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Mountain Ravine in Northern Kyoto, Part 2
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desktop background image of looking up while surrounded by very tall almost-branch-free cedars in the mountain forest of northern Kyoto, Japan -- Surrounded by Giants -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Surrounded by Giants
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Yesterday I posted a few pictures in Part 1 on a particularly photogenic ravine first seen in last week's “Scenes From Mountain Roads in Northern Kyoto”.

This post is a bunch more, mostly without comment.

First, again, here is the view from the road...

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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I climbed up into that for the rest of the pictures.

The trees aren't actually all that tall... maybe 25-30m (~7 or 8 stories tall), but they're plenty tall enough to awe.

desktop background image of a lushly green forest floor broken by the straight trunks of cedar, in the mountains of northern Kyoto, Japan -- Lush -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Lush
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These Fractal Plants account for most of the green lushness -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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These Fractal Plants
account for most of the green lushness
Some Ferns as Well this was a throw-away light-measuring shot, but I like how sharp the fern happened to come in -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Some Ferns as Well
this was a throw-away light-measuring shot, but I like how sharp the fern happened to come in
Tall -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Tall

This next one isn't much in the thumbnail version, but it's quite something else when viewed full screen...

desktop background image of a mountain forest of ceder -- Begs to be Big -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Begs to be Big
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desktop background image of a forest of lush green and straight cedar, in the mountains of northern Kyoto, Japan -- Trunk -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Bed -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Bed
desktop background image of a forest of lush green and straight cedar, in the mountains of northern Kyoto, Japan -- Overexposed -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Overexposed
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desktop background image of a forest of lush green and straight cedar, in the mountains of northern Kyoto, Japan -- Better Exposure; Less Compelling but still not too bad -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Better Exposure; Less Compelling
but still not too bad
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Looking Back to the road -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Looking Back
to the road
Looking Sideways -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Looking Sideways
Looking Down! Japan's most venomous snake -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Looking Down!
Japan's most venomous snake

While heading back down, I came within a pace and a half of stepping on this guy, scaring myself half to death when I saw him below me. From his coiled reaction a moment later, I seem to have had a similar effect on him.

I didn't know what kind of snake he was, but I gave him a wide berth, and he slithered off. He was about two feet long.

It turns out that he's a dreaded mamushi pit viper (マムシ), which I didn't know to expect in the mountains. (I do now.) It has the most potent venom of any snake in Japan, but while its bite can be fatal, it's not as deadly as the Amami/Okinawa habu (ハブ) because the mamushi tend to be physically smaller, so their bite is delivers a correspondingly smaller amount of venom.

But being bit by one would not be fun. The most common results are “MOF” (multiple organ failure) and necrosis of the area/limb bitten, which can lead to amputation (if, at least, you recover from the first problem). Most cases require a month of hospitalization, but those young and strong can require less, and, as I said, some are fatal.

Fumie's great grandmother lost a leg to an Amami habu not long after WWII, causing great family hardship during a time when things were already pretty hard to begin with, so I've learned to be wary when we go down there, but I didn't expect these mamushi in the mountains up here. They normally live in grasslands near a river, I thought. (My first introduction to them was a warning sign I came across four years ago.) But now I'm getting paranoid... yesterday I was with Anthony and Gen playing in this fun river area when I remembered mamushi and it suddenly wasn't so fun anymore.


Comments so far....

Regarding reducing the danger of snake bite, you might consider cowboy boots. It’s pretty much why they were invented.

— comment by David G on July 3rd, 2011 at 11:52pm JST (3 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

wonderful fotos and wonderful places, and wonderful moments you catch with your camera… i thought i had a camera.but when i see your works i realise that i have just a toy,jajaja.noever it is very amusing
i,ve found you again but i dont find how to follow your blog….
or perhaps my english is not enough to understand where i have to click for it…

writing from huelva, spain
in my blog are some fotos from where i,m living.saludos

Thanks for your kind words. Look at my posts from a few years ago and you’ll see that it’s been an acquired skill. For subscribing, your reader should be able to handle the home page, or the RSS feed —Jeffrey

— comment by karola on July 4th, 2011 at 2:07am JST (3 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Really, all pictures are eye relaxing. i like all of them. thankyou.

— comment by Satyam on September 16th, 2011 at 1:24pm JST (3 years ago) comment permalink
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