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Longing to be back to the land by the sea,
Where the air smelled nostalgically sweet in the cool summer breeze.
I felt lucky to go abroad, working close to the shore
While some of the staff had never left their country before.
(excerpt from my poem Memoirs of an Intern )

Taken May 20, 2007 with a Fuji E-510

This image is the cover for my Miura Coast calendar.

This rock in, known as Shiroyama (literally means “white mountain”), is located Arasaki Park (Yokosuka, Japan). Yokosuka is a city in Miura near Hayama, the town where I did my internship. Hayama is renowned for the beach and green hills, and this place was just a drive down.

Hayama literally means “leaf mountain” in Japanese, and indeed Hayama is full of green mountains. The coast of Yokosuka, as well as Hayama; along with other cities in Miura are popular for their beaches and offer a rich experience with nature. Areas like these are very different from Tokyo (which is a lot of people’s idea of Japan).

I loved it here; in this park, nature itself is a work of art. And by the sea, the air smelled nostalgically sweet…

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  • richiedean
    richiedeanalmost 7 years ago

    Love the shape of the trees and the texture of the rock …. nice image Mui-Ling :))

  • mieclarke
    mieclarkealmost 7 years ago

    Love the texture of the rocks and shape of the trees as richie said….beautiful!

  • Matt Halls
    Matt Hallsalmost 7 years ago

    Amazing natural structure…so very well captured..love the smooth textures. Great work Mui-Ling!

  • Vasile Stan
    Vasile Stanalmost 7 years ago

    This landscape is so like the Japanese paintings, and I thought they had a special way of painting the nature, now I see that the nature is special. I think this looks even better framed.

  • You’re right iCandor. I was very fascinated by the sculptural form of this rock. When I went back to school, I showed photos to classmates and they were fascinated by Hayama’s scenery.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Kenny Gulley Jr.
    Kenny Gulley Jr.almost 7 years ago


  • Jason D. Laderoute
    Jason D. Lader...almost 7 years ago

    What a treasure, to see this, like Bonsai Trees, Excellently Composed, I see where so much Japanese Carvings are inspired by true Land scapes, and how much this lends to a creative Spirit.

  • It truly is a beautiful place. Thanks!

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • elena7
    elena7almost 7 years ago

    nice capture and unusual view!

  • RLHall
    RLHallover 6 years ago

    Gorgeous shot! Love the weathered trees and rock :-)

  • amarica
    amaricaover 6 years ago

    Excellent capture Mui-Ling

  • Susan van Zyl
    Susan van Zylover 6 years ago

    Love it!!!!!!

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