Transitions

Buck Lake, Florida. Lakes in Florida don’t always have a clear transition from water to land. Edges are bound by vegetation, but not definite shore lines. Click on the image for a larger view.

Shitamachi

Shitamachi is literally “downtown.” Its connotation is that of an unchanging working-class neighborhood populated by Edokko, or Tokyoites. Tokyo has a reputation as Japan’s modern city, yet sections seem to miss the constant development. Yanaka, just north of Ueno park, is probably one of the most recognized Shitamachi.

While Yanaka is well within the modern Tokyo today, that was not always the case. The Great Fire of Meireki in 1657 destroyed 65% of Tokyo, then called Edo, and claimed over 100,000 lives. Thought to have started in a temple, the Tokugawa Shogunate moved many temples outside the city to the north. Yanaka was one of the towns created from that migration. This image is from Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, Emptiness. Click on the image for a larger view.

In a Field

Everything in Florida is green. The endless summer means trees can hold their foliage year round. To see a barren tree that appears too young to have died from natural causes is odd. I wonder if this was a casualty of Hurricane Irma. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Swamp

A large conservation area abuts our community. Most of the land is forested, but very different to the forests on Maine. While fern is common to both places, the forest floor is entirely underwater. Click on the image for a larger view.

After Irma

Hurricane Irma has passed. We were very fortunate not to have sustained any major damage, not everyone in Florida and the Caribbean were so lucky. Irma was only a category 2 storm when it reached us, with sustained winds of around 80 mph. While there may not be much obvious damage, the storm makes significant impact to the environment. Compare the tree in front of our house today with its condition just before Irma arrived yesterday. Notice the loss of foliage in the canopy. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Waiting for Irma

Naomi and I are waiting for Hurricane Irma. The hurricane force winds are expected to arrive within the hour and last for the next twenty four. We have had tornado warnings for most of the day. We are expect to lose power. The weather has certainly been exciting since arriving in Florida. We wish everyone well as this storm passes.  Click on the image for a larger view.

Night Driving, Part 3

The method of photographing lightning by opening the shutter over a period of time allows for images over time to be recorded. Each strike causes an exposure of the landscape to be captured, showing both the passing forest and open pasture. Passing a moving car records the red tail lights across the bottom of the picture. The reflections of our car’s dashboard are reflected in the window. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Night Driving, Part 2

Driving west across central Florida, we headed toward several lightning storms. Since lightning strikes are unpredictable, I had to simply open the shutter for a period of time hoping a strike would occur. Click on the image for a larger view.