Sunday, February 24, 2013

DRIFT ICE IN HOKKAIDO

Drift ice in the Sea of Okhotsk is one of Hokkaido's winter attractions.  I went to Hokkaido as a member of group tour for 3 days.

This is the drift ice. I saw the drift ice for the first time on the way to Oshinkoshin Falls.
 
オシンコシンの滝に行く途中に見た流氷です。
 
 
 
Oshinkoshin Falls.
 
オシンコシンの滝です。
 
 
I saw a male wild deer near the Falls.
 
野生の鹿が滝の近くにいました。
 
 
Utoro seashore. This seashore was covered with the drift ice completely.
 
ウトロの海は流氷で覆われていました
 
 
 
Utoro harbour was also covered with the drift ice. I took this photo from the hotel's room.
 
ホテルの部屋から見たウトロ港の流氷です。
 
 
 
The second day. We got on this ice breaker ship named Aurora.
 
砕氷船オーロラ号です。
 
 
This ship started from Anashiri harbour.
 
網走港から出港です。
 
 
 
About 10 minitues after, we encountered the drift ice.
 
約10分後流氷に遭遇しました。
 
 
 
There was a sea eagle just on the drift ice.
 
オオワシが流氷にとまっていました。
 
 
The drift ice.
 
流氷です。
 
Then,we went to Drift ice cape.There were many rocks of ice.
 
流氷岬の光景です。
 
 
Drift ice cape too.
 
流氷岬です。
 
 
The third day. We got on anothe ice breaker ship,named Garinko from Monbetu harbour.
 
紋別港から乗ったガリンコ号です。
 
 
5 minutes after,we encountered drift ice.
 
約5分後に流氷に遭遇しました。
 
 
This ship breaked the drift ice.
 
ガリンコ号が砕いた流氷です。
 
 
A wake behind the ship.
 
ガリンコ号の航跡です。
 
 
Then we went back to Tokyo from Monbetu air port. We could see the drift ice from the airplane.
 
紋別空港からジェット機に乗りました。空の上からの流氷です。
 
 
 

From the airplane too.
 
ジェット機の翼も見えます。
 
 
The airplane was above the clouds,we could see the drift ice even then.
 
雲の上からも流氷が見えました。
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

55 comments:

  1. Wow! What an experience!

    Looks very cold, though. ;)

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    1. Dear lina.
      Thank you. It was not so cold. Because There were almost no winds.

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  2. Wow! is right ~ what a journey ~ excellent photography ~ ^_^

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      Thank you very much for your comment.

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      Thank you very much for your comment.

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  4. Quite a contrast from your last post! It looks like fun to be on board an ice breaker.

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    1. Dear Pat.
      Thank you. I was a little bit tired,because it took a few hours to go there.

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  5. I can only repeat earlier comments: Wow! Awesome! Cold!

    I think, all in all, I prefer the temperatures in the high 30s that I enjoyed in sunny South Africa! ;)

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    1. Hi! It was not so cold in Hokkaido. Because there were almost no strong winds in East Hokkaido.

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  6. Hi! It was not so cold in East Hokkaido. Because there were no winds there.

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  7. オーロラ号、ガリンコ号にジェット機とは盛りだくさんのコースですね。自己手配でこれだけ行動的に廻るのは難しいと思いますが、さすがツアーです。黒くて大きな鹿は、角も立派だし奈良公園の鹿と比べると、まるで違いますね。さすが野生の迫力を感じさせます。いい写真ばかりですが、オーロラ号の船首から撮った、流氷やオオワシに1票です。

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    1. 弘世旅空様
       こんばんは。3日間とも流氷を見られる事は稀なそうです。幸運を使い果たしたかも知れません。
       ご指摘の写真は流氷に留っているオオワシも撮ったのですがあまりよく無いので飛び立つ所をアップロードしました。オオワシに焦点を合わせましたが遠いので、それなりに写りました。
       ハイキーの写真はヒストグラムが役立ちました。

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  8. Interesting series of shots... being on the ice-breaker must have been thrilling... Thank you for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #71!

