A waterfall vase with a fantastic atmosphere created by the sunlight

Seirei Waterfall 蜻蛉の滝

This waterfall is located at Yoshino county, Nara, Japan. The central area of the Kii peninsula. Yoshino is one of the old places in Japan where has a lot of legends. The name of this waterfall has a story also.
Seirei waterfall at Yoshino Nara. It was named after the dragonfly legend that saved the 21st Emperor Yuryaku (the latter half of the 5th century) from a horsefly bite. Seirei is a different name of the dragonfly. In Japanese, The dragonfly is called Tombo usually.

broad-winged damselfly (Calopteryx cornelia)

The day I visited here, a lot of dragonflies were flying around the small river runs crystal-clear water.

This waterfall has two stages with a height of about 50m, has another name as “The rainbow waterfall”. I was lucky when I could visit here on a sunny day. When I gazed at the bottom of the waterfall, there was a fantastic scene that the second stage waterfall vase was shining in mysterious colors. It was a great moment.

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The rainy season is approaching

Crane flies (Tipulidae) mating on the mossy rock.

The dive shop was unavailable due to Covid-19. I often go out to the mountains. The social distance that no one can reach even if I call out loudly there. All I can hear is the sound of the mountain stream, the sing of birds, and frogs. Recently, cloudy days are getting more, and damp moss deepens their green. When large Crane flies (Tipulidae) softly stopped on the rock, they began to breed.
I tried no-tripod macro shooting. In underwater, the no-tripod shot is regular. However, I learned that land is so difficult.

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Japanese wisteria (Wisteria floribunda)

Wisteria is convenient as a ceiling material of rest space like at a public park. It is okay, even in the strong sunlight. It does not only bloom a beautiful flower, but also, in the summer, its overlapping leaves provide people a cool sunshade. In winter, leaves are falling, and the sunshine through to the bench seat. Sometimes, Carpenter bee(Xylocopa appendiculata) are coming. They are a big bee, but no need to scare. They are a family of a honeybee. They just come to gather flower nectar of wisteria.

A bunch of flowers under the sea

The visibility is not the same in even the same point, you know. We like clear water for diving. However, sometimes, murky water gives us a chance. When I took this photo, the visibility of the surface was awful. On that day, the sunlight didn’t reach the seabed where was ordinary days bright. I was Swimming in dim light with buddies. Suddenly this bunch of Orange cup coral was appearing in the spotlight of my flashlight. All tentacles were blooming. It looked like a bunch of orange color Daisy flowers.
The Orange cup coral might have been mistaken for the night due to the dark surroundings. Owase, Mie, Japan

Periclimenes Kobayashi

Cleaner shrimp

Periclimenes Kobayashi (Okuno & Nomura, 2002)
This commensal shrimp finds easy on the tentacle of Dofleinia armata Wassilieff, 1908 which is a venomous sea anemone. Transparent with red spots and a white band. Eyes are impressive. The eyeball is in a transparent sphere and chasing my moving.
at Oobana point (-18m), Owase, Mie, Japan

A small hidden waterfall

A small hidden waterfall at the Lake Tsukigase, Nara City, Japan.
Water from the deep forest flows down into the lake. This waterfall is called “Ryuo no Taki = The waterfall of Dragon King”. It has a legend. This waterfall was found about 1300 years ago by En no Ozunu who is called “En no Gyouja”, also. He is the founder of Shugendo. And this place used as a place for training.
Shugendo is the Japanese mountain asceticism-shamanism incorporating Shinto and Buddhist concepts.

Cherry blossoms (Sakura)

Nabari, Mie, Japan

Cherry blossoms (Sakura) are the symbol of spring in Japan- In Japan, April is the month starting a new life. From the kindergarten or primary school to university are starting in April. Business life also.
The end of March to early April, Cherry blossoms are blooming everywhere in Japan. Parks in cities, Roadsides, mountains … From the flowers begin blooming to the flowers disperse, about one week, festivals to see cherry blossoms are held in various parts of Japan. A spring festival where you can sing, dance, drink and eat, and enjoy the beauty of Sakura.
This year was no ordinary spring scenery. No festival was held this year to avoiding the danger of COVID-19. However, the flowers are beautiful even this sad situation.

Sun ball

The scenery from under the sea

“How inappropriate to call this planet “Earth,” when it is clearly “Ocean.”
― Arthur C. Clarke

The sunny day of the scenery from under the sea is especially great. The bright sun ball can be seen on the surface at distance. Colorful soft corals are emphasized in the contrast of the deep blue water and white sunbeam. What a wonderful space it is! at Owase, Mie, Japan

The edge of the sea

the bay entrance of Shirasama-beach point

I like the shallows. You can observe creatures for a long time in the warm sunshine. This is the bay entrance of Shirasama-beach point. It is a place where you can enjoy rocky, sandy, silt and various environments.

“The edge of the sea is a strange and beautiful place.” -Rachel Carson