Arriving at 6:00 a.m. at a minus 10 degrees Celsius temperature, we strolled along a wooden path while looking at the meandering Kushiro River. We saw great spotted woodpeckers, red-crowned cranes, willow tits, Hokkaido sika deers, and Ezo red foxes in a landscape where the dead grass and trees were covered with a light layer of ice.
This is the Kayanuma area of Shibecha Town. There is Kushiro River, once artificially straightened, has been restored to its natural, meandering course.
(I took photos on December 7 and 8, 2020)
At 7:00 a.m., the sun begins to shine on the trees
Hokkaido sika deer and rime ice
A willow tit puffs up its feathers
The rime ice on the dead grass creates a momentary glow
The meandering Kushiro River flows slowly