A Pleasant Day on Yabasekihantou, Part II
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Pausing for a Rest -- Yabasekihantou -- Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/400 sec, f/10, ISO 280 — map & image datanearby photos
Pausing for a Rest

So, finishing up from yesterday's post about our fun day on nearby Yabasekihantou Island, after the obstacle-course play area, Anthony headed over to a big rope-climbing thing...

Heading Up -- Yabasekihantou -- Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm — 1/2000 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Heading Up
In Profile -- Yabasekihantou -- Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/3200 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
In Profile

I took the shot above thinking it'd make a great opening for a post, but I ended up liking the impact of the almost-hidden feet hanging out, so chose that one to open with instead.

When he came down, he ended up sitting on a rope with nothing under for quite a while, and he wasn't sure how to get down. So I told him to lean forward and grab the rope in front, as seen here...

Ready To Make a Move -- Yabasekihantou -- Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 48 mm — 1/30 sec, f/22, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Ready To Make a Move

Then I told him to swing down to put his feet on the rope below and in front. He was a bit apprehensive, but gave it a try...


Launch!

Landing

His feet went right over, and he naturally landed in a sitting position, and was quite pleased with himself. He returned to do the same move again.

He then moved on to other play...

Taking Another Rest -- Yabasekihantou -- Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 52 mm — 1/800 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Taking Another Rest
Going For 60° -- Yabasekihantou -- Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 35 mm — 1/500 sec, f/9, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Going For 60°
Instead Opting for 45° -- Yabasekihantou -- Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/4000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Instead Opting for 45°

The park has many more activities, including those for little ones...

Splash-About Stream -- Yabasekihantou -- Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/4000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Splash-About Stream

I was getting hungry, so we didn't stay long – there's a lot remaining to check out the next time we visit. I'm sure the area will be gorgeous in a couple of weeks, because many of the trees in the area looked like this...

Budding....Er... Buds soon to be cherry blossoms -- Yabasekihantou -- Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/1250 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Budding....Er... Buds
soon to be cherry blossoms

So, we headed to lunch nearby, and returned to the first little park on the island because Anthony wanted to do more of the “dinosaur play” (as described on the previous post)...

Dino on the Hunt -- Yabasekihantou -- Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm — 1/800 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Dino on the Hunt
Kid Again -- Yabasekihantou -- Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 340 mm — 1/500 sec, f/5, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Kid Again
Dino Again -- Yabasekihantou -- Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 230 mm — 1/500 sec, f/5, ISO 280 — map & image datanearby photos
Dino Again
Playing With Mommy's Face I have no idea -- Yabasekihantou -- Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 210 mm — 1/500 sec, f/7.1, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Playing With Mommy's Face
I have no idea

Then he decided to take some pictures, so went out on a different kind of hunt...

Photo Hunt -- Yabasekihantou -- Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 210 mm — 1/640 sec, f/4.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Photo Hunt
About To Photograph Daddy -- Yabasekihantou -- Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 260 mm — 1/640 sec, f/4.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
About To Photograph Daddy
Picture He Took photo by Anthony M. Friedl -- Kyoto, Japan -- http://regex.info/blog/
Canon IXY DIGITAL 700 + 7.7-23.1mm @ 23 mm — 1/400 sec, f/4.9 — map & image datanearby photos
Picture He Took
photo by Anthony M. Friedl

All in all, it was a pretty wonderful day.


One comment so far...

Wonderful pictures. Good exercise as well as “hidden” learning is involved in such play areas. My son is also into dinosaurs so much. He reads books about them all the time. I noticed Anthony is wearing shoes with velcro straps..Here in my son’s class they are all learning how to tie laces and while most kids can do it so well already mine is struggling a bit and doesn’t like it so much. I wonder why so much pressure already to learn tying laces. Thanks to Anthony I will just go this weekend and buy usual strap shoes for my son. He can wait another year to master laces!

— comment by Sonal, MN on March 21st, 2009 at 12:51am JST (8 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink
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