Saturday, July 21, 2007

A walk on the hillside

A mega typhoon hit our shores about a week ago...

Shikoku, especially Kagawa Prefecture, where I live, has always been inflicted with a shortage of water supply...

The authorities were furiously trying to urge the inhabitants to conserve water as the reserves dipped dangerously at the 15% level...

We were, in other words, almost gasping for rain to fall...

Then came Typhoon Number Four...

The winds slammed our walls... blew our persimmons off the trees... ripped the leaves off the bitter gourds... and tore off a large branch of our wild sakura tree...

The winds and rains scrapped almost throughout the Japanese archipelago, bringing deaths and destruction...

And it filled our water reserves to a full 100% in just a matter of two days...

The morning after was a Sunday... and my sweetheart invited me for a walk in the hills...

She of course, go for walks almost daily along this path...

And I could not turn down a good offer...


So, with camera in hand, I caught this ivy colony clinging on the rock walls just minutes from our home... the fresh greens looked so crisp...


Further up the hills lay a forest of pine trees... I could just stand there, gazing.. and letting my imagination roam free...


Some steps away from the forest is this view of our humble little house in red...
The Japan Inland Sea was still pretty choppy and ships were not a-plenty...


An Iranian family has a second house up in the hills... I sneaked into his garden to steal this shot of an artichoke (sp?) bloom... this one was a little smaller than my clenched fist... and it looked so pretty...


Was surprised as my sweetheart introduced me to this beauty of a, probably wild black berry...
Took a bite at one of the ripe ones and the taste? Somewhat sweetish and sourish...

Note: Yours truly is slated to shoot to Canada (Prince George, Edmonton, and Calgary) on 23rd July, Monday... woooh, am looking forward to this visit as it will be my first time to step foot on these lands...