A temple scene at Toshogu Temple outside Nikko, north of Tokyo. Taken in February 2011, just a few weeks before the huge earthquake, tsunami & nuclear accident at Fukushima. By then (March 2011) I was safely back in Korea. I liked the resemblance of these stone pillar lanterns to flowers, with the effect enhanced by the snow, which also heightened the graphic appearance here. Shot almost entirely in deep shadow beneath a grove of towering pine and cedar trees, one of which can be seen top left. Hence the slight blue cast.
From Wikitravel: "Tōshōgū (東照宮). Apr-Oct 8AM-4:30PM, Nov-Mar 8AM-3:30PM. The burial place of dynasty founder Tokugawa Ieyasu and the most extravagant of the lot. Ieyasu was buried here immediately after his death, but the present complex was only built in 1634 on the order of his grandson Iemitsu. The shrine took 2 years to complete with the efforts of 15,000 workers. edit
After two flights of steps you will reach the Sacred Stable, housing a white horse. The most famous symbol here is the carving of the three wise monkeys, who "hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil". They're part of a curious series of carvings about the life cycle of a monkey, from giddy childhood to fearful old age. Nearby, you can also find an interesting approximation of an elephant, carved by an artist who had clearly never seen one."
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jhm (158950) 2013-06-07 2:55
This is not certainly that these image still are on these place, after the tsunami and nuclear accident.
Real a very quiet picture exactly more a cemetery with these special statues.
A nice winter picture, for us now middle of summer.
Excellent composition, nice captured good presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
snunney (105543) 2013-06-07 3:41
A well framed graphical composition. It seems to have a slight blue cast, but this is not unpleasant and complements the subject well.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-06-07 3:41
a simple but very effective image this. Tantalisingly cropped so that we are intrigued and want to see more. Executed and presented perfectly.
Have a great weekend - Brian.
Sergiom (87213) 2013-06-07 4:40
Quelle bonne idée que de photographier ces structures de ciment recouvertes de neige. L'ensemble est à la fois lumineux et sombre et offre un beau graphisme.
Nicou (149822) 2013-06-07 7:21
Quelle compo et vue avec la niege blanche sur ces éléement blanc sueprbe cpatage et cue mervielleuse compo.
bravo et amitié
Silvio1953 (151665) 2013-06-07 14:52
Ciao Chris, great POV on fantastic stone flowers, fine details, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
jjcordier (79297) 2013-06-07 22:31
La petite couche de neige donne une vision étonnante de ces piliers qui ressemblent à des fleurs d'hiver.
jemaflor (102261) 2013-06-08 7:55
original result, good idea for a sht, good angle to taken these white flowers, a bit cold.
Miguel82 (27730) 2013-06-12 1:36
Nice view of these small pillars covered with snow
Instructive photo comment, excellent sharpness and colors
Have a nice day
- Copyright: Chris Jules (ChrisJ) (117201)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-02-03
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D 90, Polarizing Filter
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-06-07 2:48