12th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
When the Star Trails Freeze
The picture describes a night at the Shirakawa Ice Pillars through diagonal fisheye lens. This is a plain dry cliff during summer time, but only at the most freezing months of winter, huge ice pillars like this form. The picture was taken while waiting for the half-moon to fully rise.
Even with the moon, the stars are clear and the evening air is crisp. The foot of the Ontake-san is one of the few places left in Japan where we can enjoy a beautiful dark sky, though this place has become dangerous after the eruption of the Ontake-san this September.
© Akiko Ikeda.
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||Nov. 25, 2014, 12:46 p.m.
||Canon EOS 6D