As I mentioned on my recent Overwhelmed: an Embarrassment of Riches post, I've been meaning to write about Hirozou Yasuda (安田ひろぞう, or just “Hirozou-san”), the guide we had for a day on Kakeromajima, one of the small southern-Japanese Amami islands in the East China Sea.
We're getting ready for another trip to Amami this weekend, having visited the first time over the New-Year's holidays. I don't know that we'll run into Hirozou-san, but Fumie has been exchanging emails, so I hope so. We really enjoyed the day we spent together.
I tended to take pictures of Anthony, so most pictures I have of Hirozou-san are him interacting with Anthony, which he was excellent at. He was always teaching, although Anthony never realized it.
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 22 mm — 1/200 sec, f/3.5, ISO 320 — map & image data — nearby photos
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 17 mm — 1/90 sec, f/4.5, ISO 250 — map & image data — nearby photos
which is just as well, 'cause he's already started....
We spent a lot of time at the Spooky Tree, which we'd never have found without him. He was always offering little tidbits of information about what we were looking at, or the surroundings, or things we passed. He knows everything, but tempers that with a very good “you'll find this entertaining or interesting” filter.
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/160 sec, f/4.5, ISO 800 — map & image data — nearby photos
He doesn't speak English fluently, but guides a fair number of English-speaking clients, mostly botanists and bird watchers who come from all corners of the world to visit the unique species of these islands.
... that turns out to be setup to....
(I didn't hear the conversation so I don't know what the seed on the nose was about, but it was a hit with Anthony.)
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/160 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image data — nearby photos
picked up on the beach
He grew up and still lives on Amami Ooshima (the largest of the islands in the group), and you can tell that he loves every moment.