Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A crisp and snowy walk through Nara Park

General Frost 冬将軍 gripped Japan last week.
The winter climate of  the Western Japan is usually mild
but  his attack was more intense than the one in January.

Snowfall is a rare present from heaven in Nara. 
If it snows, it’s unlikely to stay on the ground for long.
I treasured this special opportunity to take pictures of snowy Nara Park.

Deer suffer shortage of foods in winter,
especially so when the ground is covered with snow.
Some of them try to reach to the leaves, jumping and standing on their hind legs.

This is the place where people appreciate beauty in silence.

A maple leaf was hanging in there adding color.

Blossoms of “Ume”, or Japanese apricot, floral harbinger of spring, were iced.
It is interesting to see representations of different seasons intertwined.

“Kan-zakura” is winter-blooming species of cherry blossoms which blooms in February.

The colorful oil painting of autumn turned into monochromatic Indian painting.

Yoshiki River
Buddha Hall of Todai-ji Temple
It felt so cold though I was bundled in the coat
armed with breath-thermo water-repelling pants and snowboots.
I heard the footsteps of Spring, however, in the midst of the snow.

See you!


  1. Wonderful shots of snow, ice and wildlife. I really enjoyed this post.

  2. 奈良公園の雪景色、独特の風景ですね。寒さにめげない雪の中の鹿たちの姿は、けなげで感動します。

  3. What a beautiful sharing of the deer in Winter. I would love to feed them again when they are hungry.
    I just flew home from Sapporo yesterday and I should visit Nara again next Winter! I love the deers there.

  4. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous! I am having arthritis pain today and your photos are very soothing! Thank you so much for sharing.

  5. Like in a fairy-tale. Very beautiful!

  6. Thank you very much Yoko, for this marvel of images. I love Kan-zakura is very cute despite the cold. Near here we have the National Park of Monfragüe, where the animals live in full freedom and it is a pleasure to see them.
    Good tuesday my friend.

  7. Dear Yoko - Winter has caste her special magic over your beautiful landscape in Nara Park - I wonder if the snow will damage the lovely blossom?

  8. A pure delight to see those gorgeous photos of Nara's Park !
    Thanks for sharing !
    Have a cozy day !

  9. What wonderful pictures of this unusual sight. The "Autumn Scene, now Winter Scene", particularly pleased me because in the monochrome there were faint touches of colour which showed that life is still there even though the scene is apparently so cold and frigid. That is also a particularly delicate pictures, with so many shades of grey. The poor deer in the last picture looks rather damp. I hope it gathered together with the other deer under the trees by the lanterns where they can keep each other company.

  10. Boa tarde, maravilhosa selecção de belas fotos que mostram na perfeição o belo loca para ser apreciado em silencio.

  11. What beautiful photos! We have long, hard winters here in southeastern Alberta, so we often have deer coming to our yard in search of the fruit on our ornamental crabapple tree. In the spring, when all the lower branches have been cleared of fruit by the deer, we see birds in the higher branches, eating the fruit which has been there for almost a year. Some of the fruit is fermented, and we've seen a few appear to be intoxicated.
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  12. I shivered a little seeing the cool scenes and can relate to the unexpected wintry weather. It happened in my part of the world too and is just now starting to thaw. The snow and ice do create beautiful art forms, however, for the enjoyment of pictures takers like you and me. :)

  13. You have a stunning collection of exquisite photographs. Absolutely gorgeous.
    We have deer visiting land around our house here in Bonnie Scotland, but I've never been able to get as close as you. Beautiful winter scenes. Thank you for sharing them :D

  14. こんばんは。雪の奈良も素敵ですね。寒くてもこんな風景は良いですね。 私たちも4月に吉野と奈良へ行く予定です。奈良では、奈良ホテルを予約しました。

  15. Wow wow wow! These shots are breathtaking!

  16. So beautiful.
    That maple leaf, burst of color among a snowy realm is lovely.
    I am so glad you were able to get out and enjoy it, since it does not last long.
    The world truly is different under a cloak of snow.

