Ritto City in southern Shiga Prefecture, Japan, was covered with snow for a few days in January, 2017.

January 15th

On January 15th heavy snow covered Takano Park near my home.

Snow at Takano Shrine in Ritto City on January 15, 2017
Snow at Takano Shrine in Ritto City on January 15, 2017
Snow in Takano Park, Ritto City
Snow in Takano Park, Ritto City
Snow in Takano Park, Ritto City
Snow in Takano Park, Ritto City

As usual on Sunday, local children were playing at Takano Park. They seemed delighted by the rare chance to play in a snowstorm.

Children playing in snow in Takano Park, Ritto City
Children playing in snow in Takano Park, Ritto City
Children playing in snow in Takano Park, Ritto City
Children playing in snow in Takano Park, Ritto City
Children playing in snow in Takano Park, Ritto City
Children playing in snow in Takano Park, Ritto City

January 16th

On January 16th more snow was followed by patches of blue sky.

Eurasian tree sparrows (Passer montanus, スズメ) in a snow-covered field in Hayashi, Ritto City
Eurasian tree sparrows (Passer montanus, スズメ) in a snow-covered field in Hayashi, Ritto City
Tree at the end of the ground golf course in Deba, RItto City, during a snow storm
Tree at the end of the ground golf course in Deba, RItto City, during a snow storm
Two spring riders near the tennis courts in Deba, Ritto City, with Yasugawa Ohashi (野洲川大橋) and Mikamiyama (三上山) in the background
Two spring riders near the tennis courts in Deba, Ritto City, with Yasugawa Ohashi (野洲川大橋) and Mikamiyama (三上山) in the background
Snow-covered field in Tsuji, Ritto City, with Mikamiyama in the background
Snow-covered field in Tsuji, Ritto City, with Mikamiyama in the background
Snow-covered field in Tsuji, Ritto City
Snow-covered field in Tsuji, Ritto City
Pink rose in Tsuji, Ritto City
Pink rose in Tsuji, Ritto City

January 24th

We had a bit more snow on January 24th. By noon it was melting.

Snow-covered fields in Hayashi, Ritto City
Snow-covered fields in Hayashi, Ritto City
Mikamiyama (三上山) and the upper ground golf course in Deba, Ritto City
Mikamiyama (三上山) and the upper ground golf course in Deba, RItto City
Bodaijisan (菩提寺山) and the upper ground golf course in Deba, Ritto City
Bodaijisan (菩提寺山) and the upper ground golf course in Deba, RItto City
Mikamiyama (三上山) and Bodaijisan (菩提寺山) seen from Yasugawa Sports Park in Deba, Ritto City
Mikamiyama (三上山) and Bodaijisan (菩提寺山) seen from Yasugawa Sports Park in Deba, RItto City
Mikamiyama (三上山) seen from the woods at Yasugawa Sports Park in Deba, Ritto City
Mikamiyama (三上山) seen from the woods at Yasugawa Sports Park in Deba, RItto City
Yasugawa Sports Park on a winter afternoon
Yasugawa Sports Park on a winter afternoon

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.

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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2 Comments

  1. 雪の高野神社・・久しぶりです。子供たちの”大はしゃぎの”様子”が楽しいですね!

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