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2014/10/11

Oze Tour by 27 Impressive Photos in Autumn 2014 - Autumn Colors and Early Arrival of Silvery White

Signboard of Oze National Park at Sanpeitouge

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/1.4, 1/200 sec, ISO-100)

Vast and Various Nature of Oze

For those who want to forget city's busy life and enjoy vast and various nature, Oze National Park must be one of the best choices. You can find various geographical features such as mountains, rivers, ponds, marshlands and valleys in one place. The air is refreshing and flowers are beautiful. Morning mists and evening mists create spectacular views.

And especially in autumn, Oze National Park enjoys people in two kinds of autumn colors. One is a sea of golden grass spreading through the entire marshlands. The other is red, yellow and orange leaves surrounding the marshlands. Both of them are authentically beautiful, and invite tens of thousands of people from all around Japan.

Oze National Park is designated as a special natural treasure. In order to protect and sustain the precious environment, they are making unbelievable efforts.

  1. To set up wooden paths not to leave even footprints
  2. To use highly-qualified sewage treatment and bring rubbish to cities by helicopters
  3. To ask visitors to bring all their rubbish with them while ordering not to bring any pieces of Oze's nature

This is why Oze is often referred to as a symbol of Japan's conservation of nature. Now, let's see how Oze looks like in autumn 2014 through 27 impressive photos!

 

Walking at Oze National Park on Perfectly Sunny Day

 

1. Japanese Pampas Grass with the background of Mt. Kinunuma

Japanese pampas grass at Sanpeitouge

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/1.4, 1/1000 sec, ISO-100)

Let's start walking from Oshimizu, a starting point located in the southern east of Oze. A perfectly clear sky lets you expect something awesome here.

 

2. Warm and Refreshing Mountain Path to Ozenuma Pond

Refreshing path at Oze National Park

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/1.4, 1/640 sec, ISO-100)

This is a path from Oshimizu to Ozenuma Pond, one of the main touring spots of Oze National Park. Warm sunlight is so refreshing.

 

3. Common Wooden Path of Oze

Wooden path at Oze National Park

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/1.4, 1/800 sec, ISO-100)

You will find wooden paths like this throughout Oze National Park. It is easy to walk on, and helps you to sustain the environment.

 

4. Wooden Stairs are Also Available

Wooden stairs at Oze National Park

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/1.4, 1/500 sec, ISO-100)

Some of the wooden paths are replaced by stairs like this. You will like this, too.

 

Once You Look Up, You will See Full of Autumn Colors

 

5. Autumn Colors over Trail

Autumn colors path at Oze National Park

Canon EOS 6D, Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 IIDG HSM (24mm, f/8, 1/40 sec, ISO-100)

If you go your way to Ozenuma Pond, these autumn colors suddenly appear and enjoy you for long.

 

6. Sunlight and the Autumn Colors

Autumn colors and sunshine at Oze National Park

Canon EOS 6D, Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 IIDG HSM (24mm, f/5.6, 1/50 sec, ISO-100)

You will feel as if you were purified only by being here.

 

7. Autumn Colors held by a Big White Trunk

Big tree of autumn colors at Oze National Park

Canon EOS 6D, Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 IIDG HSM (24mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec, ISO-100)

This big tree with autumn colors will surely amaze you while passing it.

 

8. Autumn Colors Spread All Over Your View

Full of autumn colors at Oze National Park

Canon EOS 6D, Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 IIDG HSM (12mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec, ISO-100)

I went to Mt. Senjougatake to see autumn colors 2 weeks ago. And the autumn colors were mainly yellow there. But here, the main color is orange! So vivid and attractive.

23 Impressive Views of Mt. Senjougatake – Mountain with Autumn Colors and Skyful of Stars

 

Ozenuma Pond Welcomes You After Enjoying Autumn Colors

 

9. Whole View of Ozenuma Pond

Magnificent view of Ozenuma Pond

Canon EOS 6D, Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 IIDG HSM (24mm, f/5.6, 1/20 sec, ISO-100)

After enjoying autumn colors, you will see Ozenuma Pond, which looks unbelievably blue in sunny days.

 

10. Water is Mysteriously Blue

Ozenuma Pond looked deep in blue

Canon EOS 6D, Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (90mm, f/2.8, 1/640 sec, ISO-100)

The water of Ozenuma Pond was mysteriously blue. You will realize that everything around the pond looks a little bluish while walking here. So lovely.

 

11. East Side of Ozenuma Pond was Full of Golden Grass

East side of Ozenuma Pond

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/1.4, 1/2000 sec, ISO-100)

You might think that a sea of golden grass was only available in Ozegahara Marshland. But in the east side of Ozenuma Pond, it was.

 

12. A Sea of Golden Grass in the Sunset Time

Sea of golden grass along Ozenuma Pond

Canon EOS 6D, Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (90mm, f/2.8, 1/200 sec, ISO-100)

It was about to be the sunset time. Once you looked back at the east, a sea of golden grass was shining thanks to strong light from the sunset.

 

13. Sunset into Ozenuma Pond

Sunset from Ozenuma Pond

Canon EOS 6D, Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (90mm, f/11, 1/640 sec, ISO-100)

Now, the sun is sinking into the mountain ridge. The pond was reflecting the light and created the orange lines.

 

14. Dusk Creates the Awe-inspiring View

Sunset from Ozenuma Pond Right

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/8, 0.6 sec, ISO-100)

Even after the sun hided itself, its orange light decorated the sky and created awe-inspiring view. Now, you are going into the night time. But this is not the end. This is the start of fantastic time!

