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Advice for an Across-the-USA RV Trip?

We're planning a family trip across the US by RV in March, from San Francisco to Cleveland. It's not the kind of thing I've done before (well, not since I was 10), so I'd appreciate any advice anyone might be able to offer.

In particular, I'd want to have phone and internet access while on the road. All the phones we have here in Japan are simlocked :-( , so I'd have to probably buy a couple of cheap phones, and perhaps rent a mobile hotspot? Suggestions appreciated...


Kyoto At Night During a Heavy Snow, Part 2
“ This is Miserable ” 「これは 大変 ですね」 comment to me in passing by lady walking in the middle of the street at 4:15am after Kyoto's biggest snow in more than 60 years -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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This is Miserable
「これは大変ですね」
comment to me in passing by lady walking in the middle of the street at 4:15am
after Kyoto's biggest snow in more than 60 years

She could have been commenting on my inability to set up the tripod, aim the camera, and actually focus the shot properly in time, but I think she was talking about the weather.

これは真夜中大雪中撮影散歩の続きの記事です。 今朝零時から5時間散歩をしました、平安神宮南禅寺周辺で。 京都新聞により, 61年ぶりに20センチを超えました。

At 7am this morning I posted Kyoto At Night During a Heavy Snow after having spent the night wandering around my area of Kyoto with a camera and tripod. I suspected that the evening's snowfall had beat the record-breaking snow of the previous day, and indeed now after four hours of sleep I see in the paper that it was the 4th most snow on record for Kyoto city proper, and the most since almost a foot and a half fell one day in January 1954.

Some folks were out and about, but for the most part I had the area to myself.

The Childlike Pleasure of just standing in the middle of an open street Jingu Street, 12:15am 京都市左京区、神宮道、午前0時15分 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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The Childlike Pleasure
of just standing in the middle of an open street
Jingu Street, 12:15am
京都市左京区、神宮道、午前0時15分

I like the snow when it's photogenic and I don't have to drive (this event several years ago pretty much scarred my snow-driving confidence), but a quick heavy wet snow has its drawbacks. One problem was keeping snow off the lens (I fumbled with an umbrella while trying to work the camera), and another was that snow or things weighted down by snow could come crashing down any time.

The Calm Before the Crash front gate of the Heian Shrine 平安神宮 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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The Calm Before the Crash
front gate of the Heian Shrine
平安神宮

Seconds after taking the shot above, one of the snow-laden big branches to the left came crashing down. The sound as it was ripped from the tree and then crashed through other branches on the way to a huge thud was impressive. (Photographically it was less impressive... a shot 10 seconds later merely shows an empty spot where the branch used to be.)

When I was near the Heian Shrine I would sometimes see folks out for a stroll, or out to take pictures, or just walking home, but once I got onto the back streets, I went two and a half hours without seeing or hearing another soul.

Deserted -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Deserted
Positively Pregnant heavily laden with snow -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Positively Pregnant
heavily laden with snow

午前一時半位、雪は止んだ。落雪はまだヤバい!

The snow stopped for a while at about 1:30am and I could work with the camera a bit more freely, but I was well aware that huge masses of snow could come down from the branches (or with the branches) onto my head and lens at any time. I was careful and took calculated risks.

Occasionally I'd hear the rending of a branch, or more commonly the huge thump of a big pile of snow hitting the ground. Then in the Nanzen Temple I came across a tree that had quite-recently fallen...

Fallen Tree at the Nanzen Temple 南禅寺の落ちた木、午前3時半 -- Nanzen Temple (南禅寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Fallen Tree
at the Nanzen Temple
南禅寺の落ちた木、午前3時半

You can tell from the car tracks running right through it that the tree had fallen after most of the snow had fallen, but enough snow had accumulated on it to show that it hadn't just fallen. It was now 3:30am; I'm guessing it fell an hour or two prior.

It fell in about the same location that these kids are standing.

Strong Rope -- Nanzen Temple (南禅寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Strong Rope

I came back into civilization at about 4am at Sanjo Street, at The Incline. It's an area with a steep hill that was put to use 120 years ago when Japan's first power generator was built, flinging water down the hill in pipes to slam into water turbines. I half expected to find lots of abandoned cars and accidents, but there were just a couple of taxis paused by the side of the road...

