The startling bells at the modest shrine likely scared off creatures of all sizes. Following the path around the back of the shrine led to this noble tree. Next was a tiny waterfall against a rock wall and the end of the trail.
My manager took a few of us deep into the Shirakamisanchi region. It covers parts of Akita and Aomori prefectures, way up in northern Honshu. This area is famous for being naturally gorgeous and a forest full of beech trees along with the fine specimen above. I believe it is a Japanese cedar but am open to correction.
Nine is the number of this post but it is also a bad number in Japan. This tree balances karma.
Have you experimented with a different angle with your camera? Part of the fun is the gamble – will I fail or will I get an engaging shot? And aren’t trees amazing?