Amami’s Mangroves
Mangroves on Amami Ooshima -- Amami Ooshima, Kagoshima, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 50 mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Mangroves on Amami Ooshima

On the last day of our New Year's trip to the Amami Islands in southern Japan (all Amami posts), we went for a canoe ride among the Mangroves that grow in one spot, on the mid-eastern coast of the main Amami Ooshima island, where fresh water from a river mixes with the salt water of the East China Sea.

Fumie took on the role of Guest Services, and I was Propulsion and Documentation. (That is, she held Anthony while I paddled and occasionally tried to take a picture with one hand while trying to not drop the oar with the other.)

Hard To Take Pictures While Paddling -- Amami Ooshima, Kagoshima, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 31 mm — 1/180 sec, f/5.6, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Hard To Take Pictures While Paddling
Mangrove Tunnel -- Amami Ooshima, Kagoshima, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 48 mm — 1/45 sec, f/4, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Mangrove Tunnel

The tide swings here were something like six feet, and we where there somewhere toward the lower end. From the color on the trees, the water got another four or so feet higher. The exposed roots were creepy.

Amami Ooshima, Kagoshima, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 23 mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos

The exposed roots and trunks were covered with what at first looked like caked on mud, but it was actually a very delicate bark.

Delicate Bark -- Amami Ooshima, Kagoshima, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 38 mm — 1/90 sec, f/2.8, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Delicate Bark
Baby Mangrove -- Amami Ooshima, Kagoshima, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 48 mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Baby Mangrove
Lots of Shoots -- Amami Ooshima, Kagoshima, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Lots of Shoots

We went with a group of others, along with a guide, and paddled about 3km over the course of an hour. It was quite nice, although difficult to use the camera with only one hand. I'm glad that I didn't drop it (or us) in the water. It was also a nice bonus that it didn't rain while we were on the water.

Tour Guide -- Amami Ooshima, Kagoshima, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 38 mm — 1/100 sec, f/4.5, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Tour Guide

One comment so far...

Hi!! I`m Enna. This is first time comment to you.
I`m live in China now.
My parents been at Amami. I`m sooooo excited when I was see your blog!!
end i was touched by your wonderful photos!!
so I wanna introduction your blog in my blog.is this ok?
Please tell me yes or no.
I`m study Chinese now.so sorry about my poor English;[
bye!!

Thanks for your kind words. You never need to ask whether you can link to a public web page…. that’s the whole point of the web! 🙂 —Jeffrey

— comment by enna on June 21st, 2011 at 7:31pm JST (6 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink
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