“ Beware of Icing — 0°C ” Sanjo Street, near the Westin Miyako Hotel 三条通り、インクラインとウェスティン都ホテル京都の間 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Beware of Icing — 0°C
Sanjo Street, near the Westin Miyako Hotel
三条通り、インクラインとウェスティン都ホテル京都の間
Pure Ice at the bottom of a long, steep, winding hill めっちゃ凍結してる -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Pure Ice
at the bottom of a long, steep, winding hill
めっちゃ凍結してる

I'm not sure which would be more crazy... trying to drive in this with a car, or a bicycle...

Valiant Effort -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Valiant Effort
Even More Valiant motorcycle delivery of some sort... likely newspapers -- Shirakawa River -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Even More Valiant
motorcycle delivery of some sort... likely newspapers
Pointless he ended up pushing the bicycle for the most part -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Pointless
he ended up pushing the bicycle for the most part

Continued here...


Kyoto At Night During a Heavy Snow
desktop background image of Larry -- Chez Larry à Kyoto Entrance to Larry Ellison's Villa in Kyoto Kaiusou Villa (何有荘,京都), Kyoto Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Chez Larry à Kyoto
Entrance to Larry Ellison's Villa in Kyoto
Kaiusou Villa (何有荘,京都), Kyoto Japan
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三日零時から5時間、大雪のなかで京都市東山周辺でカメラと三脚一緒散歩しました。

At 100,000,000 US dollars for the single-family residence, I suppose it's not a Motel 6, but apparently he'll leave the light on for you nevertheless. :-)

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is reported to have bought this villa near my house several years ago, for a reported 100 million US dollars, though it's not known whether he's ever actually visited it in person. It's been reported, though, that he's pouring an additional 100 million dollars into renovations.

(Larry's house has appeared on my blog once before, here.)

Anyway, I wasn't outside his front door at 3:40 am just to loiter. I had finished my most recent post about the big New Year's Day snow at 11:40pm, and then immediately went out to photograph another big snow that had started not long before.

I was out until 5am. It snowed heavily for the fist couple of hours... I'd bet that yesterday's 58-year-old Kyoto-snowfall record was easily broken again.

desktop background image of the main gate of the Nanzenji Temple, at night, after a heavy snow (南禅寺の三門、雪かけ) -- The Nanzen Temple 南禅寺の三門 -- Nanzen Temple (南禅寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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The Nanzen Temple
南禅寺の三門
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Squall -- Nanzen Temple (南禅寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Squall

The shot above is one that really illustrates to me my lack of skill with the camera. The branch seen in the shot was very large, and it held a huuuuuuge amount of snow. I was taking a real risk to merely be under it, and quickly took a photo with the intent to illustrate both the amount of snow and the risk. But neither really shows up in the end result. )-:

Circular Moonbow? -- Nanzen Temple (南禅寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Circular Moonbow?

I suppose it's ice crystals in the upper atmosphere, but I'm not really sure what causes this kind of circular rainbow around the moon. The colors were much more pronounced than you see here, particularly with the blue/indigo/violet areas of the rainbow, which were clearly visible at a glance, but don't seem to show up in this shot.

(I've shown the same affect much better, during a solar eclipse, here and here.)

Building at the Nanzenji Temple -- Nanzen Temple (南禅寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Building at the Nanzenji Temple
Sanjo Street at 4am on a very snowy Saturday morning -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Sanjo Street
at 4am on a very snowy Saturday morning
午前4時の三条通り
Main Gate of the Heian Shrine with a festival food stall getting ready for the early-morning shrine-visiting cro
wd -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Main Gate of the Heian Shrine
with a festival food stall getting ready for the early-morning shrine-visiting crowd
平安神宮の大鳥居の下の屋台、初詣のお客様に準備中

Continued here...


More From That Big New-Year’s-Day Snow in Kyoto
Snowy Heian Shrine Kyoto Japan 平安神宮、京都市 -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Snowy Heian Shrine
Kyoto Japan
平安神宮、京都市

As I mentioned Yesterday, New Year's Day brought Kyoto's biggest snow in 60ish years. I went out for a bit in the evening to snap some pics and play with Anthony.

It was really coming down...

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Compare that shot to the lead shot on this post.

The snow just stuck to whatever it first touched, and accumulated in improbable amounts on the most insubstantial of surfaces....

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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The moment I walked outside I knew that the expressway (whose nearest entrance is more than 6km away) was closed, because when it closes, traffic ends up bogged down on my street...

