Valerie Wigglegram at the Eigenji Temple
Animatable Wigglegram (23 frames) — slowly sweep mouse from side to side to view 3D effect
写真の上をマウスで左右にゆっくり動かすと「3D」な感じが出ます。

Here's a wigglegram of Taiwan-based photographer Valerie Roche near the back entrance to the Eigenji Temple (永源寺) in Shiga Prefecture, from the outing earlier in the month touched on in A Peek at Not-Yet-Peak Autumn Colors in Japan, To Pique Your Interest.

If the location seems familiar, it's perhaps because of a wigglegram of Paul Barr in the same place, two years ago, appearing in The Back Entrance to Shiga’s Eigenji Temple.

It's such a photogenic temple in autumn, I have to show from that trip for a dozen more postgs, but sadly I got around to only Rear Courtyard at the Eigenji Temple and Anatomy of a Selfie.


A Peek at Not-Yet-Peak Autumn Colors in Japan, To Pique Your Interest
Middle of Nowhere Patrick, Damien, and Valerie in Shiga Prefecture, Japan -- Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 60mm — 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
Middle of Nowhere
Patrick, Damien, and Valerie
in Shiga Prefecture, Japan

One reason that I don't blog so much these days is that when I do go out with the camera, the places I visit are so overwhelmingly beautiful that I get choice paralysis in deciding what to work on, and what to write about. I start to work on one set of photos, only to get drawn into a hundred side channels for things I want to share, and in the end I share nothing because nothing finds its way all the way to a blog post.

So with the intent to fight agsinst that, I set out this morning to quickly scan the 714 photos I took during a recent outing to some temples in Shiga Prefecture (an hour's drive from Kyoto), and quickly choose a few photos and blog them. What I had hoped would take 30 minutes has, to this point, taken two hours.

Comparing Camera Settings at the Eigenji Temple (永源寺) -- Eigenji Temple (永源寺) -- Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/50 sec, f/2.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Comparing Camera Settings
at the Eigenji Temple (永源寺)

Part of the slowness comes from my desire to tie in today's photos with ones from the past. This helps make my blog a diary for my own consumption later in life, I guess, when my memory starts to.... what was I talking about? 🙂

For example, the lead photo above was taken very near where the lead photo of this post was taken, a couple of years prior during that year's same Shiga temples tour. But even closer is this photo, take during Cycling to Nagoya for Coffee, which was, at 260km, my longest ride to date.

Crisp Light -- Eigenji Temple (永源寺) -- Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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)
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Crisp Light

Our first stop of the day, the Eigenji Temple, was not yet at its peak of color, but it was still lovely, and I hope to post much more from the day. When here two years ago, it had indeed been at peak color, as seen in Anatomy of a Selfie and a few others. Sigh, that day was so photogenic, there should be 20 more posts just from it. Maybe someday.

We then made our way to the jaw-dropping awe-inspiring emotionally-powerful Kongorinji Temple (金剛輪寺), as introduced a long time ago in Deep Sorrow at the Kongourinji Temple’s Path of Jizou, but perhaps better photographed half a dozen years ago in Uncountable Sorrows: Path of Statues Dedicated to Children who Passed Before Their Parents, or any of the many other posts that the nearby photos link under each picture brings you to.

Purification Basin at the Kongorinji Temple (金剛輪寺) -- Kongorinji Temple (金剛輪寺) -- Echi, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 5000 — map & image datanearby photos
Purification Basin
at the Kongorinji Temple (金剛輪寺)
Fuzzy Visitor on the purification basin's dragon -- Kongorinji Temple (金剛輪寺) -- Echi, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/125 sec, f/2.5, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Fuzzy Visitor
on the purification basin's dragon
desktop background image of incense offerings at the Kongorinji Temple (金剛輪寺), Shiga Prefecture, Japan. -- Offerings -- Kongorinji Temple (金剛輪寺) -- Echi, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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)
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/320 sec, f/2.5, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Offerings
Desktop-Background Versions
1280×800  ·  1680×1050  ·  1920×1200  ·  2560×1600  ·  2880×1800
Simple Basin at the Sakaejun Temple (栄順寺) -- Sakaejun Temple (栄順寺) -- Omihachiman, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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)
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/320 sec, f/2.5, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Simple Basin
at the Sakaejun Temple (栄順寺)
Plonk -- Sakaejun Temple (栄順寺) -- Omihachiman, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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)
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/320 sec, f/2.5, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Plonk

