Snowy Farewell to Gokayama Village
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Now that I've finished up my posts about taking seven-year-old Anthony on his first real ski trip, I can get back to the story of our short New-Year's trip to Toyama Prefecture, a few hours' drive north of Kyoto.

My last post about the trip was the one-off “Deceptively Clear: Snow-Covered Mountains in Exquisite Detail”, but the ongoing story was in the middle of our second-day visit to picturesque Gokayama Village, where we'd left off having had some hot noodles at restaurant “Yohachi”.

To remind you, it was very snowy...

Abominable Snowboy -- Nanto, Toyama, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 56 mm — 1/100 sec, f/11, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Abominable Snowboy
Quaint Cold, but quaint -- Nanto, Toyama, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/125 sec, f/10, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Quaint
Cold, but quaint
Proud Papa with “pu-chan”, his baby snowball baby -- Nanto, Toyama, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 27 mm — 1/125 sec, f/10, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Proud Papa
with “pu-chan”, his baby snowball baby

Anthony decided to pretend a snowball was a baby and he was the daddy. The snowball was named “pu-chan” (“little pu”).

Heading Back to the Car -- Nanto, Toyama, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/800 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Heading Back to the Car
Pause To Attend To Pu-Chan he's finding out that babies can be heavy, and attention intensive -- Nanto, Toyama, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/640 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Pause To Attend To Pu-Chan
he's finding out that babies can be heavy, and attention intensive
Exit Stage Left To the tunnel entrance -- Nanto, Toyama, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/1000 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Exit Stage Left
To the tunnel entrance
Saying Bye-Bye to Pu-Chan and Gokayama Village in what remains of the chair he'd made an hour and a half earlier -- Nanto, Toyama, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 40 mm — 1/1600 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Saying Bye-Bye to Pu-Chan and Gokayama Village
in what remains of the chair he'd made an hour and a half earlier

We got back up to the car, brushed off a couple of inches of snow, and took the snow-white almost-deserted turnpike south for 10 slow miles to our next destination. After exiting the toll booth, I paused to snap some picture...

Turnpike Toll Both -- Shirakawa, Gifu, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 44 mm — 1/1250 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Turnpike Toll Both

The actual highway we'd taken was more like the left lanes in this photo. The well-worn right lane is the exit, and I'm guessing it's got so much more traffic due to people coming from the opposite direction deciding that this is a good place to get off the highway. This exit is the first after a long 8-mile tunnel through the mountains to the south, so perhaps those heading north got a surprise they weren't expecting upon exit from the tunnel, and decided to bail.

This is also the location where I took the last two photos in my “Shutter Speed's Effect on Falling Snow” post a few weeks ago.

For completeness, here's the view from the same spot looking down the exit off-ramp, which descends sharply down the mountain to a river valley below....

A Whole World of Winter-Wonderland Driving Fun -- Shirakawa, Gifu, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/800 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
A Whole World of Winter-Wonderland Driving Fun

The morning drive had started snowy, and now just after lunch it was much worse.... but there was more to come. Much, much more...

Continued here...


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