It was a balmy -1 this morning, no wind, very light intermittent snow. To be able to stand outside for long periods of time without a hat and hood, and only 1 pair of gloves is pretty epic.
We were hoping for a hoar frost but no that didn't happen. I didn't dare tell the guys that I'm a hoar frost jinx... 7 winter visits to Central Otago and I'm yet to experience a proper hoar frost.
We spent a pleasant morning shooting along the roadside in a pretty valley. We always see things on the main roads but you are not allowed to stop photograph on the highways (seriously... as in fines and vehicle confiscation).
We stopped in a town called Mombetsu, to take a group photo beside the giant 12 metre crab claw. No, I have no idea why this was necessary. No crab on the lunch menu unfortunately.
The other day I was persuaded to try something unusual; Mozuku is a type of seaweed much loved here. Its dark green, is chock full of things good for you but... it resembles... is... slimy, algae. It was kind of a challenge really and I did it. Surprisingly it tasted nice, but I couldn't eat anymore though as I couldn't get past the texture.
We have arrived at our last destination; Saroma Lake. Not seen anything of the lake as yet. Sun sets before 4.30pm and it's full dark before 5pm. Only tomorrow and half of Saturday to go and I'll be on my tod again in Tokyo. I'll miss the guys and Yukiko our interpreter/assistant/wonder woman.
Tonight's onsen was spectacular; the inside was fairly typical but the outside was a landscaped masterpiece of gigantic rocks, trees & covered in snow. The pool of water itself was fashoned like a rock pool & had a winding wading path through the water leading you through the rocks to seats built out of natural rock. Quite beautiful.
Umm just in case you wondered; NO you cannot take photos in an onsen. For one thing there are naked bodies swanning about and for another the quantity of steam would completely destroy the camera.
Gotta go get some sleep.