I've felt remarkably uninspired to photograph or write this year, but this was an inspiring trip, so perhaps some of its effects will linger and I'll write more soon. It's five hours after I started writing this post at home, and now I'm finishing it in the Osaka airport as I start a trip to Ohio to visit my folks.

Continued here...


Kyoto’s 2018 Fall Foliage Season is Upon Us
Quick Portrait at the Sanzen-in Temple 三千院、Kyoto Japan -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 42mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2500 — map & image datanearby photos
Quick Portrait at the Sanzen-in Temple
三千院、Kyoto Japan

The fall colors starting to descend upon Kyoto has woken me up, at least momentarily, from an almost-two-month blogging slumber. Friends Paul and Olesia are visiting, Paul for the 100th time, Olesia for the first, so we took her up to the Ohara area of Kyoto, in the north-eastern mountains, for the first taste of autumn colors.

Walking up from the parking area toward the temples, the path is lined with tasteful shops. Here's a little kiosk selling only autumn-color handkerchiefs:

Ohara -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 36mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1400 — map & image datanearby photos
Symbol of the Area apparently -- Ohara -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 34mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 5600 — map & image datanearby photos
Symbol of the Area
apparently
A Few Colors -- Ohara -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 38mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 560 — map & image datanearby photos
A Few Colors
Cucumber on a Stick -- Ohara -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 32mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 5000 — map & image datanearby photos
Cucumber on a Stick
Ohara -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 56mm — 1/250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 4000 — map & image datanearby photos
Nice Tree near the entrance to the Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 38mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 900 — map & image datanearby photos
Nice Tree
near the entrance to the Sanzen-in Temple (三千院)
Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 45mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Main Garden few colors yet, besides green -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 38mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 900 — map & image datanearby photos
Main Garden
few colors yet, besides green
Green-Tea Instagram Moment -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 120mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2500 — map & image datanearby photos
Green-Tea Instagram Moment
Hallway with Nice Light -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/100 sec, f/5, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Hallway with Nice Light
Another Way to enjoy the main garden (10 minutes later, she tracked me down and asked for copies of the photos) -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/100 sec, f/5, ISO 1100 — map & image datanearby photos
Another Way
to enjoy the main garden
(10 minutes later, she tracked me down and asked for copies of the photos)
This Tree Can't Decide what color to be -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/100 sec, f/6.3, ISO 3600 — map & image datanearby photos
This Tree Can't Decide
what color to be
Olesia -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 44mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
Olesia
Me photo by Olesia -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 6 — 1/30 sec, f/2.2, ISO 40 — map & image datanearby photos
Me
photo by Olesia
Nice Detail -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 38mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
Nice Detail
“ Secret Path ” that's not secret; I had simply never noticed it. -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
Secret Path
that's not secret; I had simply never noticed it.
Nice Place for a Portrait -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1100 — map & image datanearby photos
Nice Place for a Portrait
Slumbering Jizo -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 125mm — 1/320 sec, f/2.8, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Slumbering Jizo
Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos
Photographers are Suckers for moss -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 48mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2500 — map & image datanearby photos
Photographers are Suckers
for moss
Fading Light -- Ohara -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 29mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1100 — map & image datanearby photos
Fading Light
Ohara -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 50mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
Just Peeking Hosen-in Temple (宝泉院) -- Hosen-in Temple (宝泉院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 32mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
Just Peeking
Hosen-in Temple (宝泉院)
Ohara -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/320 sec, f/2.8, ISO 4000 — map & image datanearby photos
Dressing (as in salad) Shop -- Ohara -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos
Dressing (as in salad) Shop

On the way in, we stopped by a shop that gave taste samples of their various dressings and ponzu. They were all good, but two of them were wow!, so we stopped on the way back to get some.

