Monday, March 22, 2010

Beppu Yufu-Dake

Wind swept on the saddle of the summit.

With the friendly walkers who adopted me at the beginning.

View from the bottom- at the onsen we went to soak in post walk

View from the top - 1,548 metres above sea level.

The walk started in open fields; then through winter bare forests where gusts of wind lifted the deep layer of dried leaves into spectacular whirls; then cedar pines where we walked on the fallen pine needles releasing their perfumed oils; then up above the tree line clambering over volcanic rock of the long dormant volcano to the wind battered summit.

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