Mount Gusuku is located on one of the several small islands surrounding “mainland” Okinawa. The name of the island is Le 伊江村.
It’s right in front of the Okinawa Aquarium, and I was lucky enough to be there at the time of the year when close to the horizon the sun hovers right on top of the mountain.
As you can see from the last pic, the sun didn’t go to sleep right behing Mount Gusuku, but close enough.
I’ve not posted more pics of my trip to Okinawa in a while. The reason is that I still have to process some images that require a bit of care and I want to make sure I have enough time to focus on them.
Yesterday I went to Longtan lake and carried my camera with me, hoping I may be able to take some nice shots of birds, spiders, turtles etc.
I’ve had a good time and took nearly 100 images. Some of them were pretty good, I was extremely excited about two in particular: a bird in flight that I managed to shoot at 1/4000th of a second in a very interesting mid-air pose, and a monstrous spider the size of my hand.
As usual, as soon as I got home I copied the images on my pc to have a back up and…SD got corrupted. All images are lost.
Fun fact: it happened to my best SD card. I have a bunch of cheap Transcend cards that I’ve been using for years with no hiccups, while my Sandisk Pro SD card just gave me the finger. Glad it didn’t happen to the pics of Okinawa, it would have been insane.
Anyway, I hope this coming weekend to upload some new stuff from Japan.
Gyokusendo Cave – おきなわワールド, is a long underground cave that can be found underneath the theme park Okinawa World.
Warning: plenty of photos ahead.
Don’t be fooled my my pictures: the cave is very dark, as well as extremely wet. It takes quite a bit of time to walk from the entrance to the exit, and the cave is full of interesting natural stone formations.
An umbrella would ve overkill, but carrying a light rainjacket or at least a hat is highly reccomended. Also, watch out for slippery surfaces and random rock formations at head-height.
I took all my pictures handheld at ISO 6400, f4 and shutter speed based on the available light. If you plan to go there with your camera, I think that the ideal lens would be a fast ultra wide angle like a 14-24 f2.8 for Nikon, 16-35 f2.8 for Canon of thenewer Tamron 15-30 f2.8. An ultra wide lens is almost mandatory becaure the walking path is right next to the rock formations, there are very few situations where a longer zoom could be useful.
Okinawa World has some interesting things to watch. We definitely enjoyed the tribal dance show, as well as the old building that show the traditional homes of Okinawans. Since it’s necessary to buy a ticket for each area, I’d say the traditional village and the caves are the two most interesting things to see.
Apparently, in the waters of the cave there are some species of crabs, fish and…weird things. I couldn’t see any, but I guess they tend to live far from the artifical lights.
Pictures of the part of Okinawa World that lies above the ground will be available in a separate post.