Many Kinds -- Ohara -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 26mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Many Kinds
Onion & Garlic -- Ohara -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Onion & Garlic

I also picked up a bottle of aka shiso flavor (red shiso). Really crisp and nice.

Field of Rape The area used to produce a lot of rapeseed oil (also known as “ canola oil ” ) -- Ohara -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 38mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
Field of Rape
The area used to produce a lot of rapeseed oil (also known as canola oil)

We took the long way home to drive through some of the deep mountain roads that I cycle on. When in the forest it was quite dark. In this photo below, it was actually much darker than it seems (I took a longer exposure than normal). Handheld for 1/13th second. It came out okay.

Much Brighter than Reality near Momoi Pass (百井峠) -- Momoi Pass (百井峠) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/13 sec, f/2.8, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Much Brighter than Reality
near Momoi Pass (百井峠)

The warm glow from the setting sun look is from the car's hazard lights. 🙂


Surveying Supertyphoon Jebi’s Damage North of Kyoto, Part 2

Today's post is a continuation of SUPER FUN!! Cycling in Supertyphoon Jebi and its followup, Surveying Supertyphoon Jebi’s Damage North of Kyoto, Part 1.

At the end of the previous post, we'd come across a fallen utility pole, as we had a few times earlier....

2:40pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
2:40pm
“ Caution ” the small sign at left is normally high up in the air, alerting to overhead wires -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Caution
the small sign at left is normally high up in the air, alerting to overhead wires

The photo above is looking back toward where we'd come from, and in it there's a farmer leaning against a truck in front of his house. He'd told me that the road was not passable even by foot, but I'd dismissed it as an exaggeration. I shouldn't have.

What follows are a bunch of photos in chronological order, documenting what we came across....

2:40pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 34mm — 1/125 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
2:40pm
Can Barely See the Road 2:41pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 34mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.3, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Can Barely See the Road
2:41pm
Can Not See The Road 2:41pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Can Not See The Road
2:41pm
2:42pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.1, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
2:42pm
Still No Road 2:43pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.1, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Still No Road
2:43pm
2:44pm photo by Joshua Levine -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
2:44pm
photo by Joshua Levine
2:48pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
2:48pm
2:48pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 44mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.6, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
2:48pm
2:49pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 50mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.7, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
2:49pm
2:50pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
2:50pm
2:50pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
2:50pm
Lucky Car 2:51pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.1, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Lucky Car
2:51pm
2:52pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 41mm — 1/125 sec, f/4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
2:52pm
2:54pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.1, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
2:54pm
This Section Was Difficult 2:57pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
This Section Was Difficult
2:57pm

This section that I had just come over was difficult, because not only was the road not visible, we were walking on branches that were well above the guardrail, itself not visible unless your foot fell through the web of branches and made a hole to look down and see it. The only path I could find was right over the guardrail at the edge of the cliff, so if you slipped in an unlucky way, you'd slice your foot on the top of the guardrail, or tumble down into the river.

At this point we met two workers walking from the other direction, and they helped John and Joshua with their bikes.

Helping Hand 2:57pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Helping Hand
2:57pm

They said that they had been walking for an hour, and that there were maybe six or seven more almost-impassable sections like the one we were on. It turns out that this was wildly underestimated.

Easy Section 2:58pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.8, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Easy Section
2:58pm
Actually Riding 2:59pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Actually Riding
2:59pm
2:59pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.8, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
2:59pm
3:00pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:00pm
3:01pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/125 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:01pm
3:01pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:01pm
3:02pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:02pm
3:02pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:02pm
3:04pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:04pm
Smooth Sailing 3:05pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Smooth Sailing
3:05pm
Old and New 3:07pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Old and New
3:07pm

I'm guessing that the cut trees in the photo above are part of the massive damage from last year's Typhoon #21. The fallen utility pole and the slight landslide are from this year.

