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This is Page 3 of 3 - the best of December 2013!
posted: December 31st, 2013
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This page begins with Christmas Day, December 25th, and my 101st climb of Mt. Takao and 45th climb of Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-yama. Kazuya had to work so I went alone - in search of Frost Flowers on the Keiskea japonica dead stems. They were not so plentiful, nor so big yet. You'll also find the annual "List of Mountains Climbed During 2013" as well as the elevation graph down below the final photo. Click on any thumbnail to begin.

Begin December 25th
  On December 25th, Christmas Day, Kazuya had to work so I went out and climbed Mt. Takao for the 101st time and Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-yama for the 45th time. I was specifically searching for Frost Flowers extruded from the stems of the Keiskea japonica plants. I found some, but they were few and they were also small. Here are 2 shots of them. The best we have ever seen and the best photos we have ever gotten were back on Christmas Day in 2010 and you can view those best photos HERE.
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Dec25_09_MtTakao_FrostFlowerFromDNGRC
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  Here are 2 more photos of Frost Flowers.
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  After photographing the Frost Flowers I continued on to Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-yama. I was thinking and hoping that maybe I could get a photo similar to THIS ONE, but I should have studied that photo before I left the house, because I could not recall the precise composition, so I ended up with something quite different. These 3 images in this row are all the same photo. The first one is the normal JPEG image that the camera saved by default. The 2nd image is a collage showing the previously mentioned photo and also the one I processed from the Digital Negative which I asked the camera to also save. Quite a difference, eh? The 3rd image is the same as the right hand photo shown in the collage.
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KobotokeShiroYamaRC
Dec25_14_MtKobotokeShiroYama_and_FromDNGRC
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Dec25_14_MtKobotokeShiroYamaFromDNG_ATRC
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  The first and third photos in this row are from the same Digital Negative, but processed differently. The center photo is a different one, but also processed from a Digital Negative.
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  Here are 2 more variations on processing from Digital Negative (same photo as 1st and 3rd in the row above). The 3rd image shows a collage of all 4 different processing attempts of the same photo so that you can easily get a feel for the differences.
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FromDNG1_AT_SIP_ACMultiplyRC
Dec25_19_MtKobotokeShiroYamaFromDNG1_AT_SIP_PSHDRRC
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Dec25_19_MtKobotokeShiroYamaFromDNG4VersionsRC
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YamaFromDNG4VersionsRC

  The first image in this row shows 4 different photos - 3 of them taken on different dates - which show the slide of the sun towards the south as "Diamond Fuji" day (December 21st - bottom 2 photos) approaches. The 2nd image is a 12 photo animation showing the sun setting behind Mt. Fuji on December 21st, 2013 ("Diamond Fuji"). Note how fast the clouds are moving in this animation, which spans only 2 minutes of time!
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DiamondFujiAnimation
End December 25th, End Page 3, End December 2013's Photos, Begin Mountains Climbed During 2013
  Here you can find a list of all the mountains which we, or I alone, climbed during Calendar Year 2013. Note that 48 mountains were climbed during 2013 - although not 48 different ones. Numbers in parenthesis (e.g. #87) indicate the number of times I have climbed that mountain since I've been in Japan. You might notice that we only climbed 7 new mountains during 2013.

Mountains Climbed During 2013
No. Date Mountain Name Elev., Ft. Elev., M. Location

1

Jan-12-2013 Mt. Takao (#87) 1,965 599 Tokyo, Takao Area

2

Jan-12-2013 Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-yama (#35) 2,199 670 Tokyo, Takao Area

3

Feb-03-2013 Mt. Takao (#88) 1,965 599 Tokyo, Takao Area

4

Feb-03-2013 Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-yama (#36) 2,199 670 Tokyo, Takao Area

5

Feb-23-2013 Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-yama (#37) 2,199 670 Tokyo, Takao Area

6

Mar-09-2013 Mt. Mimuro 2,119 646 Tokyo, Mitake Area

7

Mar-15-2013 Mt. Yaguradake 2,854 870 Kanagawa Prefecture

8

Mar-15-2013 Mt. Kintoki (Kintokiyama) 3,978 1,213 Shizuoka Prefecture

9

May-16-2013 Mt. Myojin (Myojingatake) 3,835 1,169 Kanagawa Prefecture

10

Mar-22-2013 Mt. Takao (#89) 1,965 599 Tokyo, Takao Area

11

Mar-23-2013 Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-yama (#38) 2,199 670 Tokyo, Takao Area

