Egrets at Dawn

Egrets just after dawn, several hundred meters upstream from Yasugawa Ohashi on Japan Route 8. Ritto and Moriyama (downstream beyond the shinkansen tracks) are to the left of the bridge and Yasu City is to the right.

In the video the Shinkansen (high-speed train) passes from left to right on its way to Tokyo. The sound of the Shinkansen seems delayed because it is actually quite distant. The video clips were taken with an Olympus OM-D E-M5 micro four-thirds camera and an OM system 300mm lens. The photo below was taken with a 17mm lens. I after I took this photo, I moved forward and to the left about 30 meters and then recorded the video.

Yasugawa Ohashi

This area near my home is extremely noisy, so traffic noises dominate the audio tracks. I live within a triangle formed by Japan Route 1, Japan Route 8 and Yasugawa. Shinkansen and JR trains run nearby to the west, and the Meishin expressway is only a couple of kilometers to the east. Just across the river is a gravel company with a rock crushing plant.

Rock crushing plant in Yasu City

When the rock crusher is running at dawn, field recrding nearby is impossible. Mercifully, they shut down the rock crusher a few minutes before I began to record.

Published by Greg Peterson

Professor Emeritus, Kyoto Notre Dame University. I have retired from full-time service (1977-2014) and now offer weekly lectures in interpersonal and intercultural communication. Since 1980 I have lived in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, where I enjoy outdoor activities, especially photography, hiking, and cycling.

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