Expressway Refugees -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Expressway Refugees
Not Much Traffic Here -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Not Much Traffic Here
But Lots of Snow Play -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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But Lots of Snow Play
Bus Stop -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Bus Stop
Seating Available Kyoto Prefectural Library, Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Seating Available
Kyoto Prefectural Library, Okazaki
Clearing the Slide as a matter of public service, of course ;-) -- Playground SW of Nijo-Jingumichi -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Clearing the Slide
as a matter of public service, of course ;-)
Festival -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Festival

Earlier in the day, when there wasn't a flake of snow, I took lots of pictures with the intent to write about the new-year's crowds. This whole are was packed with folks making their first shrine visit of the new year. At the time, the road was closed to vehicles and was lined with food vendors. Now the vendors have battened down the hatches until tomorrow.

Entrance Gate Heian Shrine -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Entrance Gate
Heian Shrine
Lame Impersonation of this shot when he was four -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Lame Impersonation
of this shot when he was four
Splats in Waiting on a side building The slumping snow on the roof made me think of “ When You Tempt Fate, Sometimes You Lose ” -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Splats in Waiting
on a side building
The slumping snow on the roof made me think of
When You Tempt Fate, Sometimes You Lose
Main Building Heian Shrine -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Main Building
Heian Shrine

Then it was time for more snow play with Anthony...

Moving Target -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Moving Target

By the time I put the camera aside to play, my hands were so frozen that I couldn't feel them other than by proxy through the pain. At the shrine it had gotten to where I couldn't tell whether I had pressed the shutter button or anything... I had lost any sense of touch in my right hand, so I was taking shots with my left. I hadn't been that cold since I was a kid.

When I started to play with Anthony, my right hand hurt so much I just couldn't do it, so I shoved it under my armpit for five minutes to warm it, with that exquisitely painful pain one gets when an over-cold finger or toe is warming. Wow, it really really hurt.

But oddly, after that I was fine for the rest of the night. We threw snowballs and such for well over an hour and they didn't feel so much as chilly again. Odd.

Playground SW of Nijo-Jingumichi -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Canal looking a bit like cherry blossoms, the snow here reminds me of this -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Canal
looking a bit like cherry blossoms, the snow here reminds me of this
Impromptu Elevator Selfie with both camera and self slightly snow encrusted -- Shirakawa River -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Impromptu Elevator Selfie
with both camera and self slightly snow encrusted

I'd mentioned at the end of yesterday's post that the forecast was for more snow overnight and that I might try to get up to photograph in the morning. Neither happened. I was so tired (from the snowball play, I suppose) that I slept until 10:30am! It turns out no new snow fell anyway.

This evening (it's 11:30pm as I write this) the snow is coming down hard again, and it looks to be more than yesterday. Probably I'll head out tonight even for a bit after posting this, lest I have to wait another 58 years for a similar chance...

Update: it turns out I had to wait only one day for a bigger snow.


Kyoto’s Biggest Snow in 58 Years

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Big Snow in Kyoto
biggest in 58 years, at least (though this photo was taken near the start)
京都市内の58年ぶりの大雪

While setting up in my living room for the silly photoshoot today, I noticed a few flakes of snow starting to fall a bit after 1pm. According to the news later in the evening, by 6pm it was already the biggest snowfall in Kyoto City in the last 58 years.

By 6pm the accumulation was only 16cm (6¼ inches), which is nothing for Ohio where I grew up, or New Hampshire where I went to grad school, but for Kyoto City it's a big deal.


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/320 sec, f/5, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
Two and a Half Hours In
main gate of the Heian Shrine (平安神宮大鳥居)

Just to show how quickly it came down, here are two photos taken at the same spot in the Heian Shrine, three hours apart...


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Leaving an Unlucky Fortune Behind
if your fortune paper is bad, you tie it here for better luck
12:35pm (午後12時半)

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Same Spot
at 3:45pm (同じ所、午後3時45分)

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Whiteout Dash
I was maybe 20m or 30m from the building, but it was mostly invisible

The forecast is for substantial more snow tonight and tomorrow. I should take advantage of the rare opportunity to visit some temple gardens at first light, but after dinner I went out into the snow again for three hours of frozen photography and snow play with Anthony, and I'm exhausted to the bone. I think this is the most tired I've felt all year. ;-)

I have plenty more to post from today, but these few shots will do until I can get some sleep under my belt.

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