A Small Window

June 23, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I found a great lookout last summer.

It's a small hill that looks out over some peaceful terraced rice paddies.


Yonezawa Terraces Pano Reedit FlickrhankoYonezawa Terraces Pano Reedit Flickrhanko

This spring I was hoping to capture some panorama landscapes of the rice paddies with colourful sunsets reflected in them.

I visited the hill a couple of times in April when the paddies were flooded, but on the days I was there the skies just didn't cooperate.
They were either grey and overcast, or it was windy and the reflections were messy.


Jet Cloud done FlickrhankoJet Cloud done Flickrhanko


There is a only a small window of about 3 weeks between when the rice paddies are first flooded and when the rice grows too high and the reflections get blocked out.

Before I knew it the window had closed and I didn't get the photo I wanted. 
I gave up, and wrote it in my notebook for something to try again in April next year.

In the meantime, the two photos above are the best I could manage this year. Now that 2 months has passed I must say that they aren't as dull as I had thought.
I still have an image in my head of the same paddies glowing reds and yellows in a spectacular spring sunset.


Here is the same place in late summer when the rice is being harvested.
The bird in the sky is a Kite (トンビ) which is a large hawk. 
This view is looking up the valley.
The houses on the left are the same houses in the photos above.


A Quiet DayA Quiet Day

It's a great little view don't you think?



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