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This is part of the Kushiro Marsh in Hokkaido, the north most island of Japan. The bright areas are simply breaks in the cloud. The photo was taken from the "number two viewpoint"; one of the few places from which to get a birds eye view of the marsh which covers 17km east to west, and 36km north to south. The biggest marsh in Japan.

I should mention that I used a polarizer to remove the glare from the water and bring out the greens. I also have a version with the polarizer turned 90 degrees, with the water like a silver streak as opposed to black. However, the greens are also not so saturated, so I prefer this.

This area is home to the Japanese crane, or Tanchouzuru, providing a beautiful site with their mating dance on the snow in spring. I hope to go back one day to capture this site. For this trip the only site I got was in a reserve.

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