DAY ON DAKE

FEBRUARY 2013

DAKE-YAMA

Hira Mountains, Shiga, Japan

On a crystal clear day at the end of winter we took to the snow.

Ankle deep and non-treacherous.

We climbed out in the Hira Mountains rising above the western shoreline of Lake Biwa.

There was a trail that looped up into the hills between train stations but we reigned in our ambitions and stuck to Dake-yama…dake.

omi takashima station

Snow at the station.

kuma-san?

Bear?!? at the trailhead.

jizoGods on the path.

light

Lantern on a rock.

ruins

Ruins on the way.

little hira

Snow on the mountains.

ground

Ground on the thaw.

boulders

Boulders on the climb.

relics

Relics on top.

view

View off East.

down

Heading on down.

shadows

Shade on snow.

 

 

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