12th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
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.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 01.2014
Date Uploaded: 11.2014
Photo Location: Otaki-mura, Nagano Prefecture, Japan
Camera: Canon EOS 6D
Copyright: © Akiko Ikeda