2006/04/21

Afternoon at Lake Kitaura

The late afternoon sun over Lake Kitaura partially blinds my camera, but the image captures the feeling of the moment anyway. An airliner in the upper left of the picture heads for the airport in Narita. The clouds spread across the sky like the wings of a giant eagle soaring over the water. My camera batteries lose their charge after this shot. All telling me it's time for me to turn my bicycle for home.

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7 comments:

Happysurfer said...

Pandabonium, nice shot. This must be a very big lake. What's the place at the far end?

Am having my sunshades on to enjoy the view.

Pandabonium said...

Kitaura, which means "north lagoon" is a long narrow lake running north and south for about 25 km (about 16 miles) and where I took the photo is about 5 km wide. On the opposite (west) shore is an area that is part of Namegata "City" - the realm of the Moody Minstrel. Beyond that is Japan's 2nd largest lake, Kasumigaura.

Chen said...

sounds like u have a wonderful evening or late afternoon.
Reminds me of those days when I used to own a mountain bike, whereby I used to cycle around or nearby the lake :)

The Moody Minstrel said...

Wow! That's a pretty moody picture of our favorite, neighboring body of water! I'm trying to decide whether that sun looks sentimental or baleful. That giant eagle swooping down on my "city" doesn't bode very well, does it?

You've talked about Kitaura before, and I managed to keep my mouth shut then, but now the cup seems to be running over. Actually, I'm not so sure "lagoon" is an accurate translation of "ura". A lagoon in the normal sense is usually called a sekiko (潟湖) or shouko (礁湖). The word root "ura" (浦), which is never used by itself but only as part of a name, represents an enclosed body of salt water or mixed salt/fresh water that is larger than a lagoon but smaller than a bay (wan 湾). There is probably no direct English equivalent. The best I could get from any of my Japanese-English dictionary sources is "salt-water lake".

Hmm..."North Saltwater Lake". Nah, too wordy. Alright, lagoon will do fine. Never mind. Carry on.

Pandabonium said...

I love my bicycle Chen - I see so much more than I would in a car, yet cover more area than I can on foot. Happily, this area is pretty bicycle friendly.

Thank you to the erudite Moody Minstrel for clearing that up....I think. :D
Interesting when one language has more ways to describe something than another language does.

Sunshine again - off on the bike to get some info for my next post...

Robin said...

Sun rises, sun sets, but how many of us actually stand there and admire the daily beauty.

Pandabonium said...

It isn't always easy to take time, but that makes it all the better when one does. I do miss those Maui and Taveuni sunsets though.

I should be grateful anyway, as each one marks another gift - the gift of one more day of living that I just received.