3:08pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:08pm
3:08pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7+ — 1/200 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
3:08pm
Stripped This tree had its bark stripped clean in parts 3:09pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Stripped
This tree had its bark stripped clean in parts
3:09pm
3:09pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 47mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:09pm
3:10pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:10pm

At times we faced such a daunting task to get past a section, we thought to turn back. But we knew how tough it would be to retrace our steps, and imagined that it couldn't be that bad going forward.

We were wrong.

3:13pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:13pm
3:14pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 30mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.2, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
3:14pm
3:16pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 30mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:16pm
3:18pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:18pm
3:18pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:18pm
3:19pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:19pm
Mountainside Raped by the Wind 3:21pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 50mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Mountainside Raped by the Wind
3:21pm
This is the Road 3:22pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7+ + iPhone 7 Plus back dual camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/750 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
This is the Road
3:22pm
3:24pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 41mm — 1/125 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:24pm
Passing Through in some sections we could get by only by passing the bikes separately 3:27pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Passing Through
in some sections we could get by only by passing the bikes separately
3:27pm
3:30pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:30pm
3:30pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:30pm
3:30pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:30pm
3:32pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:32pm
3:32pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:32pm
3:39pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:39pm
3:40pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:40pm
3:41pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:41pm
3:41pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 46mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:41pm
Oops 3:42pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Oops
3:42pm
3:42pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:42pm
Low Ceiling 3:42pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Low Ceiling
3:42pm
3:44pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:44pm
3:45pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:45pm
3:45pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 27mm — 1/125 sec, f/2, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
3:45pm
3:47pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:47pm
3:47pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:47pm
3:48pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:48pm
3:48pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:48pm
3:49pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:49pm
3:49pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:49pm
3:50pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/125 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:50pm
3:52pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:52pm
3:54pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:54pm
Peek-a-Boo traffic mirror now easily accessible 3:55pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/125 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Peek-a-Boo
traffic mirror now easily accessible
3:55pm
3:55pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7+ + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/30 sec, f/1.8, ISO 50 — map & image datanearby photos
3:55pm
3:56pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 56mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
3:56pm
3:56pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
3:56pm
3:57pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
3:57pm
4:00pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
4:00pm
Vexing Area 4:01pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/4, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Vexing Area
4:01pm

We were stumped on how to get past this section when out from it came two guys...

4:04pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
4:04pm

They had found a long, low tunnel through the debris on the inside edge of the road, and so we dragged our bikes through it.

We Came From There the tiny little space between the wall and the branches 4:11pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
We Came From There
the tiny little space between the wall and the branches
4:11pm
The Guys' Truck we imagined 4:13pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
The Guys' Truck
we imagined
4:13pm

If that was their truck, the road was open from here on into the city. It had taken an hour and a half to travel about 4km (2.5mi), a stretch of road that normally takes just a few (~6 or 7) minutes.

We're lucky that there were no real landslides, as they can often take out a huge chunk of road, leaving absolutely no way to pass (such as seen here).

As it was we were lucky and could make it through. I was covered in scratched and bathed in sweat, and had lost the auto-retracting lens cap for my camera, a cleat cover, and ended up trashing my cleats. First world problems.

I imagine it'll be a long time before the road will be open.

On the way home, I swung by the Heian Shrine to see what had become of the tree that had fallen across the road the previous afternoon....

No Sign except two green cones doing nothing 4:42pm -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
No Sign
except two green cones doing nothing
4:42pm

Here's the ride at Strava.


Surveying Supertyphoon Jebi’s Damage North of Kyoto, Part 1

In my previous post, SUPER FUN!! Cycling in Supertyphoon Jebi (2018 Typhoon #21), I wrote about cycling while the biggest typhoon in 25 years approached Kyoto. The next day, with fine summer weather, I set off with Joshua Levine and John Chen to see how some of the mountain roads had fared.

Our concern was well founded, as seen in the incredible devastation by a typhoon a year ago (2017’s Typhoon #21, Lan, was Quite the Doozy).

