Blue Mountains

Blue MountainsIf you want to know why the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia (not far from Sydney) are called the blue mountains just look at the photo above.

Apparently small particles, from the eucalyptus oil that rises in the air from all those millions of eucalyptus trees, break up the sunlight and leave us with the blue end of the spectrum.

Rural Japan

DSCN2091Tea fields, a bamboo grove, pine forests shrouding sharp mountainsides, and clear spring water that has just emerged from the rocks; it can only be rural Japan, and it is only about 15 minutes by car from a major city.