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posted: December 28th, 2011
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This page begins and ends with December 26th and a trip to and climb of Mt. Takao (599 m = 1,965 ft) in search of Frost Flowers and also to see the sunset over Mt. Fuji. On this page you will also find a list of mountains which we climbed in 2011. Click on any thumbnail to begin.

Begin December 26th
  On Monday, December 26th, Kazuya had to work but I did not, so I went out to Mt. Takao to search for frost flowers and also to see if it was too late to be able to see "Diamond Fuji" - the 2 or 3 days when the sun sets directly behind Mt. Fuji. It WAS too late to witness "Diamond Fuji, but I took photos of the sunset anyway. The first photo in this row shows a bare tree at the entry way where one starts climbing Mt. Takao. I also found frost flowers - as you can see in the 2nd and 3rd photos - but it seems like there is not much moisture in the soil this year and they were quite small. If you go to the "Complete List Of All Photos" page HERE (will open in new window) and do a text search for "frost flowers" you will find photos which we took in December 2010, December 2009, December 2008, January 2008, January 2007 and December 2005. Alternately, you can use the "Google Search" box just below this text. These occur here in Japan on the stems of Keiskea japonica, in your country they may occur on a different plant. Knowledge of the formation of these amazing "flowers" is not well understood, but the best and most complete knowledge about them appears to be most concisely summarized HERE (will open in new window). Note that the ice is coming OUT OF a plant stem. A Google search for "Frost flowers" will give you more results than you want to look at. These things are SO AMAZING!
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  Here is one final frost flower photo. After I shot the frost flowers I went back to the summit of Mt. Takao and started taking setting sun photos. The first shot of the sun was taken at 3:29 PM. The 2nd shot was taken at 4:00 PM.
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  The first shot in this row was taken at 4:14 PM, the sun is starting to slide behind Mt. Fuji. The next shot was at 4:17 PM - the sun is kind of sliding down the right hand flank of Mt. Fuji - definitely too late in the season for Diamond Fuji. The 3rd shot was also taken at 4:17 PM - 20 seconds after the previous shot.
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  The first shot in this row was at 4:18 PM, as was the 2nd shot, but 43 seconds later. The 3rd shot was taken 7 seconds after the previous one - interesting clouds and shadows.
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  Now it's 4:19:06 PM at the time of the first shot. The next 2 shots - which make up this panorama - were taken at 4:20:00 and 4:20:09 respectively. The 3rd shot in this row was taken at 4:21:25 PM.
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  The first shot here is the same as the previous one, but it has been enhanced with Shadow Illuminator Pro to bring out some detail in the shadows. The next shot was at 4:22:54 PM and the 3rd shot was 4:23:53 PM.
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  The first shot in this row was taken at 4:25:14 PM and the 2nd one was at 4:25:46 PM.
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  These reddish-orange clouds were shot at 4:36:22 PM and the shot of the last few people remaining here to shoot the sun was taken at 4:38:31 PM. Quick review - the first shot was taken at 3:29 PM
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End December 26th, End December 2011's Photos, Begin Mountains Climbed
  Here you can find a list of all the mountains which we, or I alone, climbed during Calendar Year 2011. Note that 44 mountains were climbed during 2011 - although not 44 different ones. Numbers in parenthesis (e.g. #65) indicate the number of times that mountain has been climbed since I've been in Japan.