 

Oze is a Heaven of Starry Sky

 

15. Milky Way from Ozenuma Pond

Milky way from Ozenuma Pond

Canon EOS 6D, Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 IIDG HSM (12mm, f/4.5, 26.5 sec, ISO-25600)

I encountered the awesome milky way for the second time this month. I really love this. And I hope you love this, too.

By the way, I have one bad news and one good news to tell you. The bad news was that the moon appeared and the milky way disappeared soon. Some of the small stars also disappeared. The good new was that the moon was so bright that I could walk even without light! Let's see starscape of Oze lit by the bright moon.

 

16. Starscape of Ozenuma Pond

Nightscape of Ozenuma Pond

Canon EOS 6D, Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 IIDG HSM (24mm, f/5.6, 178.4 sec, ISO-1600)

Here's the starscape of Ozenuma Pond. It looked as if it were a scenery of mythology...

 

17. Uncountable Stars with Autumn Colors from Ozegahara Marshland

Starscape with autumn leaves at Ozegahara Marshland

Canon EOS 6D, Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 IIDG HSM (24mm, f/5.6, 103.1 sec, ISO-1600)

After walking from Ozenuma Pond to Ozegahara Marshland, uncountable stars welcome you with autumn colors. It was 2-hour-walk on the moutain trail. Even though this trail is relatively easier than the other trails, please note that you need to be very careful when you walk at night.

 

18. Starscape of Touden Oze Bridge

Nightscape of Touden Oze Bridge at Ozegahara Marshland

Canon EOS 6D, Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 IIDG HSM (17mm, f/5, 129.2 sec, ISO-1600)

Now, you are at Touden Oze Bridge. Stars, autumn colors, river and bridge... It is just gorgeous!

 

19. White Tree Stands High towards the Starry Sky

White Tree near Touden Oze Bridge at Ozegahara Marshland

Canon EOS 6D, Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 IIDG HSM (17mm, f/5, 118.3 sec, ISO-1600)

A white tree was standing high towards the starry sky. You will miss it forever...

 

20. Starscape Over Touden Hut

Nightscape of Touden Hut at Ozegahara Marshland

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/1.4, 14.8 sec, ISO-400)

There is a hut named Touden Hut. It is late at night so you can't enter it now. Maybe next time.

 

21. Nightscape of Yoppi Bridge

Nightscape of Yoppi Bridge at Ozegahara Marshland

Canon EOS 6D, Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 IIDG HSM (24mm, f/5.6, 105.3 sec, ISO-1600)

The last photo from this night walk was Yoppi Bridge. There was a faint mist in the sky, which created an wondrous atmosphere.

 

Severe Frost Invited an Early Arrival of Silvery White

 

22. Severe Frost on Maple Leaves

Severe frost makes maple leaves white at Ozegahara Marshland

Canon EOS 6D, Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (90mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec, ISO-250)

As soon as the sun appeared in the next morning, you will notice that the severe frost decorated the maple leaves. This is why many of the paths were sparkling by headlights at night.

 

23. Frost and Japanese Pampas Grass

Severe frost makes straw plants white in Ozegahara Marshland

Canon EOS 6D, Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (90mm, f/2.8, 1/80 sec, ISO-100)

Severe coldness of night and water from the marshlands seemed to have created this frost. Then, the frost must be seen in other places, too. You will find the beautiful combination of frost and Japanese pampas grass over there. It is an early arrival of silvery white.

 

24. A World of Silvery White

Severe frost makes ground white at Ozegahara Marshland

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/1.4, 1/1000 sec, ISO-100)

This was just amazing. There is a sea of silvery white grass. This beautiful frost seems to be available only this month as it starts to snow in November.

 

Going Back Home through Ozegahara Marshland, Missing Awesome Oze Memories

 

25. Trail of Ozegahara Marshland

Pond at Ozegahara Marshland

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/1.4, 1/4000 sec, ISO-100)

The sun rose up high. The frost disappeared. As you look around Ozegahara Marshland, many visitors are enjoying their hike under the bright sunshine.

 

26. Magnificent View of Ozegahara Marshland

Magnificent View of Ozegahara Marshland

Canon EOS 6D, Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 IIDG HSM (24mm, f/8, 1/100 sec, ISO-100)

It was sad to say that you now need to go back. Thanks for giving this wonderful moment, Oze.

 

27. P.S. You Must See Sanjou-no-taki Waterfall, too!

Sanjou-no-taki waterfall at Oze National Park

Canon EOS 6D, Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 IIDG HSM (24mm, f/22, 4 sec, ISO-100)

By the way, there is a waterfall called Sanjou-no-taki Waterfall in the north of Ozegahara Marshland. It takes around 1-2 hours on foot. It is huge and overwhelming with over 100m height. If you have enough time, please visit this awesome waterfall, too.

Refreshing sunlight, red yellow and orange leaves, sea of golden grass, blue pond, magnificent marshlands, starry sky, silvery white and huge waterfall. Vast and various nature is looking forward to meeting you!

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Takumi Nasuno. Tanagura Supporters' Ambassador (Official supporter of Tanagura Town of Fukushima Prefecture). A man who recommends TRIPLESSO just as he likes. A multi-language blogger for mainly nature photography. Currently I'm off from my main job (knowledge management and data analytics) and devoting myself to childcare for my newborn baby for half a year.
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