Sunday, 14 June 2009

More Magic Forest

Hard to imagine a more fantastic place, even if you tried to design one.

Walking through a tree

The wood of these trees is much lighter and softer than it appears at first. I suppose that's why they can still stand up confidently with these eroded bases.

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Jomonsugi -oldest tree?

Is this the oldest tree in the world? The exact age is unknown because of a rotten core but it is estimated to be between 2100-7300 years old.

Friday, 12 June 2009

Yakushima -More River Images

You can see just how big the stones are when comparing to the tree on the right. That river must be mightily violent at times!!!

Sakurajima from the sea

I'm not sure if it actually is Sakurajima. Maybe it's the one behind?

Yakushima by the river

It is such a quiet place at night! The only thing you can hear are the crabs crawling on rocks. So different from the rest of Japan...

Yakushima -Magic Forest

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Yakushima -River

This is in fact the path you walk to get into the forest. I suppose you just can't go in if it rains heavily.

Wednesday, 10 June 2009


Sakurajima, one of Japan's most active volcanoes. It lies inside the larger 20km Aira caldera. This lavafield is from the 1914 eruption.


Quite possibly the most beautiful place on earth as far as I'm concerned.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009


Now this is what erosion looks like. :)

The larger boulders are shed-sized. The granite contains numerous orthoclase megacrysts (quite distinctive looking rock when you get closer to it)