Mountains Climbed in 2011
No. Date Mountain Name Elev., Ft. Elev., M. Location
1 Mar-06-2011 Mt. Takao (#65) 1,965 599 Tokyo
2 Mar-06-2011 Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-yama (#23) 2,199 670 Tokyo
3 Mar-19-2011 Mt. Kagenobu-yama (#7) 2,385 727 Tokyo
4 Mar-19-2011 Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-yama (#24) 2,199 670 Tokyo
5 Apr-02-2011 Mt. Takao (#66) 1,965 599 Tokyo
6 Apr-02-2011 Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-yama (#25) 2,199 670 Tokyo
7 Apr-03-2011 Mt. Kagenobu-yama (#8) 2,385 727 Tokyo
8 Apr-03-2011 Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-yama (#26) 2,199 670 Tokyo
9 Apr-15-2011 Mt. Kakuda (#3) 1,580 482 Niigata Prefecture
10 Apr-17-2011 Sougaku Mtn. (#8) 2,480 756 Tokyo
11 Apr-17-2011 Iwatakeishi Mtn. (#8) 2,602 793 Tokyo
12 Apr-17-2011 Takamizu Mtn. (#8) 2,490 759 Tokyo
13 May-03-2011 Mt. Kurate 3,123 952 Niigata Prefecture
14 May-15-2011 Mt. Mitake (#29) 3,048 929 Tokyo
15 May-15-2011 Okunoin Peak (#3) 3,281 1,000 Tokyo
16 May-15-2011 Nabe-Wari Mtn. (#3) 3,556 1,084 Tokyo
17 May-15-2011 Ohtake Mtn. (#5) 4,155 1,267 Tokyo
18 Jun-12-2011 Mt. Takao (#67) 1,965 599 Tokyo
19 Jun-17-2011 Mt. Katakurdake 4,724 1,440 Akita Prefecture
20 Jun-17-2011 Amida-Ike 5,036 1,535 Akita Prefecture
21 Jun-17-2011 Mt. Yokodake 5,194 1,583 Akita Prefecture
22 Jun-17-2011 Mt. Yakemori 5,089 1,551 Akita Prefecture
23 Jun-18-2011 Mt. Yokodake (#2) 5,194 1,583 Akita Prefecture
24 Jun-18-2011 Mt. Onamedake 5,371 1,637 Akita Prefecture
25 Jun-24-2011 Mt. Mizugaki 7,317 2,230 Yamanashi Prefecture
26 Jul-03-2011 Mt. Mitake (#30) 3,048 929 Tokyo
27 Jul-08-2011 Mt. Ohtake (Sumondake) 4,699 1,432 Niigata Prefecture
28 Jul-08-2011 Mt. Aokumodake (Sumondake) 4,879 1,487 Niigata Prefecture
29 Jul-08-2011 Mt. Hakamadake (Sumondake) 5,043 1,537 Niigata Prefecture
30 Jul-16-2011 Mt. Shibutsu (#2) 7,310 2,228 Gunma Prefecture
31 Jul-16-2011 Mt. Koshibutsu (#2) 7,093 2,162 Gunma Prefecture
32 Aug-06-2011 Mt. Ubagatake (#2) 5,479 1,670 Yamagata Prefecture
33 Aug-06-2011 Mt. Gassan (#2) 6,509 1,984 Yamagata Prefecture
34 Aug-08-2011 Mt. Choukai (#3) 7,336 2,236 Yamagata Prefecture
35 Sep-10-2011 Mt. Mitake (#31) 3,048 929 Tokyo
36 Sep-10-2011 Hinode Mtn. (#13) 2,959 902 Tokyo
37 Sep-25-2011 Mt. Takao (#68) 1,965 599 Tokyo
38 Oct-28-2011 Mt. Takao (#69) 1,965 599 Tokyo
39 Oct-28-2011 Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-yama (#27) 2,199 670 Tokyo
40 Nov-05-2011 Mt. Mitake (#32) 3,048 929 Tokyo
41 Nov-05-2011 Hinode Mtn. (#14) 2,959 902 Tokyo
42 Dec-04-2011 Mt. Takao (#70) 1,965 599 Tokyo
43 Dec-04-2011 Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-yama (#28) 2,199 670 Tokyo
44 Dec-26-2011 Mt. Takao (#71) 1,965 599 Tokyo

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End Mountains Climbed, Begin Miscellaneous Material
  Here are links to separate web pages - all of them will open in a new window (or new tab). The first link shows some photos of our DVD Collection, an AVI Movie of our Home Theater System and 9 photos of our Sharp Aquos TV. The 2nd link shows our entire DVD collection in DVD Profiler (if you're asking yourself what might be good to rent for the weekend). The DVD's will be sorted by date purchased. You can click on the "Title" Column to sort that way if you desire. The 3rd link shows our entire DVD collection in php DVD Profiler, which is much more sophisticated than the plain vanilla DVD Profiler just above it. The 4th link takes you to a set of pages which show you the FRONT cover-art of our entire DVD collection.

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Here is the front and rear cover of Daniel & Kazuya's Outdoor Photography of Japan: Through the Seasons.
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We have a 2nd book which we'd also love you to buy. It is entitled "Some Violets of Eastern Japan - 2nd Edition". Here is a COMPLETE SAMPLE PDF file of this 118 page book (new window). Note that it is 6.75 MB in size!! I suggest that you right click on the link and select "Save Link As". Then after it's downloaded to your Hard Drive in a place where you can find it again, open it in Adobe Reader - version 9 or later (very important - it most likely will not open in a version earlier than 9). The best way to use Acrobat Reader to see what it really looks like is to choose "View", "Page Display", "Two-Up Continuous" and also "Show Cover Page During Two-Up" and that way you'll see it exactly as the book will appear in print (odd numbered pages on the right and even numbered pages on the left).


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