22nd to 23rd February: Hokkaido – Odaito

Please click on each image in this post to see them larger with a black background.  Because they are mainly nighttime shots they look better this way.

Late in the afternoon, we arrived at Odaito, a small township on Notsuke Bay, on the other side of the bay from the Notsuke Peninsula.  This is behind our hotel, in the fading light.

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This panorama is from a similar position at around the same time.

Next morning, we rose before dawn again and traveled to a nearby elevated viewpoint, aiming to see a rare distorted sun rising over the ice and the sea.  The weather didn’t cooperate for this though and we didn’t even see a sunrise.  However, I found the views quite magical with the fishing boats far out on the Okhotsk Sea with their lights on for attracting fish as well as for navigating.  These are very distant views, taken with the equivalent of a 900mm lens.

There were other fishing boats on their way out.  They are still two or three kilometres away, on the other side of the Notsuke Bay and the Notsuke Peninsula is behind them.

The light levels were very low and it was foggy, giving rise to images that are perhaps reminiscent of pointillist impressionist paintings.

And here are a couple of the newer arrivals, sailing past in front of the ones already fishing out in the Okhotsk Sea.

Whooper swans and ducks, water and ice

We returned to the hotel for breakfast.  I was able to get this image at the back of the hotel before we left.

7 comments on “22nd to 23rd February: Hokkaido – Odaito

  1. […] 22nd to 23rd February: Hokkaido – Odaito […]


  2. Amazing photographs! I think prints of these pics are ideal to feng shui one’s home!


    • Murray Foote says:

      Thanks very much, Ruth!

      Actually, I have just finished an all-night printing session for an exhibition whose effective submission date was not what I thought. These images weren’t among them partly because I had to submit what my entries would be some weeks ago. You could be right about printing them, I’ll have to think about that.


  3. Joe Labriola says:

    I could use a little of this chill right about now


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