Ritto City in southern Shiga Prefecture, Japan, was covered with snow for a few days in January, 2017.
On January 15th heavy snow covered Takano Park near my home.
As usual on Sunday, local children were playing at Takano Park. They seemed delighted by the rare chance to play in a snowstorm.
On January 16th more snow was followed by patches of blue sky.
We had a bit more snow on January 24th. By noon it was melting.
Appreciating wider angles
This January a few days of snow reminded me to appreciate a wider view of the environment. Most of my photographs have been portraits of birds or closeups of bugs or flowers. I enjoy watching living creatures up close through a telephoto lens, but I don’t want to become too absorbed in such a narrow view of life. I think it’s wise to also see and photograph the world from a broader and more natural perspective.
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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