12

Apr-05-2013 Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-yama (#39) 2,199 670 Tokyo, Takao Area

13

Apr-05-2013 Mt. Kagenobu-yama (#10) 2,385 727 Tokyo, Takao Area

14

Apr-13-2013 Mt. Kakuda (#4) 1,580 482 Niigata Prefecture

15

Apr-26-2013 Mt. Kurotake (#4) 5,882 1,793 Yamanashi Prefecture

16

Apr-26-2013 Mt. Hafu (#4) 5,492 1,674 Yamanashi Prefecture

17

Apr-27-2013 Mt. Kiritou (Kiritouyama) 4,283 1,305 Nagano Prefecture

18

May-18-2013 Mt. Mitake (#35) 3,048 929 Tokyo, Mitake Area

19

May-18-2013 Mt. Hinode (#15) 2,959 902 Tokyo, Mitake Area

20

May-26-2013 Mt. Takao (#90) 1,965 599 Tokyo, Takao Area

21

May-26-2013 Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-yama (#40) 2,199 670 Tokyo, Takao Area

22

June-01-2013 Mt. Ooborayama 1,759 536 Tokyo, Takao Area

23

June-01-2013 Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-yama (#41) 2,199 670 Tokyo, Takao Area

24

June-02-2013 Mt. Takao (#91) 1,965 599 Tokyo, Takao Area

25

June-08-2013 Mt. Kurotake (#5) 5,882 1,793 Yamanashi Prefecture

26

June-08-2013 Mt. Hafu (#5) 5,492 1,674 Yamanashi Prefecture

27

June-09-2013 Mt. Kinashi (Kinashiyama) 5,682 1,732 Yamanashi Prefecture

28

June-09-2013 Mt. Mitsutouge (#3) 5,860 1,786 Yamanashi Prefecture

29

June-22-2013 Mt. Takao (#92) 1,965 599 Tokyo, Takao Area

30

July-05-2013 Mt. Norikuradake (#3) 7,994 2,437 Nagano Prefecture

31

July-06-2013 Mt. Korenge (#3) 9,075 2,766 Nagano Prefecture

32

July-06-2013 Mt. Shiroumadake (#3) 9,620 2,932 Nagano Prefecture

33

July-15-2013 Mt. Takao (#93) 1,965 599 Tokyo, Takao Area

34

July-15-2013 Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-yama (#42) 2,199 670 Tokyo, Takao Area

35

Aug-03-2013 Mt. Takao (#94) 1,965 599 Tokyo, Takao Area

36

Aug-03-2013 Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-yama (#43) 2,199 670 Tokyo, Takao Area

37

Aug-11-2013 Mt. Mitake (#36) 3,048 929 Tokyo, Mitake Area

38

Sep-20-2013 Mt. Takao (#95) 1,965 599 Tokyo, Takao Area

39

Sep-21-2013 Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-yama (#44) 2,199 670 Tokyo, Takao Area

40

Oct-14-2013 Mt. Takao (#96) 1,965 599 Tokyo, Takao Area

41

Nov-08-2013 Mt. Takao (#97) 1,965 599 Tokyo, Takao Area

42

Nov-23-2013 Mt. Mitake (#37) 3,048 929 Tokyo, Mitake Area

43

Nov-23-2013 Mt. Hinode (#16) 2,959 902 Tokyo, Mitake Area

44

Nov-30-2013 Mt. Takao (#98) 1,965 599 Tokyo, Takao Area

45

Dec-14-2013 Mt. Takao (#99) 1,965 599 Tokyo, Takao Area

46

Dec-21-2013 Mt. Takao (#100) 1,965 599 Tokyo, Takao Area

47

Dec-25-2013 Mt. Takao (#101) 1,965 599 Tokyo, Takao Area

48

Dec-25-2013 Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-yama (#45) 2,199 670 Tokyo, Takao Area

Mountains Climbed in Calendar Year 2013
End Mountains Climbed, Begin Miscellaneous Material
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