Shirakawa-go (Shirakawa Village) is a World Cultural Heritage site since 1995 in the North-western part of Gifu Prefecture in Japan. Is is also located in the historical region known as “Hida” and it is also known as “Hida Shirakawa.” At the village there are 114 thatched roofs structures as well as a rice field and a river running through the town.
The colors and patterns of the salt evaporation ponds are caused by Micro-organisms combined with the seasonal changes and the salinity of the water. It’s rare to see the same tapestry of colors and designs every year.
You never know how to catch nature.
It’s often so unpredictable and mysterious.
But when you can it’s very rewarding.
Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge in San Jose
The summer heat wave
Created unusual colors
But the people suffered
Good often comes with bad
Weeks without rain
Ponds are drying
Days are longer
Spring in transit
A persimmon tree during the springtime
Alviso Slough Trail at the Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Alviso (San Jose) 1-2017
There were many rainy and gray days of January and February. It was good for our drought and agriculture but bad for flooding and landslides. Was it caused by global warming? Only the future will tell.
Patterns of nature
How are they made?
Is it circumstance?
The ultimate question
It takes a moment
While the heron waits
To catch a meal
Great Blue Heron
Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Alviso (San Jose)
Nature the artist
Creates and designs daily
Over & over again