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    1.  Dear Madge.
      Thank you very much for your comment.

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      Thank you very much for your comment.

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  11. This is amazing. I love all the ice and the deer! What an awesome tour to experience. Thanks for sharing the photos!

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    1. Dear Christine.
      Thank you very much for your comment.

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  12. I can't even begin to imagine the vastness of this ice! Stunning images and wonderful story!

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      Thank you very much for your comment.

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  13. Brrrrr, Minoru!!
    Looks almost as cold as it's been here. :-)
    What a great adventure this must have been.
    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful photographs here.
    Have a great evening!

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    1. Dear Lisa.
      Thank you. When I was in Hokkaido,there were almost no winds so it was not so cold for me.
      I wisg you have a nice week ahead.

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  14. How beautiful - what lovely shots!

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      Thank you very much for your comment.

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  15. This is part of the world I have wanted to visit for a number of years - one day perhaps I get there!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. Dear Stewart M.
      Thank you. It is said this drift ice will not come to Japan in ten years,because of global warming.
      I advice you to come to Hokkaido as soon as possible if you can.

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  16. なんと雄大な景色なのでしょう!!日本であるのが不思議なくらいです。
    国土は小さいけれど北から南に、本当にさまざまなバラエティーに富んだ国であることを実感しました。とても美しいお写真です!
    keiko

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    1. Dear snowwhite.
      おはようございます。いよいよ行く所が無くなって来まして、こんな所も行きました。
       晴天に恵まれて流氷も見る事が出来てラッキーでした。

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  17. Great tour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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    1.  Dear Gary.
      Thank you very much for your comment.

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  18. I am seeing this for the first time! Looks wonderful. To be on a boat with all the ice around you must be a nice feeling. Loved the airplane shots too.
    Have a good week ahead Minoru :)

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    1. Dear Arti.
      Thank you. I feel happy you like my photos.
      Wishing you a wonderful day.

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  19. This looks like quite an adventure!!

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    1. Dear amada.
      Thank you very much for your comment.

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  20. You and I had similar snow and ice adventures :) Great to see another part of the world that has it too.

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    1. Dear Sarah.
      Thank you. It was very pleasant tour.
      Wishing you a wonderful day.

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  21. Hi Minoru!
    The photos are pretty but it must have been so cold! I especially love the one you took from your hotel room, it's a fabulous shot of the harbor.
    Stay warm. I hope spring comes soon for you.

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    1. Dear geetlee.
      Thank you. It was no so cold,because there were almost no winds when we were there.
      Wishing you a wonderful day.

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  22. That was an interesting series of photos. I've never seen drift ice before, it must have been an amazing trip!

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      Thank you very much for your comment.

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  23. Minoru, I'm so sorry I missed Japan in my list of places I have WCW visiting from ... you have been a faithful follower for a while now and I just love your pictures of a place I'm not sure I'll ever be able to visit. I love your deer picture and the ice flows are spectacular. Thanks so much for joining Walk and Click Wednesdays!!

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    1. Dear Lissa.
      Thank you. I feel happy you like my photos.

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  24. 行ってみたいですが、お写真を拝見しただけで、ブルっときました。昔はスキーなんかも行ったものですが。
    海が真っ白になって流氷の音だけが聞こえるのでしょうか。異次元の世界なんでしょうね。Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Dear Sarah.
      こんばんは。私も子供を連れてニセコによくスキーに行きました。雄大さと雪質の良さに感激しました。
       今回はとても寒いと予想していましたが、風がほとんど無く、割と暖かでした。
       流氷の音は聞こえませんでしたが、初めて見た時は感動しました。

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  25. Wow! Neat pictures. I love seeing that wild deer.

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      Thank you very much for your comment.

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  26. It looks like you had a wonderful time on this adventure!

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      Thank you very much for your comment.

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  27. Such an amazing photos of the ice, it sounds like a fantastic walk

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      Thank you very much for your comment.

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  28. A good experience frost :))
    I've never seen so much ice
    Thanks for sharing :))
    a hug.

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    1. Dear Laura.
      Thank you. It's my first experience too.
      Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

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