We headed out toward Kyomi Pass, on the same road that I'd been on the previous day as the typhoon approached....

Scattered Debris but not too bad -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Scattered Debris
but not too bad
Passable thanks to someone who had already come by with a chainsaw -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Passable
thanks to someone who had already come by with a chainsaw
Bigger Damage I'm glad I'd not stuck around longer than I did yesterday -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Bigger Damage
I'm glad I'd not stuck around longer than I did yesterday
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Concrete Telephone Pole Down -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Concrete Telephone Pole Down
Another Pole, More Trees -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Another Pole, More Trees
More Cleared Trees near the pass -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
More Cleared Trees
near the pass

This is near where I had turned around the previous day. The main storm came through perhaps an hour and a half later, I suppose.

Today, we continued on...

“ No Motor Vehicles ” unless you can lift them -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
No Motor Vehicles
unless you can lift them
Split in Half The trunks seen at the bottom and top of the frame were originally one and the same. (What a violent moment it must have been to produce this.) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Split in Half
The trunks seen at the bottom and top of the frame were originally one and the same.
(What a violent moment it must have been to produce this.)
Easy Walking as the utility lines held the trunks above ground -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Easy Walking
as the utility lines held the trunks above ground
Tree Trunk Exploded the outer trunk was perfectly stripped from the inner, leaving perfectly-smooth wood -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Tree Trunk Exploded
the outer trunk was perfectly stripped from the inner,
leaving perfectly-smooth wood
Slightly Harder to Pass -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Slightly Harder to Pass
More Trees Down -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
More Trees Down
Finally Reaching The Spring -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Finally Reaching The Spring

This spring, where we often stop to fill our water bottles, is not far below the pass. The nearby photos link below the photo brings up previous blog posts where this spring was featured.

After filling up, we continued on our way deeper into the mountains...

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Common Scene -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Common Scene
Yet Again -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 35mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Yet Again
And Again -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 35mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.3, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
And Again
And Still Again... -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 35mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
And Still Again...

We took the turn toward Mochikoshi Pass. In essence, we had started a clockwise Kyoto Heart Loop, and were working on the western half.

More of the Same -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
More of the Same
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.1, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
“ Turn the Fuck Around and Get Out ” guy in red gloves in the center was egregiously rude -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.1, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Turn the Fuck Around and Get Out
guy in red gloves in the center was egregiously rude

We finally came across a crew working to clear the road, and without prompting we were verbally attacked by one of the workers. His lashing out was entirely uncalled for; someone apparently higher up in the food chain of this group stepped in to allow us to pass.

Quickly Passing -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Quickly Passing
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Panasonic LX100 at an effective 27mm — 1/125 sec, f/2, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos

As we moved away from the area, we passed all the parked cars of the workers, and as we continued toward Mochikoshi Pass, more cars came. This told us that the road ahead was open all the way to the city, as it was the only other way to reach this point. This was good news, and was opposite to what happened last year, as the destruction seen in the previously-mentioned post about last year's typhoon was all on that road that we were soon to return to the city on.

It hadn't been completely unscathed, as we came across one beefy tree that had been cleared:

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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John had never been on this road, so I was pleased to tell him that it was all downhill from here... a lovely 10-minutes of coasting through pretty woods.....

But then we came to this:

Totally Impassable To Cars -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Totally Impassable To Cars

We were bewildered... where did all the cars we'd seen before come from? They could not possibly have passed here.

The farmer who lived here said that we shouldn't try to go forward, because it's totally impassable even on foot.

It slowly dawned on us that the workers had not come from the city, but from the sporadic houses and sparse villages between where we met the workers trying to clear the road, and here. They weren't the city crew dispatched to clear the road; they were residents trying to get out, trying to clear away for people and goods and medical service. Trying to reestablish a lifeline.

Now I could understand why the guy had snapped at us; I imagine it was an extremely stressful situation.

In any case, despite the farmer's warning, we went past the downed utility pole and headed toward town.

Nothing I'd seen today, or last year, or ever, prepared me for what we were to encounter.

Continued here...