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 (see this tree one month later). 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.

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Settling in for the Night

Night is falling. Irma is forecast to peak at about 2am on Monday morning. Click on the image for a larger view.

The Green of Spring

New foliage is so vibrant. Our forest practically glows with the yellow-green of new leaves. Our landscape was so different at the beginning of May. These last two weeks have almost made the grey winter seem like a distant memory. Click on the image for a larger view.