Blue Pond, Hokkaido


It might be difficult to imagine this frozen pond etched in solitude as a place frequented by many, yet in spring, summer, and autumn, the “blue pond” in Biei, Hokkaido, is a famous gathering spot for travelers the world over. I love it just as it is, in all its regal stillness. How magical it must have been for the photographer to capture this moment during the first snow of the season as it fell in hushed silence over the water.


Photograph by Kent Shiraishi
National Geographic




~ by eaesthete on 11/10/11.

4 Responses to “”

  1. Truly an amazing photo – and I don’t say that often. Well Done!

  2. Nature eclipses every single attempt we make to commodify, to patent, to control – by virtue of its magnitude and awe inspiring beauty.

    Thank you for reminding me that we are but a speck of sand in this exquisite cosmos.

  3. Dear One,
    Thank you for coming back. I kept checking and checking. And finally gave up, got a new computer and forgot how to find you. A random search for “Aesthete” got me here and I am so happy to find that you are back to writing here. There is something about this blog (if you can call it that) which draws me in….I learn from you. I just wanted you to know.

  4. What a spectacular photograph. I don’t get a sense that the color has been forced as is sometimes the case with color photography. It would be interesting to know how the angle was achieved – there are no telltale shadows in the picture.

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