Simply known as the “Blue Pond,” the beautiful body of water in the town of Biei in Hokkaido, Japan seems to change colors right before visitors’ eyes. Depending on how the light falls, or in Japanese photographer Kent Shiraishi’s opinion, “because of the weather,” the picturesque pond can be a breathtaking turquoise blue color or a stunning emerald green.
In the months of October and November this year, Shiraishi captured these shots of the green pond with snow covered trees rising out of it. The artificial pond was created as part of an erosion control system that was built to prevent damage to Biei in case of an eruption by nearby Mount Tokachidake. The blue color of the pond, for which it is known, has not been fully explained but is attributed to the presence of aluminum hydroxide in the water that reflects the shorter wavelength blue light the same way the earth’s atmosphere does. What a dreamy spot for photographers.
I am by no means the stoner I once was but I have been living on a slice for the past two months and I am down to my last bitty nug.
And my period is coming.
This photo of me on a hike in Alaska this Thanksgiving has gotten almost 50 likes on Facebook and I can’t even describe how bashful that makes me like I don’t even realize I had that many people still giving a shit about me and I know its just a picture but being all alone out here in Minnesota with Facebook being my only connection I feel some sense of relief like I still matter even though I feel like such neglect has been in play (being my faults, I can’t really blame others of course). I guess… Social media is good for something.