There's no reason not to enjoy snow in Niigata. My home is located in a village with little snow so I'm coming to Lake Hyoko. Lake Hyoko is one of the national natural treasures, and was designated as a precious wetland under Ramsar Convention.
It is, indeed, a small lake famous for friendly swans. And today, you will be surprised to see how friendly they are from the photos below.
There are hundreds of swans, and maybe thousands of ducks in Lake Hyoko. What a great number...
Swans and ducks are gathering here, waiting for people to feed them.
Actually, I do not like places like this because quite a few birds were screaming and shouting while too many people, too, were gathering in one place. It was crowded like a full train.
This is why I decided to go further. I started to walk to the east.
There were small ponds on the way. They've created this fantastic contrast of the white and the gray. They made me hold high expectations for the scenery over there.
Trees were growing from right in front of me to a distance. The black color of these stubborn trunks and branches has a good contrast with an unbroken expanse of snow.
There was a relatively large pond over there. There were no humans here.
But instead, swans were playing freely. This is a paradise of swans!
Two swans are thinking of landing onto a snowy ground.
Oh, it is now on the ground! I love this scene because the combination of the white snow and the white swan does symbolize winter very much.
It's opened its wings! The whole view is dominated by the white color.
By the way, I found this swan at the end. Is it a child of swan? The color of the beak is different.
I enjoyed this world of white very much. Bye bye, this beautiful lake, Hyoko. I will come here again.