The deep forests and coastlines inhabited by wildlife. Introducing Hokkaido’s natural scenery that changes with the seasons
【Kamuy landscapes】 Mysterious clouds above the sea off Rausu, the southern limit of the drift ice
I boarded a sightseeing boat departing from Rausu to photograph the Steller’s sea eagles and white-tailed sea eagles wintering over the drift ice, and used a telephoto lens to shoot the birds resting on the ice floes.
When I looked up to the sky, I saw mysterious clouds along the peninsula – natural art created by the wind. I change to a wide-angle lens, and capture pictures of the bold sky, with the eagles and drift ice, which had earlier been the main subjects, dotted among the landscape.
The Shiretoko Peninsula is a landform created by mountains over 1,500 meters from the coast. A slight change in wind direction can create clouds and sudden changes in weather. The sea is the southern limit of drift ice, and the straits between Rausu and Kunashiri Island are narrow. This unique environment nurtures an abundance of nature.
Surrounded by drift ice aboard the boat, I began to feel a slightly warmer breeze as I savored Shiretoko’s charms.
(Photo and words by Shigeru Tadanobu)