December 7, 2013

Seaside Park, Japan

Photograph by Hideyuki Katagiri

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This hill is filled with kokia every autumn. It is planted in summer and grows red in autumn. On this day, the sunlight was shining on the kokia at dusk. It looks like a burning hill. Seaside Park, Hitachinaka.

(This photo and caption were submitted to the 2013 National Geographic Photo Contest.)


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28 comments
Shannon T
Shannon T

I love the Ferris Wheel in the background. I can just imagine sitting on this hill that looks secluded yet hearing the carnival sounds in the distance.

flo chapgier
flo chapgier

ohh so beautiful.     thank you Hideyuki !!

Janice H.
Janice H.

This photograph is fascinating, awesome and beautiful!       So delightful to look at and wonder about and perfectly captured here.             What amazing things nature has to offer us, always something new.

Kimmie Petker
Kimmie Petker

That is so gorgeous!  May I please have some in my yard?  I love the subtle shades.

Joyce Baskind
Joyce Baskind

Is it my imagination, or is that a ferris wheel in the far distance?

Abby Comstock
Abby Comstock

I love how it looks like there is nothing around for miles, but you see the Ferris Wheel in the background. Very beautiful!

Anita Filson
Anita Filson

I can't see the photograph because of the large ad placed on top of it.  Wish that were not the case.

Robertas R.
Robertas R.

The photo just simple, but... original. Great lighting moment.

Justin Sykes
Justin Sykes

The rich autumnal colours give a warmth to this photo that is clearly not warranted.  The two people are wearing coats that suggest that the evening is cool.  At first glance it appears as a wilderness scene, but upon closer inspection it is possible to see that they may have been on a romantic date at the park that contains the ferris wheel.


It is easy to understand why interior decorators use soft reds and blues together.  It is as if nature deemed them compatible.  My criticism is of the resolution.  There are compression artifacts around the couple that are unsightly.  If we were able to download at higher resolution this problem would be alleviated.


Technicality / Composition / Content / X factor / originality = 8/10 zoom lenses 

Lawrence Sibley
Lawrence Sibley

This hillside of kokia seems like an enthralled assembly of spiky haired individuals being addressed by the couple.  The Ferris wheel peeking over the curved horizon is significant, like it is a symbol representing the kokia ideology or theology.

fatemeh n.
fatemeh n.

it's wonderful. I realy like it...

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