-55 f/2.8 lens and the puffy camera raincoat help preserve your tender retina...

Self... uh.... Portrait -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 32 mm — 1/750 sec, f/4.5, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Self... uh.... Portrait
tsuuen -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/160 sec, f/7.1, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
tsuuen

There's actually a word in Japanese that means “travelling to/from preschool”: 通園tsuuen.

Back near home, these clusters of pine needles formed bowls that collected great quantities of snowflake.

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 22 mm — 1/400 sec, f/9, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos

The broad leaves of these plants were particularly weighted down.

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/180 sec, f/7.1, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Kyoto Biwako Canal -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 38 mm — 1/250 sec, f/9, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Kyoto Biwako Canal

The picture above of the Kyoto Biwako Canal as it passes next to the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art was taken this morning from about the same place as the second photo of this cherry-blossom post, and the last photo of this “colors of spring” post. The water level is much lower in today's shot, though, because they generally lower it by about four feet during the winter so that repair work can be done at various points along its length.

Not everyone enjoyed the snow... besides being troublesome for anyone having to drive for a living, it made more work for others as well...

Clearing the Snow -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/80 sec, f/8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Clearing the Snow


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