water levels seemed to be a bit low outside the big river, so we headed
North to pick one off our list. It was in the Fukushima prefecture but
outside the danger zone of radiation.
We were having a slow start, so I killed time taking a few more images
at the shrine.
Mountains. Much larger than I expected. A ten mile tunnel straight
through them made the drive faster than expected.
Well not exactly an exotic bird is it?
A little more driving and it looks like we've found something good.
good looking ~40 foot
waterfall. Plus some nice lead in drops from 5-10 feet high. The stoke
is high. Except downstream the canyon vanishes into a deep dark crack.
Quite a crack. In fact too tight to fit a kayak through. Ascending
sixty feet up to the railing is possible but would be an immense amount
of work. The boys head upstream to check for put-in access while Cody
and I look for an egress route. A steep ravine leads to the river, so
we head down to check it out.
Cody Howard at the bottom
of the ravine.
In the bottom of the
canyon we can't see
what happens below the falls, as the river makes a large s-turn.
I needed a bath anyways, and swim across and reconnoiter the exit.
Things look good, and the mission is a go. It's too late in the day
now. We drive up the highway and camp roadside.
Nikon D700, Samyang 14mm f/2.8 @ 15" f/4 ISO 800
Why fifteen seconds and still ISO 800? Pushing the ISO helped pick up
the ambient light, so Japan had depth behind it not just a black