I haven't been to Mt. Tsurumi since last year's February. Exactly one year has passed and I finally went up there again with two of my friends to take photos of the snowy Beppu on last Thursday. The night before that we saw a minor blizzard hitting the city, so we planned to go up on the mountain on the next morning in hope of seeing some spectacular wintery landscape, and so we did. The scenery at the top of the mountain was just mind blowing. Everything was white. I kept telling my friends how it reminded me of Hokkaido. There were many other groups of photographers as well. Most of them were old people with some really nice cameras. I saw exactly 0 bird but it didn't matter since I was too busy taking photos of the gorgeous landscape. Here I share some of the shots that I took and hope that all of you will enjoy!
A view from the top of Mt. Tsurumi
The clouds moved really fast and the light would change almost every minute.
Some photos of the shrine near the cable car station
It almost looked as if the flowers are blooming!
Below is a panoramic view of the area behind the cable car station
The only bird that I could photograph on that day was surprisingly a female White-backed Woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos namiyei) that was found feeding in the park near the lower cable car station after I came down from the mountain top. I first heard its call coming from a distance. I later accidentally flushed the bird and it flew out to a nearby tree, but it was too difficult to get a decent shot as it was extremely shy. The only acceptable shot that I got is the one below. You can't even see its whole body. Hope I can get a better shot in the future.