  17. Dear Yoko!!!!!
    Your pictures are absolutely perfect.
    With great joy I see the deer that live in the Park Nara.
    I love deer, this is so wonderful animals.
    Thank you remember me and visit my blog.
    Kisses and greetings

  18. Αγαπημένη μου φίλη
    Τι ποιητικές φωτογραφίες μας χαρίζεις! Χαριτωμένα ελάφια, οι υπέροχες ροζ κερασιές!
    Σου στέλνω μια μεγάλη αγκαλιά για όλη την οικογένεια σου!

  19. Dear Yoko,
    These pictures surpass all before. Just incredible! I loved the walk in snowy Nara, almost feeling the touch of snowflakes and washed petals.
    With gratitude and warm wishes,

  20. Poor Deer,snowed in. Great photos Yoko.

  21. yoko,
    prachtige foto,s laat je hier zien ,in winterse kou.
    mooi een blad alleen aan de boom
    en prachtige bloesem....
    de dieren wachten op de lente.
    Groetjes Christiene

    beautiful photo's showing you here,in winter cold.
    nice only a leaf on the tree,
    and beautiful blossom ....
    the animals waiting for spring.
    Greetings Christiene.

  22. I do believe that Nara Park has become one of my favorite places in the whole world! Thank you for sharing these exquisite photographs. The deer are precious and one can't help by feel for them as they try to find enough food to survive. Your floral photos, so filled with light and color, brighten my day.

    Thank you very much for all your comments. I'm in process of breaking from blogging for tends to consume my life so I'm taking it back. But I'll probably be back at some point.

    Hope that all is well with you and your family! Enjoy each day. Love greatly.

  23. 冬は冬。 季節折々の楽しみ方があっていいですね。

     雪降れば 冬ごもりせる 草も木も  春に知られぬ 花ぞ咲きける

  24. It certainly looks pretty. I love when the snow covers the trees. Here we have had very mild weather for February. Yesterday it went as high as 8°C which is unusual for February. We are used to the cold so we have the clothing we need to stay warm when we go out. Stay warm!

  25. Hello Yoko!
    Once again it is such a pleasure to have a fantastic wintry walk in this park. I remembered the post with autumn reflections and so gorgeous falling red leaves all over; an impressionism scenery kind of... So, so lovely!
    I love the snowfall and these gentle deers...It must be so peaceful, so relaxing to watch them in their habitat, in what you called that people "appreciate beauty in silence"...
    Your pictures are fabulous! I imagine how wonderful it must be in the park!
    Many thanks for sharing them with us and have a great day and week, too! best regards!

  26. That maple leaf against the white backdrop is lovely as are the chilled blossoms. In the second photo, I was surprised that the deer seem to be eating from the evergreen needles. Our deer don't eat the evergreens though our snow is very deep and their food supply is limited. I'm not sure how they manage to survive our long winters. I liked seeing your white world in Nara, Yoko.

  27. Beautiful photos! Especially of the deer trying to reach the leaves on the trees. Snow is beautiful, but I am ready for spring weather. It has been warm and sunny yesterday and today it is raining and the snow is melting, but I don not think that winter is over yet.... we will have more cold weather and snow soon!

  28. Beautiful photos! Especially of the deer trying to reach the leaves on the trees. Snow is beautiful, but I am ready for spring weather. It has been warm and sunny yesterday and today it is raining and the snow is melting, but I don not think that winter is over yet.... we will have more cold weather and snow soon!

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  30. The snow is not far, here like there. Today it appears to the mountains and brings his chill breath up to the village. To contemplate your images brings serenity and hope. I feel happy on having done this visit to you. Maybe because, contemplating these most beautiful images and reading your brief but intense comments and as your countryman was saying: " Beautiful snowflakes of snow. They do not fall down anywhere ever ".

  31. Yoko, olá! Espero que toda a família esteja bem, com saúde e alegria.
    As fotos estão incríveis e o que mais gostei, foi saber que há silêncio, mesmo com o movimento de pessoas e animais. Isso é um privilégio, nos dias de hoje!
    A foto com a folha de plátano em destaque, pela cor, está maravilhosa.

  32. thanks for sharing these wonderful photographs, japan is such a b'ful place!!


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