I'm coming to Okutama again to see a frozen waterfall of Tokyo! It has been about two months since I visited here last autumn.
It is just a miracle to have a wonderful trip as this. I had scheduled to carry out this trip today at the very beginning of this month, and it turned out yesterday that we had plenty of snow in Tokyo - not only in Okutama but also in the center of Tokyo. But to my surprise, the weather turned into the perfectly clear sky, which resulted in the fabulous combination of the white snow and the blue sky.
The cedar trees were standing high towards the sky, which was quite different from those in autumn or summer.
What amazed me the most is this diamond dust over the mountains. The wind blew, and the pieces of snow flew over the sky. The strong sunlight added the final spice to each piece.
Once you pay your attention to the air right in front of you, you will definitely find the diamond dust at the very close point. I can't believe that this is Tokyo...
The contrast of the blue sky and the white branches is authentically beautiful.
Now, I am at the entrance of the mountain trail to Hyakuhiro-no-taki Waterfall. I attached light crampons to my shoes and started walking again.
I walked through the snowy trail. Some of the locations were frozen under the snow and quite slippery.
This atmosphere must relax your heart and soul, but at least the severe coldness will hurt your body, though.
After one-hour walk from the entrance, I finally arrived at the goal, Hyakuhiro-no-taki Waterfall! Please examine how different the figure of the waterfall became after two months. It is pretty interesting to see the same thing in different seasons.
As it was a bit dangerous to walk with my camera in my arm, I didn't take the other photos on the way.
I shooted the waterfall vertically. The basin was filled with the snow and the ice. This image looks so wintry, haha.
By the way, I had the biggest trouble in my photography life. I climbed to the top of Mt. Kawanori later and took this photo with my smartphone because I DROPPED MY CAMERA INTO THE BASIN.
It was an amazing miracle that my camera worked well after my proper(?) treatment at home. If it had not worked again, I would have had to pay a large amount of money again. I thank God for giving me this miracle. I will write down the treatment later in another post.