Whether in frozen magnanimity or tranquil anticipation…..lakes add oomph to their surroundings.

Winter blanket: 1.Kananaskis Lake, upper and lower, located in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada .

2. Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

Lake Louise

Summer Special:  1. Okanagan Lake, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada


2. Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada,


From Above….Owakudani

Flipping through my Photo file I came across pictures of Owakudani or the Great Boiling Valley in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Not exactly ‘roofs’ but views of the burning valley and sheds from the Hakone Ropeway.

DSCN3287Owakudani or Jigokudani is centered on a crater formed by the last eruption of Mount Hakone some 3000 years ago. It is still sizzling, scarred with clouds of steam bursting through the crevasses. The entire gorge, engulfed in acrid sulfur smell, makes for a risky walking venture, there is a walking trail from the Ropeway station into the valley dotted with steam vents and bubbling pools. Black eggs or Kuro-tamago cooked in the sulfuric hot waters and said to prolong one’s life by seven years, are  temptation amidst the burning sensations.

DSCN3290Access to Owakudani is via the Hakone Ropeway from either Sounzen Station or Togendai Station on the shore of the fabulously clear Lake Ashi. We took the Ropeway from Sounzen and stopped at Owakudani and then proceeded to Togendai. On a clear day one has a spectacular view of Mount Fuji and vagaries of nature… the still fiery autumn colors and then, next minute, the theatrical boiling Jigokudani.


I had visited Owakudani in November 2010 courtesy JNTO, Japan

Odds and Ends

Ailsa’s Challenge\Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge

Wall writings in a Pub…appropriate for the festive season. Gurgaon, India



Odd balls one cannot discard….a Goat Walk ( somewhere in British Columbia, Canada)



Fresh and Fruity

Harvest Moon festival is also about fruits….Persimmons ….something to moon about

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Farm fresh grapes, pears and peaches…luring colors and shapes… (pictures taken near Kelowna, BC, Canada on a fruit picking outing….



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Happy Feet….

IMG_3119Calgary Tower…collective feet-strength to look down 191 metres at Downtown Calgary. We are standing on the glass floor of the Observation Deck of the Tower awaiting a picturesque presentation of the city below, the sun-burnished Rocky Mountains, the foothills and the prairies.

Looking down…The Core of Calgary (Downtown)

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2. Two feet-Four feetKangaroo Creek Farm, Winfield, British Columbia…a family enjoyment place with uncaged Kangaroos, Wallabies. Wallaroos, mean looking Pot_bellied Pigs (thankfully fenced), snooty Emus, Parrots, Ducks, peacock and cuddly baby goats.