Nikon D700 + Zeiss 100mm f/2 — 1/80 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1100 — map & image data — nearby photos
It's been a while since we've seen anything from Nishimura Stone Lantern stone-carving shop, so here's a close up of a stone sphere, tucked away haphazardly under the legs of a large stone lantern. (The combination is visible toward the bottom of this wider view.)
As I mentioned in “Deceptively Clear: Snow-Covered Mountains in Exquisite Detail”, I prefer a darker tone to the image I use for my desktop background, so I'll give this one a try for a while. I've accumulated quite a number of them on my blog over the years, as evidenced by my pretty Desktop Background Photostream, and the more workhorse view, my blog's Desktop-Background Category.