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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Happy New Year -良いお年を

Every once in a blue moon, nature rewards the outdoor enthusiast with perfect conditions. It's a matter of probability, I suppose. If you make excursions three or four times a week like we do, sooner or later that perfect day is bound to happen. A couple of weeks ago we enjoyed one on Mt. Tenshu in the Kyushu Central Mountains, where we are continuing to explore obscure hiking trails. Seen from the highway on the approach, as a crystal clear day broke over the range, the higher ridges shone a brilliant white even before the sun was fully up. Likely, a fog had formed earlier in the calm, frigid night around the mountaintops; the supercooled water droplets then encased every tree branch and twig in a delicate layer of feathery rime. We expected an ice-cold soaking as the rime melted and fell on us during the day, but luckily the sky stayed brilliant blue, the winds remained calm, and temperature held low throughout. We enjoyed a full day of magic while also managing to hike nearly 20km of new trail.

snowy1

二週間ほど前、九州脊梁山地の天主山を登った。その日は天気や山の状況は完璧で、素晴らしい経験でした。前の夜は非常に寒かったけど、風が無かったから、山の上部で霧から綺麗な樹氷が出来た。昼も風はなし、気温は氷点下ままだったから、一日中青空と明るい日光で、20キロぐらいのハイキングでこの美しい世界を楽しんだ。

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Approach on the lower mountain. To link our hike into a loop, we followed a seldom-walked, badly eroded old looging railroad carved into the steep mountainside. アップローチ中、内大臣川の上での急坂にあった侵食した古い鉄道の跡を辿った。ちょっと危なくて難しいけど、車を置いた鴨猪川の谷からアクセスできるから便利でした。

This winter holiday, which for us starts today, we are heading back to the Central Mountains, as we did last winter. Somehow, these hills have cast a spell on us. We can't wait to get up at dawn every morning and play in the snow all day. At our home in Amakusa, snow is very rare indeed, and maybe as Canadians we unknowingly need some of the white stuff for our spiritual health. Be that as it may, we won't be around for a couple of weeks so Happy New Year everyone and we hope that you spend it in your own, fulfilling way.

magodake
内大臣渓の向こう側の馬子岳です。その前の週登山道を調査して登った。この高度で樹氷は無かった。

tenshu
樹氷に覆われた天主山の頂上部。

frost2
丁度植林と自然林の境から樹氷が始まった。

crystal1
地面にあった雪の結晶。

snowy2
頂上の近くの木が全体樹氷に覆われた。

ridge
天主山から県境まで伸びている稜線も歩いた。

ridge2
青の深い空と樹氷のコントラストは珍しいものでした。

frost6
天主山の尾根から望んだ県境に位置する三方山。

今年の冬休みは、去年と同じく再び脊梁山地で過ごす予定です。元々カナダ人の私達は、冬の時雪で遊ぶと喜ぶでしょう。とにかくこの山々に魅入られている見たい。しばらくいないから、皆に良いお年を。私達と同じく、来年も自分にふさわしく過してね。

sunset

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2 Comments:

  • Looks like a really nice place to explore! Have fun!

    Love the pictures of the snow on the trees. Looks very magical.

    We got dumped 40 cm snow the other night and more is still to come. It will be a good new year filled with snowy adventures!

    Happy New Years Leanne and Rik!

    By Blogger Kootenay Mom and Dad, at 3:30 am  

  • Hi. how are you?
    Very Very thanks you last year.
    In addition, I think that bicycle, kayak, samisen are made together this year.
    Because I go out to Amakusa to play, please take it in various ways again.
    Be mature age for two people for 2009 years

    takaaki nisikawa from yatusiro

    By Anonymous nisikawa, at 3:05 am  

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